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International Executive Search Taplow Consulting France expands its services with Interim Management.

Author: SuperUser Account/Monday, December 17, 2018/Categories: News

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For nearly 10 years, two human resources consulting firms, Taplow Consulting France, expert in Executive Search, coaching and management consulting, and Aptimen Managers, expert in interim management, have been working together to provide their customers with complementary services. With the acquisition of Aptimen Managers, Taplow Consulting France integrates a 1,000 interim managers network and provides its customers with a global offer, combining executive search and interim management.

Thanks to worldwide establishments of The Taplow Group and the recognized expertise of Aptimen Managers, the new entity will be able to offer a greater flexibility to managers and executive management applicants in a moving economic conditions.

A new international leader in interim management is born! 

Jean-Marc Bury, Chairman of Taplow Consulting France,
Xavier de Lombarès, Managing Director of Aptimen Managers,
and Stéphane Martinod, France Managing Partner of Taplow consulting France

The integration of Aptimen Managers into the leader of executive search was inevitable. 

This integration is a relevant illustration of a successful consultancy firm transmission with benefit from intuitu personae relations by both chairmen built year after year.

Jean-Marc Bury, Chairman of Taplow Consulting France, Stéphane Martinod, France Managing Partner of Taplow Consulting France and Xavier de Lombarès, Managing Director of Aptimen Managers formalized on Thursday December 6, 2018 this integration in Lyon.

Thanks to this agreement, the resources consulting firm becomes a leader in Interim management. Roland Roux de Chavanes created Richelieu Consultants 30 years ago, which became Taplow Consulting France in 2008.

Taplow Consulting France, co-founder of the Taplow Group, has more than 130 consultants worldwide. The international Executive Search and HR consulting group The Taplow Group, was ranked in 2018 among the 25 largest global executive search groups, for the 4th year in a row. The Taplow Group is located in 22 countries and with 33 establishments, it covers 90% of economic sectors. Among their main customers are SODIAAL, Saint Gobain, ENGIE, STEF, Boehringer  Ingelheim, etc. 

Interim management prefigures the evolution of labor law!

With a €300 million turnover in 2016, the French interim management market is growing strongly, up 27% in 2017, after a rise of 23% in 2016! (sources: XERFI 2017 study for FNMT)

“Company transformations imply to have immediate solutions with operational and skilled top managers. It mainly concerns operational and board positions”, says Xavier de Lombarès.

In order to be sure to continue business activities, firms have to change quickly because of international competition, creation of new products, regulatory and digital changes... "Companies are facing successive different periods of change. They will therefore need more leaders used to adjust themselves to recent changes in the market, "says Jean-Marc Bury. According to the October 2018 Opinionway Barometer, 68% of middle-sized companies plan to renew their management team within the next six months. This ratio rises to 48% for all SMEs.

"We are increasingly using Interim management, even in case of vacancy in the position. Interim managers is one of the solution to talent shortage and help the manager to supervise specific long-term missions. Interim management also prefigures the evolution of labor law !”, adds the chairman of Taplow Consulting France. "We have driven business changes to improve our customer competitiveness in very difficult conditions," says Xavier de Lombarès.

An international network of 1,000 interim managers

Xavier de Lombarès will continue to support Taplow Consulting France for the next two years. The three key skills of  Aptimen Managers are : to find new managerial expertises, to support operational changes of their customers and to beneficiate from a wide experience in interim management assignment. For 10 years, the firm maintains close relationship with each of the 1,000 interim managers.

Taplow Consulting France Aptimen Managers

With 25 years of experience in Executive Search and HR consulting, to boards and senior executives, Taplow Consulting France - Aptimen Managers are specialized in:
- Executive search,
- Interim management,
- Coaching,
- Assessment center,
- Tailor made development programme

Key dates

  • 1989: Creation of Richelieu Consultants in Lyon by Roland Roux de Chavanes
  • 2002: Creation of Taplow Group with 9 European and American Executive Search Firms
  • 2008: Richelieu Consultants becomes Taplow Consulting France
  • 2010 : Creation of Aptimen Managers
  • 2012: The Taplow Group has 20 offices in Europe, USA, South America, Asia and Oceania
  • 2013: Opening of the Paris office
  • 2017: Taplow Group sets up in Africa and Singapore
  • 2018: Taplow Consulting France acquires Aptimen Managers


Taplow Consulting France – Aptimen Managers
Jean-Marc Bury, Chairman
Stéphane Martinod, France Managing Partner
Xavier de Lombarès, Managing Director Aptimen Managers
9 rue Simone de Beauvoir 69007 Lyon
Tél. +33 472 440 444
Contact presse
Rodolphe Savereux
18 place Tolozan 69001 LYON
Tél. +33 673 999 674
Tél. +33 478 307 125


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