NEW YORK — To extend its global recruiting reach, Kerson Partners Ltd. executive search has hired Elaine L. Arozarena as vice president.
Arozarena, who will continue to be based in Madrid, has worked in executive search for more than 12 years and has plenty of international experience. She has worked in the fashion, retail, luxury and consumer markets and with global brands including American Express, Cadbury Schweppes, Citigroup, Discovery Network and Revlon.
Her last job was regional managing vice president for Korn/Ferry International, in charge of the Iberian Peninsula. She split her time between the U.S. and Spain. Earlier, Arozarena was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles in the New York office, where she headed the international practice and was a member of the e-business and diversity practices.
She began her career in international recruiting at Russell Reynolds Associates, where she was part of the team that opened the Mexico office. Later, she led the firm’s searches in Latin America. She is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and English.
"She gives Kerson Partners a capacity to do true global search work for our major clients, many of whom are expanding rapidly on an international basis," said Robert Kerson, chairman and chief executive of Kerson Partners, which specializes in senior-level searches for retail, manufacturing and luxury goods industries.
Prior to her career in executive search, Arozarena was a vice president and managing director of media and news services for Nielsen International and vice president of international client sales and services for Nielsen Europe, based in Milan. She also held senior positions with Dun & Bradstreet International, credit services in Latin America and Europe and lived in seven countries.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
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