Lincoln, part of The Talent Club and French leader in strategic talent management, is taking a majority stake in The Executive Network (TEN), TEN Executive Assessments (TENEA) and Whyz Executive Search (Whyz), three leading Dutch agencies in executive search and assessment. Together they form a collective specialised in leadership. The joining of forces paves the way for international expansion. TEN will open its first office abroad in France.

Strengthening the Executive talent practice in Europe

The majority stake in TEN, TENEA and Whyz means joining the global network of Lincoln and accessing The Talent Club's extensive portfolio of clients. The Talent Club is an international collective of more than 20 leading brands in talent related to sports, entertainment, engineering, technology, and leadership. Lincoln is part of it and leads the 'leadership' branch practice. Lincoln is an expert in the field of executive search with a turnover of 42 million euros in 2022 and has 9 offices worldwide with 200 employees. Together, this international collective specializes in creating and accelerating opportunities for talented leaders.

"With this joining of forces, we continue to contribute to better European executive leadership in the public domain. This is an important pillar for us because the major global issues in the areas of - amongst others - geopolitics, technology, digitalisation, sustainability and security call for strong European leadership."

Marty Tuk, co-founder and owner of TEN, TENEA and Whyz

"This new partnership reflects the acceleration of our business from an international perspective, and follows the needs indicated by our talents. With the addition of The Executive Network, our Executive & Leadership practice now generates more revenue outside France than in its home country with greater prospects of international growth”.

Gwenaël Perrot, CEO of Lincoln

The addition of The Executive Network is a great further step in the execution of our strategy of combining high organic growth with the addition of best-in-class partners. On this occasion, it is not only adding a new country to our international network with leading companies in their industry, but we also bring on board an exceptional group of partners and managers to add and upscale our range of services to meet the needs of worldwide talent. We bet on TEN´s unique knowledge and experience regarding top executive talent to grow our international portfolio of services to companies and individuals".

Jérôme Caille, founder and CEO of The Talent Club

Geographical expansion

Through this operation, The Talent Club adds the Netherlands to the list of 18 countries in which it already operates.

In the new structure, TEN, TENEA, and Whyz will continue to operate autonomously under their current management teams. TEN will start its international expansion in 2023 with the opening of a new office in France.

About The Executive Network

The Executive Network (TEN) is the agency for executive search. The agency focuses on filling management and supervisory positions in business and financial services, the (semi)public domain, real estate, construction and development, healthcare, private equity and family businesses, agriculture & food, energy, telecom & utilities and FMCG & retail. TEN was founded on February 1, 2010, and is based at Landgoed 'Het Huis met het Blauwe Dak' in Wassenaar.

About TEN Executive Assessments

TEN Executive Assessments (TENEA) is an independently operating assessment agency that works closely with executive search agency TEN. TENEA is the first assessment agency in the Netherlands to develop a leadership game for top executives. The data- and technology-driven assessment predicts how (non-)executives perform. The unique game maps the ten most important qualities for future-proof leadership and makes them measurable. Founded in 2020 and based in Amsterdam, TENEA's mission is to take leadership to the next level within five years and build a stronger top in business and the (semi-)public domain in the Netherlands.

About Whyz Executive Search

Whyz Executive Search (Whyz), established in Leiden in 2010, is the executive search and interim management agency for the new generation of leaders. The agency focuses on internal supervision, management, executive/senior management and heavy specialist roles. It does so in the financial & business services, (semi)public, retail & agri-food, private equity & venture capital, and energy & utilities sectors. Whyz has carried the international B Corp certificate since November 2022.