The Taplow Group is governed by a Board of Directors. While the Board of Directors focuses on strategic issues The Regional Directors manage the operational day-to-day issues in their region, both work closely together and complement each other for the benefit of all our operating companies and clients.
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors supervises the policies of the group as well as the general affairs of the company, it advises and monitors the work of the Regional Directors in executing their role, both Board’s are guided by the interests of the company and takes into account the relevant interests of the company's shareholders.
Each Board member is capable of assessing the broad outline of the overall policies and has the specific expertise required for the fulfillment of the duties assigned to her/him within the framework of the Board of Directors profile. The composition of the Board of Directors is such that it is able to carry out its duties properly.
The role of the Operating Board of Directors is to manage the company, which means, among other things, that it is responsible for achieving the company's aims, strategy and policy, and results. The Board of Directors is accountable for this to the share holders during the general meeting of shareholders. In discharging its role, the Board of Directors is guided by the interests of the company, taking into consideration the interests of the company's shareholders.
The Board of Directors is responsible for complying with all relevant legislation and regulations, for managing the risks associated with the company's activities and for financing the company. The Board of Directors reports related developments to and discusses the internal risk management and control systems and implements the required actions accordingly, some of the high lights are listed below:
- Establish and safeguard The Taplow Group's vision and mission
- Establish and safeguard The Taplow Group's values
- Establish, Respect and amend The Taplow Group's By-laws *
- Enhance The Taplow Group's Public Image
- Periodically assess the Operating Board's strategies, decisions, strengths, needs and performance
- Implement and monitor The Taplow Group's Programs and Services day-to-day.
- Ensure effective Organizational Planning.
- Manage The Group's resources effectively.
- Organize annual meetings.
- Select & Appoint the Executive Officers *
- Enhance The Taplow Group's public image.
- Elect Board Members, Directors and Committees. *
- Serve as a Court of Appeal.
* require share holders approval during SGM
Marios Paras - Chairman (British) Founding Partner
Marios Paras was first appointed to the Board of Management of The Taplow Group as Financial Director in 2000 and then to the Supervisory Board in 2005. He served as the Supervisory Board Chairman and member of the audit, & nomination committees. Marios Paras has over 30 years of international experience in the HR sector; he served as the Managing Director of Rowlands International, Vedior, Tempo Team as well as several other group companies (now part of the Randstad Group nv), He also seats on the following boards LPRA, ECSSA, M&M Ch Paras, Patent Black & Decker, Leadership Scope, he is also the managing partner of Taplow Luxembourg. He was educated in the UK, & US; he has written a book on Working Careers and he has published a large number of articles on issues ranging from Executive Search & Human Capital issues. In 2000/1 he led the first RPO delivery in Luxembourg; the project successfully delivered the recruitment of 750 people by creating the first recruitment & assessment centre in Luxembourg.
Elwin W. Hannock III - Vice-Chairman (USA) Founding Partner
Terry Hannock served as the first Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2002-2004, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2005-2006 and joined the Supervisory Board in 2007. Terry Hannock is the owner and president of Flynn Hannock, LLC, a retained executive search firm. Prior to joining the firm in 1980, Terry Hannock served in a variety of corporate human resource leadership positions. He has served on the Board of Visitors of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford, the Board of the Seniors Job Bank, and the Board of Trustees of the Williston Northampton School and is a past President of the Human Resources Association of Central Connecticut.
Hans Holter-Sorensen - Chief Executive Officer (Norwegian)
Hans was elected to the board of the Taplow Group in 2006, and was appointed CEO in March 2012. Hans Holter-Sorensen is educated in Business Administration from Norway and the United States. He has managerial experience from Norwegian business before he joined Ernst & Young Consulting in 1998. Hans joined the Norwegian Taplow office in 2004, where he is managing partner.
Charles Russam - Founding Partner (British)
In the ten years before establishing Russam GMS in 1982, Charles
Russam, FCA, gained senior management experience with The Burton Group
- now Arcadia - and Whitbread in financial, business development and
general management areas and was Business Development Director of
Beefeater Steakhouses in their exciting and formative early years.
Setting up his own management consultancy in the early 1980's, he
quickly noticed that there was virtually no mechanism for the
provision of short term management support at senior levels - which is
what Charles did - and whence we derive our claim to be "the longest
established mainstream Interim Management Provider in the UK". Charles
founded the IMA, the Industry Professional Association in 1987 which
has now developed into a strong driving force behind the growth of
this important sector. He was its Deputy Chairman for eight years and
headed up its Marketing Committee. Charles has written and had
published over the years well over 50 articles and innumerable quotes
about flexible employment at senior levels and the changing ways in
which businesses can be managed more effectively through people. He
has given evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on
Employment, has spoken at national and international conferences, has
been on radio and has appeared on television on two occasions. Charles
lives in North Buckinghamshire and enjoys golf and collecting old
The role of the Regional Directors is to lead their region in growing the regions business as well as represent and assist the Board of Directors in the day to day operations of the company in their region. They work together with the board of Directors in promoting the groups strategy, below are only some of the high lights of the responsibilities attributed to the role:
- Be the regional representative of the Company.
- Organize regional meetings in co operation with the Board of Director responsible for the region.
- Proactively develop synergies within the region.
- Identify and pre-qualify potential new Partner Firms for Board Review.
- Enhance Taplow Group's public image.
Sheldon Zhou - Asia Pacific
Sheldon is the Managing partner for our China offices; he has numerous years expertise in partnering with clients expanding into the Asia Pacific region as well as extensive expertise in China.
Helmut Boehler - Europe
Helmut Boehler is one of the founding partners of The Taplow Group. Helmut Boehler has been in the search industry for nearly 30 years prior to which he held Senior HR Director Positions with international IT/TC and Retail companies in Germany. Before founding his own international search firm in 1997, he was Boyden International Germany’s General Manager. Helmut is the Managing Partner of the Taplow office in Berlin, Germany.
Tácito M. Bocaiuva - Latin America
Tácito is the managing partner of our partners in Brazil, the company is one of Brazil’s foremost executive search organisations, Tácito has assisted many international firms grow in Latin Americas fasted growth areas.
Steve Schrenzel North America
Steve Schrenzel was elected Regional Director for North America in 2007. Steve Schrenzel is the CEO of our office in NY, USA, one of the earliest Partners of The Taplow Group. Prior to re-joining The company in the early 1990?s, Steve served in a variety of senior management roles with several global financial services and industrial companies including The LTV Corporation, The Rockefeller Group and Manu Life. Prior consulting experience included Thomas L. Jacobs & Associates and a predecessor to The Governance Group. A graduate of The University of Illinois, Schrenzel served as a Major in the US Army in a number of global commands.