Rod has spent most of his career creating or investing in innovation in the executive search sector. Rod’s former experience includes the start up of Rochester Partnership, a search boutique in financial services, a partnership at SpeedEgg, early stage venture fund belonging to Syntek Capital and the first ten years of Nicholson International, a global executive search firm which he co-founded. He sits on four advisory boards and is a member of global CEO networking organisation, Vistage. Rod speaks four languages fluently and lives in London, these days doing most of his travel on Skype.
Alessandro’s professional experience spans from management consulting to executive search and interim management, always with a focus on rule-breaking business model innovation. After an initial experience at Andersen Consulting, the MBA at SDA Bocconi and a corporate appointment as development projects manager of MTS Group, Alessandro has spent more than fifteen years in senior-level roles at professional services firms such as Bossard, JMAC, Amrop International and A.T. Kearney, where he headed the executive search & interim management unit in Italy. In 2000 he took a decisive step towards entrepreneurship and founded ExecutiveSurf. Since 2009 he headed the private equity advisory unit, built around the venture management model connecting senior executives and investments, which has led to the launch of Kobo Funds.