Andreas Pudelko

  • Andreas Pudelko joined Smith Headhunters in November 2013 as Managing Partner
  • From 2007 to 2013 he was a Founding Partner of Indigo Headhunters and head of the company’s capital market practice. Prior to that he spent several years with other well-known executive search firms like Ray & Berndtson, Whitehead Mann and Smith & Jessen as a Financial Services Consultant in Frankfurt and London
  • Andreas focuses on recruiting specialists and executives in capital markets, investment banking and has substantial experience in asset management

Özcan Acikel

  • With more than twenty years of search experience in the financial services industry, Özcan Acikel founded Smith Headhunters in April 2009 and is Managing Partner of the firm
  • Prior to founding Smith Headhunters, Özcan Acikel served 10yrs as Managing Partner for Smith & Jessen Headhunters in Frankfurt and Middle East. He started his career in 1993 as a Financial Services Consultant at Ray & Berndtson
  • Özcan Acikel focuses on searches in Capital Markets, Corporate- and Investment Banking and Asset Management. His relationships in the market, proven credentials and passion for the issues and trends driving the financial services industry are highly valued by his clients

About Smith Headhunters:

Established in 2009 by Özcan Acikel Smith Headhunters is uniquely focused on the financial sector. The two managing partners have over 35 years of cumulative experience in searching for exceptional candidates, mostly on behalf leading financial institutions.

For us service has a specific resonance. We first have to precisely establish your needs before agreeing on a search strategy. We provide our clients with regular updates and feedback to find that special candidate, who will make the difference to your bottom line. By asking our clients the right questions, we bring a more creative approach to the search process by suggesting candidates that in some cases might have been overlooked. This kind of lateral thinking is highly prized by many of our clients.

Our established relationships in the financial industry are second to non, whether this is in London, Frankfurt or Paris. In real terms, this means that we can find candidates in a shorter time frame than many other search firms. Our long standing clients will attest to that.

We pride ourselves on providing market intelligence, in the form of highly tailored benchmarking and competitor analyses. This allows us to provide vital input into our client’s strategies and test the viability of an agreed development plan. This added value and insight means that we have built entirely new teams from scratch and are able to cement long term client relationships.