Industry, Energy & Natural Resources

Increasing global demand for energy and growing concerns about traditional energies are changing the face of this sector and the players in it.  In 2008, about 19% of global final energy consumption came from renewables. New renewables (small hydro, modern biomass, wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels) accounted for another 2.7% and are growing very rapidly. Clearly renewable energy is the future, and we specialized in searching for the best human talent that will allow our clients to own that future.

Our executive search and leadership consulting expertise covers the entire range of segments in the industry including:
  • Oil and Gas
  • Eolic Energy
  • Solar Energy - PV, Thin-Film, Thermal
  • Biofuels and Biomass
  • Carbon Markets
  • Geo-Thermal
  • Energy Storage
  • CO2 Capturing
  • Green Marketing & Sales
  • Green Supply Chain
In the longer-term, the International Energy Agency tells us that world energy demand will grow by some 40% by 2030. They also tell us that hydrocarbon fuels will continue to dominate the global energy mix with coal, oil and natural gas supplying almost 80% of primary energy needs.

To enable such growth in oil and natural gas supplies, investment of some 350 billion dollars is estimated to be needed every year in upstream activity for the next twenty years. With the age of easy oil over, and the consequent higher costs of new supply, the challenges of matching supply and demand are not likely to decrease.
New regions are already turning to new emerging areas to face these new supply challenges. These include offshore Greenland and central Sub-Saharan Africa.

Extraordinary concentrations of activity exist in Brazil, North Africa, the North Sea, Southeast Asia, Western Siberia and the Caspian area. There is also growing interest in Eastern Siberia. Across these and other areas, including Iraq, the industry will be challenged by more remote operations, deeper waters, more difficult logistics, increasingly complex geological settings, and greater degrees of temperature and pressure. We will also be challenged by more difficult types of hydrocarbon.

This new industry reality brings into focus the fundamental need to recruit the best qualified top-tier talent for the energy sector.  Signium International understands that this talent is not always readily available, and companies face a period of limited talent due to professional cut-backs in the 1990s.  Our firm employs a comprehensive research methodology to identify those professionals, wherever in the world they may be, with the skills and experience needed by energy companies today.

In addition to skills and experience, cultural fit plays an important role in recruiting decisions for clean-tech, energy and sustainability leadership positions. A new leader, of course, needs the technical skills and knowledge of the industry sector, but at top-tier levels it is fundamental that the cultural fit is solid as well, allowing him or her to align with stakeholders in the markets that the hiring organization seeks to serve. The importance of cultural fit holds true regardless of the size or particularities of the organization, as a proper synergy with customers, stakeholders, administration and other company executives is key to any organization’s future development. Our senior consultants are an integral part of our search teams, providing unsurpassed leadership and cultural assessment knowledge that allows us to evaluate leaders' technical and personal competencies, the culture of the hiring company and the cultural preferences of candidates for leadership roles. This analysis brings an added security during the on-boarding process, helping to ensure a smooth integration of top-tier talent with the current executive structure, as well as optimizing new talent’s potential.


Our consultants, apart from their acquired experience with Bao & Partners/Signium International, have accumulated years of professional practice in industrial group management. This combination allows us to understand the client's needs and therefore to be extremely effective in our work.

Additionally, and through our experience in Private Equity, we know and have worked with companies in diverse industrial sectors, helping their growth or consolidation.

Our global network permits us access to the most sought after professionals of the world.

Our areas of specialization are:

  • Aerospace Industry and Defense
  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Industrial Products and Services


Javier Guerra

Joana Proença de Carvalho

Ángela de la Villa
Senior Associate

Beatriz Bluhm
Senior Associate

Beatriz Pérez

Alejandra Cerqueiro


Tel: +34 91 781 52 10