Partner Spotlight

29 April 2021

We spoke with Nevena Nikolova, from our office in Bulgaria, to hear her Friisberg story.

You have been a Partner in Friisberg since 2009. What was the career path you took to get to where you are today?

It all started with my curiosity for understanding people - my willingness to understand what we are made of.

I graduated with Master's degree in Consulting Psychology, exploring for a while a career as psychotherapist, before I realised that I was more interested in exploring the nature of talent and how it could be identified, harnessed and further developed.

My career in the field of HR began when I joined the TGS team at the establishment of its HR consultancy practice, holding consecutively the positions of consultant, senior consultant, Search & Training Department Manager and Executive Director.

From April 2006 - 2008 I was elected as a Management Board Member of the international HR consulting organization PSI (People Solutions International), registered in London with Headquarters in Brussels. From 2009, following the merge between PSI and Friisberg, I became a Partner in Friisberg Bulgaria and was elected as a Management Board Member of the international Executive Search organization FPI (Friisberg & Partners International). I am glad to be part of a great international group that is more and more able to show its unique face and have its special voice heard.

What has been the biggest change in Executive Search over the last years? 

The use of technologies is changing the modus operandi of the Search companies, but the very essence of the service and its value proposition remains the same. Executive Search is less and less transactional and more and more a transformational service and the headhunters are growing towards becoming trusted advisors of the client companies.

What qualities do you look for in a new consultant when joining Friisberg in Bulgaria?

  • Drive, passion and a winning spirit (persisting through difficult challenges and not giving up). 
  • Capacity to learn, to unlearn and learn again.

What do you enjoy most about being part of Friisberg? 

Friisberg is constantly evolving and the enthusiasm of my colleagues is inspiring.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time when you are not working hard?

I love theatre and I enjoy performing monthly scene performances.

Creative writing is the other activity that makes me feel great – I create poetry, short stories, plays, and scripts. Maybe one day I will dare to share those with the world…

Nevena Nikolova, Partner


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