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Ralph von Pallandt Joins ZRG as Managing Director, Expanding Firm’s European Reach

Rochelle Park, NJ, September 21, 2022ZRG, a global talent advisory firm based in the United States, announces the addition of Ralph “Rato” von Pallandt as Managing Director. Spearheading a new Munich office, Ralph furthers the firm’s reach into Germany and Europe. He joins ZRG’s Global Industrial and Financial Services practices and will also lend his insights to CHRO search engagements.

Ralph has previously worked in Germany, the UK, and the US. Before joining ZRG, he founded Pallandt & CIE – Holding, a boutique executive search company where he also served as Managing Director. Earlier, he served as Executive Director, Russell Reynolds Associates; Senior Vice President, Allianz SE; MD & CHRO for Allianz Real Estate; and CHRO for all European national sales companies of General Motors (27 European countries in total).

With an MBA in International Business and Relations from the European School of Management & Technology in Berlin and a BA in Economics from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Ralph’s business expertise spans Operations, Management, Sales, Human Resources, Real Estate, and Government Relations.

“With his great success as a CHRO across multiple countries for General Motors and SVP for Allianz in Europe and the US, Rato brings a unique perspective to his search practice,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “As he joins a growing team of search consultants in Germany, we are excited for him to establish the Munich office and look forward to his successful engagements to come across Europe and beyond.”

“I was first drawn to the firm by the collaborative approach to every search and advisory engagement,” Rato added. “When I look at ZRG, I see a fast-growing firm and team with a global network and diligent work ethic, which I share.”

About ZRG

ZRG is a global talent advisory firm that is changing the way companies hire and manage talent. ZRG’s data-driven approach to executive and professional search has been changing the way clients think about how to find top talent. The company’s digital Zi platform combines talent intelligence, candidate insights, and process improvement to dramatically deliver executive searches quicker and with proven better results.

Today, with the help of private equity investor RFE Investment Partners, ZRG is among the fastest growing firms in the search industry and provides a full suite of retained search, on-demand talent, and consulting and advisory solutions across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia.