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"Having helped us secure a brilliant CEO, the firm are now helping us build an equally impressive senior management team"

Sir Keith Mills, former Chief Executive, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games

September 2010


Odgers Berndtson BELUX,  previously known as Ray & Berndtson, welcomes you with our newsletter. As of April 2009, Ray & Berndtson changes name to Odgers Berndtson. The name change is one of many steps taken by our group to further increase integration and interaction between our 57 offices in 27 countries around the world, and thereby improving transparency and service to our clients. The name Odgers comes from our market-leading British operations and Berndtson originates from the other offices in the group. Together we have chosen a name which describes where we come from but above all describes who we are today.

Odgers Berndtson is one of the top 3 Executive Search firms in Belgium and our highly experienced team covers all the major industries from our office in Brussels.

Market share rankings revealed for UK Executive search industry

Market Share Rankings of the leading players in the UK's retained executive search industry have been revealed today (5 July 2010) in the most authoritative report available. Executive Grapevine's UK Retained Executive Search Industry Report 2009/2010 gives a unique insight into what is otherwise an unreported industry. Analysing the market share of UK's most prominent retained search firms and year-on-year trends, the study carries with it the support of the majority of the country's top headhunters.

One of the most significant findings of this year's report is how similar the current list of Top 40 UK Retained Executive Search Firms is relative to last year. Odgers Berndtson retain their place at the top of the table with 7.7% market share calculated by Net Fee Income (NFI), whilst the remainder of the top four remains unchanged with Egon Zehnder, Russell Reynolds and Spencer Stuart holding their respective positions of second, third and fourth. The Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann merger has helped them to jump one place over Heidrick & Struggles to fifth.

Odgers Berndtson retained by Rio 2016 Olympic Organising Committee"As Tony Blair was Prime Minister when London bid for the Games, and in the years after they won the vote, it will be very important for us to hear about his views and experiences, particularly on the subject of the post-bidding process," said the Governor of Rio, Sergio Cabral, who is in London with Brazilian Sports Minister Orlando Silva and Organising Committee president Carlos Nuzman for meetings with the London Organising Committee.
Cabral added: "London was our inspiration during the bid."
Nuzman said the Rio team was already drawing on the operation of the London 2012 Organising Committee. "We have been most impressed with the professionalism of the organising committee as they prepare to hold 28 ‘World championships’ at the same time over two weeks.

"We like the way sport is leading the Organising Committee thanks to my friend Sebastian Coe."
Nuzman added that the Rio team were impressed with the method LOCOG used to organise tenders for work, and said that the Rio 2016 would be filling senior positions within its Organising Committee by using the same team of professional ‘headhunters’ - Odgers Berndtson - that London 2012 employed.


  • Odgers Berndtson is a new brand, representing one of the most successful and established global executive search entities in the world. Formerly known as Ray & Berndtson, our change of name reflects our commitment to work even more cohesively to find the highest calibre of individuals throughout the world.

  • Why us?

    Unlike the major top retained executive search practices worldwide, Odgers Berndtson works largely on a partnership model, with most national businesses independently owned by their management.

  • International Assignments

    Odgers Berndtson operates best practice procedures across the Group, to ensure that clients with global requirements get the quality and dedication they expect, regardless of where the appointment is.

  • Our Philosophy

    The Odgers Berndtson Group focuses on providing clients with the highest return on investment in leadership, developing committed client relationships and exceeding expectations by working to four key operating principles.

  • Our Culture

    The core of our culture is a commitment to exceptional service. We know that recruitment can have more impact on an organization's success - and on an individual's career - than any other business decision. We are entirely focussed on finding the right person for the right opportunity.

  • Facts & Figures

    The Odgers Berndtson Group dates from 1965 and as of 2009 has revenues in excess of $210 million. The group has over 200 partners supported by more than 350 consultants and researchers in 27 countries worldwide.