Association Leadership Roles

Dober Partners is the specialist in European association leadership recruitment.

Dober Partners is the specialist in European association leadership recruitment.  We typically recruit the most senior association positions, namely the Secretary General, Director of Communications or Public Affairs, or the Chief Operations Officer.

We are now the established leading executive search firm for European trade association roles. Over the last 15 years we have recruited many of Brussels top jobs from the Director General of Orgalim,  representing Europe´s manufacturing sector to the Managing Director of Airlines for Europe.

In 2024, we are recruiting some of the most high profile association leadership roles, ranging from the Director General of the Global Self Care Federation to the Secretary General of The Brewers of Europe and Secretary General of Copa-Cogeca representing farmers across Europe.

Our team has authored serious research into key association issues, including the recent reports on “Key Success Factors for European Associations”, “European Association Remuneration” and “High Performance Secretariats.”

Dober Partners’ Brussels team really understand best practice in the profession, and critically how to recognize and recruit outstanding association leaders.

Our entire team has first-hand experience of leading associations and recruiting association leaders. Unusually the entire Brussels Leadership Team has served on European Association Boards in different roles, including as Director General, Treasurer and Director of Communications and Public Affairs.

Association References

  • Dirk Jacobs, Director General at FoodDrinkEurope
  • Malte Lohan, Director General at Orgalim
  • Adrian van den Hoven, Director General of Medicines for Europe
  • Ulrich Adam, Director General at spiritsEUROPE
  • Emmanuel Mounier, Secretary General, eu travel tech
  • John Chave, Director General at Cosmetics Europe
  • Olivier de Matos, Secretary General at CropLife Europe
  • Jutta Buyse, Director General, International Currency Association
  • Olivier Jankovec, Director General, Airports Council International (ACI EUROPE)