Ioana Andreea Zeres is a leading  
with international activities and expertise 

executive search firm based in Milan,
covering Europe, Middle East and America.


Executive search

As a former HR corporate specialist I know that finding and attracting talented leaders requires a rigorous approach and method, a thorough understanding of different industries & functional roles, strong endorsed network and authoritative recruitment track record. This is where my knowledge and assets become your power.


From Middle Management to Board Level I apply proven interview tools to recruit candidates who have the necessary skills, experience and personal qualities to advance company strategies and achieve outstanding results.


high standards

I not only expect outstanding performance, I also demand it. Self-starters find that invigorating. Being big was never my goal but deliver high quality, innovative ideas and value to my clients.

business advisor

I am a glass-half-full recruitment business advisor and implementer —with a passion for solving problems, creating value, and focus on building long-term engagements between candidates and clients.

plug and play

My clients expect experts on the job from day 1, and that’s exactly what I provide.

speed and method

I have built a strong network, personal respect and reputation, specific business acumen and a strong method. This is what clients appreciate.

i mean what i say

No-surprises philosophy. My clients know what to expect because I tell them ahead of time and keep them informed every step of the way.

one client one advisor

To some people, that may be intimidating. To my clients, it’s reassuring. My clients will interact only with me during the full recruitment process as there are no researchers in between. I am an expert in search and selection, I focus on speed to results, and I measure my performance by my clients’ success.


  • luxury
  • fashion
  • sportswear
  • fmcg
  • consultancy

functional practices

Board Level

  • General Manager
  • President
  • Managing Director
  • VP

Creative & Design

I have recruited and built design teams for diverse clients from the following industries: creative (packaging and branding), luxury apparel, accessories, optical, luggage, footwear, intimates, swimwear, fashion sportswear and technical sportswear. Positions:

  • Creative Director
  • Head of Design
  • Senior Designer
  • Interior Designer

Wholesale / Commercial

During the last 10 years I have built up wholesale teams, recruited the leadership structure, opened new regional & international branch offices:

  • Vice President Sales
  • Country Manager
  • Regional Sales Director
  • Business Development
  • Sales Manager / Director
  • Area Manager
  • National Key Account
  • Sales Operations/ Wholesale
  • Commercial Director
  • Vice President Sales.

Retail Operations

I have assisted and helped established retailers open new markets from:

  • Store Manager
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Retail Director.

Digital / eCommerce

I have worked closely with clients across industries to assess the capabilities needed to develop and execute digital business strategies. Positions:

  • Chief Digital Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Digital Marketing Officer.
  • Head of Digital Advertising
  • Data Officers and Analytics Leaders
  • Digital Creative Director
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Chief Product Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer

With my established expertise and network, I am able to recruit middle and senior leaders in digital roles such as:

  • E-commerce
  • SEM / SEO
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Digital PR
  • eCommerce Merchandiser
  • Creative Media Producer
  • Graphic Designer

Buying & Merchandising

My track record within these functions has provided my clients access to some of the industry's most successful buyers and merchandisers.

Product Management

I follow the product life cycle and the impact it has on sales, profitability and the brand. Talented Product Managers are key to efficient organization to manage product and a crucial interface between internal and external teams. I have worked on various product categories: apparel, shoes, luggage, jewelry, food and beverage.

Marketing & Communications

I have searched and recruited for many roles and areas within Brand Communication & Marketing relative to:

  • Advertising
  • B2B Marketing
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Communications
  • Corporate Marketing
  • Branding
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Trade Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Direct Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization and Marketing
  • Social Networking
  • Digital PR

Supply Chain / Production

I’ve recruited for all roles within supply chain, procurement, manufacturing, and logistics channels. Positions:

  • Customer Service
  • Forecasting and Planning
  • Manufacturing / Operations
  • Quality
  • Sourcing / Procurement
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transportation / Logistics / Distribution
  • Warehousing / Inventory Management

Human Resources

I’ve recruited top HR executives, with deep functional expertise in key areas such as: compensation and benefits, talent management, and diversity, as well as divisional and regional HR leadership. Positions:

  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Executive and Leadership Development
  • HR Generalists
  • Employer Branding
  • HR Business Partner
  • Labor/Industrial Relations
  • Organizational Design
  • Recruiting, Staffing and Resourcing
  • Training and Development/Chief Learning Officer


Ioana is a leading executive search firm based in Milan, with international activities and expertise covering Europe, Middle East and America.

Ioana Andreea Zeres
Ioana is an Italian-Romanian citizen and has a Law Degree and 2 Masters: HR Management and Marketing and Communication at MiMeC in Milan, lived in Bucharest, Paris, Barcellona, Milan and works fluently in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian.

Head hunter with international experience working between Milan and London that build a search firm specializing within the luxury, design, fashion, retail, consultancy and outdoor & sportswear, FMCG sectors servicing clients across Europe, Middle East and America.

In 2006 she started her recruitment career as HR Specialist in Banca IMI HQ, Investment Bank of Banca Intesa San Paolo within the HR & Communication Division in Milan.

After this constructive corporate experience she decided to join the consultancy path as head hunter with Hays until 2010, with focus on Middle Management and then with Michael Page International until end 2012 within Page Executive - Executive Search - practices: Luxury, Sports Goods, Digital, Consumer and FMCG.

In 2013 she created the start up in Milan for another recruitment company from London with full responsibility for Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and Spain, mission completed successfully at the end of the year and bringing new clients from fashion and sports business.

Finally at the beginning of 2014 she decided to launch her own recruitment agency specialised in middle and executive search together with her unique proposition; no researchers in between, strong and referenced network, transparent methodology, specific practices: outdoor & sportswear, fashion, digital and FMCG and an explosive passion, servicing clients across Europe.

Part of her international activities includes complex recruitmet projects but also active presence during all years at trade shows (when no running for marathons of half marathons) as:

ISPO, Milano Moda, SIHH, Baselworld, Salone del Mobile and Fuori Salone.



client meeting

week 1

Information gathering and establishment of objectives covering: company & corporate culture, the aim of the role, candidate profile. After signing an exclusive contract, I design and develop: a recruitment schedule, a target list and a Company Brief Presentation (corporate history, turnover, role and profile).



week 2

The search commences with thorough research (own network and direct head hunting) into target companies operating in competitive, cultural and complimentary sectors.


iaz interviews

week 3

In - depth interviews (behavioural interview) take place with the most suitable candidates and will ascertain their strengths & weaknesses and ensure that both technical and personal aspects of the person specification are satisfied.


the short list

week 4-5

A candidate Interview Report and CV will be submitted for each candidate within a short list of 3/5 candidates. Candidates interviewed at this stage are invited to submit a SWOT analysis in relation to the brand and the appropriate position.


client interviews

week 5

I will ensure to organize all interviews and all candidates will be fully briefed on the client candidate company and role and the feedbacks post interviews within your company.


offer to completion

week 6

During the offer I provide for the Client the Candidate’s notice period, expectations and assistance regarding salaries of local reference. The candidates not eligible will be informed. After 3 and 6 months I will gather feedback.


Active and passive candidates:

Please send your CV with a updated and detailed profile, including actual annual gross salary, benefits, contract level and notice period, mentioning also shortly your exceptional track record, your unique proposition and strengths and not at least what drives your career move today.

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