History

History of Contacts & Management

1988
H. Gerhard Benneck founds a consulting company in Düsseldorf with a specialisation in advertising based recruitment.

1989
Development and refinement of a new search concept in order to better fill difficult positions.

1990
Executive search (headhunting) is added to the service portfolio. Application of the proven search concept to direct search with excellent results.

1992
Through the brief to find a Managing Director who is to take over shares in the employers company and the completion of the project through the sale of the company (the secret wish of the owner) our company discovers a new area of business: Mergers and Acquisitions.

1994
Move into the offices Graf-Adolf-Straße 43 in Düsseldorf

1996
Mrs. Ursula Helmer, who had joined the company in 1992, becomes a Partner. In the meantime companies have been sold to Dutch, Belgian, American and French buyers.

1997
An owner wishes to sell his company but realizes that it is not yet ready to be sold. A program is devised and implemented. In the end the company is running so well, that the owner decides not to sell but to continue. With this success the field of consulting and coaching is born.

1999
Writing of the book “Unternehmensverkauf richtig gemacht” (Selling a business – doing it right). Seminars are held on Buying and Selling a business.

2000
In recruitment the field of executive search now accounts for 80% of the projects. The fields of mergers and acquisitions and recruitment are about even in terms of volume.

2002
The company has grown to 7 people. Of those, four are active in consulting.

2003
Move into today’s offices, Stresemannstr. 28 in Düsseldorf. The company spins off the area of Training, which Ursula Helmer takes over and runs under the name of First Management. The premises are shared.

2005
Publication of the book on Mergers and Acquisitions by Wiley & Sons. It sells well and makes it onto the Financial Times bestseller list.

2006
Relaunch of the website.

2013 – Contacts & Management became a member of the Cornerstone Group, a worldwide group of independently owned executive search companies, allowing us to help our clients find people throughout the world.

2014 – Through our membership with the Cornerstone Group, we have become members of the Association of Executive Search Companies (AESC), the premier professional body of executive search companies.