Leadership consulting

International Center for Executive Options (ICEO®)

Our International Center for Executive Options (ICEO®) advises senior business leaders around the world about how to navigate leadership changes and transitions and advance their professional goals, brand and legacy by opening doors to new possibilities. 

Whether it’s due to a change in strategy, the need to make room for emerging leaders, or the desire to follow a personal passion, there comes a time when senior business leaders need to move on. 

Those who leave your organization with dignity and the support to advance their careers are much more likely to serve as valuable brand ambassadors. They’ll pass on vital knowledge to remaining leaders, and help successors maintain strong client relationships.

We surround leaders with a dedicated team of senior experts and peer advisors to offer the most comprehensive experience in the industry, including:

  • Assessing different professional options including; traditional corporate roles, venture capital and private equity roles, entrepreneurship; board service, and portfolio careers (combining part-time board service, advisory, and consulting).
  • Introductions to fellow industry leaders, executive recruiters, private equity firms, venture capitalists and ICEO® alumni.
  • Access to ICEO® advisors in 20 business centers around the world.

 

Lee Hecht Harrison®'s ICEO® center has developed into a first rate resource for high level professionals in transition. Lee Hecht Harrison now provides world class support for this level of executive, surrounding clients with competent, available experts who quickly put me in a position to approach the market in a focused, confident and prepared manner. It is no coincidence that I quickly found an exciting, rewarding position as a General Counsel in a talented biotech company that fully matched my hopes and expectations.
 

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Biotech Industry
 

 

Our ICEO® leaders and advisors

Els Smeding

Els Smeding

Senior Vice President, Global Sales

In her role as Senior Vice President Global Sales Els manages our strategic partnerships with industry leaders across multiple industries.

In close collaboration with her clients, and together with the wider account team, she coordinates the development & delivery of tailored made people programs. These programs are aimed at enabling our clients to build and maintain an agile & engaged workforce; as such positioning them to identify and capture all opportunities in a fluctuating market.

Prior to joining Lee Hecht Harrison, Els has worked with clients across several industries, in business development and strategic account management roles, with leading companies such as McKinney Rogers, WGSN and more recently TNT.

Born in Belgium Els currently resides in The Netherlands with her husband and two sons with whom she shares her passion for traveling and nature. Els' language skills include English, French, Dutch and Flemish.

Nathalie Rifici

Nathalie Rifici

Operations Director

In her role as “Operations Director", Nathalie serves as the primary relationship owner for an assigned group of top tier client accounts across various industries. In close co-operation with them, she identifies their needs and consults on best practices for workforce transformation solutions. This way, she ensures clients derive maximum value from our services.

Prior to joining LHH, Nathalie has always worked in the market research industry with clients across FMCG and Telecom. In the past 12 years she held various positions at Nielsen (Global Market Leader) and Haystack (Pioneer in Multisensory Research Consultancy) and was able to build solid expertise in Account Management, Research, Project Management, People, Operations, Finance & General Management.

In her private life, Nathalie is passionate about spending time with her family (husband and 2 young kids), dining with friends & travel.  

Her language skills include English, French and Flemish.

Our ICEO® services

Contact one of our ICEO® advisors to discuss how we can help with you or a senior leader at your organization.

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