Search Philosophy and
Areas of Expertise
René Plessner Associates, Inc. is a
boutique executive search firm founded over 25 years ago by René Plessner,
specializing in recruiting for entrepreneurial companies including cosmetics
and image-driven firms. There is a particular emphasis on finding talented
individuals for entrepreneurial companies, but whether a large corporation
or a family-owned business, the common desire and requirement on the part of
our client is a thorough understanding of their recruiting needs. Our
expertise lies in finding those individuals who combine analytical and
creative skills who can help a business expand and improve. We span a broad
range of functions, with general management, sales and marketing,
operations, finance, creative and design being particularly strong areas.
We are a professional organization with a support staff that conducts
extensive research when a new assignment is begun. We quickly identify
target companies, prospects and sources at the initiation of an assignment.
In addition, we have a sophisticated computer network which boasts a
database of over 25,000 names.
What we believe distinguishes our work is our client partnership and our
emphasis on checking references. We listen to our clients and understand
their vision, and through our close personal involvement, qualify and
recruit candidates who possess not only the "fit" and the required
management competence, but also excellent people skills. Our philosophy of
search is that people should be judged primarily by their reputation and
their ability, not solely by a resume which delineates only experience.
Biographical Information on René Plessner
Born in Belgium and raised in the United States, René graduated
from Columbia College. He began his career at Helena Rubinstein
and also held positions at Lehn & Fink and Revlon. Entering business for
himself, he started Spectrum Cosmetics, Inc., a manufacturer of a
prestige cosmetics line for black women. In 1972, he founded René Plessner
Associates, Inc., an executive search firm committed to finding corporate
executives who are both business-minded and creatively inspired.