The team

Managing Partner Olav v. F. Kieler

+45 2160 6021

Since 1994 Olav has served in the executive search industry in recognised international search firms. From 2000 to 2013 he was the founding partner in Boyden Global Executive Search in Denmark. Latest he is director and partner in Hoffmann Alliance Executive Search in Copenhagen. 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 international, 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. In 1991 he became director and overall responsible for operations handled from Copenhagen and Malmö in 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, Life Science and Health Care, Global Technology and Media, Financial Services and Insurance and Agricultural management.

Partner Johan Ellyt

+45 2980 4616

Johan joined Hoffmann Associates in 2020, where he has focus on executive search services and management consulting. He has during the years solved assignments within FMCG, Building and Construction, Facility Management and Professional Services.

He represent 20 years working with  HR consulting as well as search, which has given him an extensive experience with recruitment to senior positions from both international and local companies.

Previously, Johan began his consulting career as a consultant in 1996 at Bronée & Partners, one of the pioneers in the executive search branch.

Before entering the search industry, Johan worked in various positions in ISS for more than 15 years from Denmark all over Europe in COO positions, and he has in this capacity been posted in Germany, France and Sweden.

Johan holds an Academy Profession Graduate/Economy and Business administration, and he holds a master degree in Service Management/ISS Institute & CBS (Copenhagen Business School).

Additionally, he holds a degree in International Business Consulting from the KPMG Institute in Switzerland.

Johan is fluent in Danish, English and the Scandinavian languages.

Practice areas: Manufacturing in general, Building and Construction, Industry and Consumer, Hospital Services, Service Management and FMCG

Associated Partner Claus Bengtsson

+45 5128 8858

Claus works for Hoffmann-Associates as an 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 20 years
worked at C-level management and with executive consultancy towards the international, industrial

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