The team

Managing Partner Olav v. F. Kieler
+45 21 60 60 21

Since 1994 Olav has served in the executive search industry in recognised international search firms, latest as founding partner in Boyden Global Executive Search Copenhagen office from 2000 to 2013. He has throughout the years successfully conducted assignments for leading companies in Denmark and abroad, and he has consequently a wide professional network to branches as well as stakeholders within his focus areas.

From various assignments in Denmark as well as internationally, he presents a solid experience in conducting search solutions within manufacturing in general, consumer goods, life science, finance a.o. on executive as well as functional level.

During the years he has been responsible for both development and improvement of processes and concepts as well as continuously mentoring consultants. Olav has taken an active part in the development of a Nordic leadership assessment practice within the financial sector.

Prior to the executive search profession Olav worked as consultant within human resource development, training courses and recruitment. 1991 he became director and overall responsible for operations handled from Copenhagen and Malmö, Sweden.
Earlier, Olav held different positions first within agricultural production, export sales and marketing. Throughout the years he has served in different boards and advisory boards.

Olav holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Economics and a Diploma in Organisation. He is fluent in Danish and English and he is conversant with German and the Scandinavian languages.

Practice areas

Industrial and Consumer
Health Care
Global Technology and Media
Financial Services and Insurance
Agricultural management
Board search

Associated Partner Claus Bengtsson
+45 5128 8858

Claus joined Hoffmann-Associates ultimo 2017 as associated partner and advisor in executive and strategic consultancy as well as executive search. Claus is a Senior Executive and he has for the latest 15 years worked at C-level management and with executive consultancy towards the international, industrial market.

Claus has extensive and solid experience in working with highly professional customers within a wide range of process industries, pharmaceutical industry and the energy and off-shore sector. Claus has been leading strategy- and business development processes throughout his carrier and various employments with international companies as FLS Industries, Getinge Group and Guldager Group.

Claus has successfully carried out various strategic, organizational and change management processes at Executive Management level, both through operational and consultancy stages. He also holds extensive cross-cultural experience from practical and strategic assignments with customers and executive management teams in Belgium, Switzerland, UK, Japan and USA.
Claus is highly experienced in driving complex issues towards clarity and solutions. Claus has been mentoring executive managers in company boards and advisory boards and has through his carrier compiled a thourough professional network in heavy-duty industries.

Claus holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Copenhagen Business School. Claus furthermore has a board education from Board Assure. He is fluent in Danish and English and he is conversant in the Swedish and Norwegian languages.

Practice areas

Process Industry
Energy Production & Off-shore
Pharmaceutical industry & Life Science
CleanTech & Water Treatment Technology

Associated Partner Finn Høy Houengaard
+45 2097 2500

Since 2015, Finn has acted as partner and advisor in strategy consulting and innovation management before joining Hoffmann Associates as Associated Partner in its Copenhagen office end of 2016. Throughout the years, Finn has successfully worked for high profiled international companies such as Arla Foods, Magasin du Nord, The Toms Group, The Fazer Group and The Kavli Group. Consequently, Finn has a professional network of relevant stakeholders in and outside Denmark.
Steen has held various management roles and successfully delivered on objectives across a broad variety of industries, organisations and geographies including turn-around projects, sales and marketing, product launches, strategy development and implementation.

Through Finn’s CEO and CMO positions, he has explicitly worked with leadership and organisational change. Working with several high-level management teams – people and culture management have thus been pivotal for the strong performance and results achieved. Especially Finn has developed strong competences in identifying, attracting and successfully integrating high profile managers to continuously drive performance.

In Finn’s most recent appointments as partner and advisor, he has worked at senior management level to advice management on effective strategies and a stronger innovation focus. Experiences that on top of Finn’s management career makes him an experienced, highly capable and trusted advisor – in search as well as in management assessment & development.

Finn holds a M.Sc. Degree with top grades in International Business from The Aarhus University of Business Administration. He is fluent in Danish, English and German and speaks Scandinavian languages and Japanese at conversational level.
Finn is a board member of VL group 52 (The Danish Management Society – VL) since 2013 and was previously member of the European ECR organization advising on trade practices. Additionally Finn is Examiner at MBA, Master and Bachelor studies at CBS (Copenhagen Business School) and SDU (South Danish University) since 1998.

Practice areas
Search and leadership assessment (consumer & industrial)
Strategic consulting