OUR TEAM

thierry-humbertThierry HUMBERT
CO-FOUNDER

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With a degree from the EM Lyon, he held sales and management positions with a global cosmetics leader before managing a communication and new technologies consulting firm. As a human resources and recruitment consultant since 1994, he has worked on Management and Executive searches as well as the evaluation of potential in the Consumer Goods, Industrial, Services, and Communication sectors.

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Olivier THUREL
CO-FOUNDER

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With a DESS in HR, after starting his career in the service sector, in sales and management positions, he managed the Hiring Department at one of the largest public transit companies for 9 years. Now he is in charge of leading the training-consulting activity and major hiring and evaluation projects in the Transport, Industry, and Services sectors.

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Thierry VILLEMAGNE
ASSOCIATE PARTNER

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With a DESS in HR, after starting his career in the service sector, in sales and management positions, he managed the Hiring Department at one of the largest public transit companies for 9 years. Now he is in charge of leading the training-consulting activity and major hiring and evaluation projects in the Transport, Industry, and Services sectors.

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Laurent FRIENCK
DIRECTOR – URVIKA PARIS

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With diplomas from the University of Lille in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Automation and from the International General Management Program at the ESSEC, he started his career as a Sales Engineer and then Product Director in electronic components and industrial instrumentation, where he worked for 10 years. A Business Engineer and then Manager of the Sales Department and Member of the Executive Committee of a BtoB Services Group specialising in scientific and technical databases, in 2007 he took over Sales and Marketing Management for the French subsidiary of a Japanese Group offering IT solutions and services for Retail and Industry. As a Recruitment and Human Resources Consultant since 2008, and Manager of the URVIKA office in Boulogne since 2011, he coaches SMEs and international groups in the BtoB services, publishing, and IT services sectors, the high-tech industry, energy, and e-commerce on their HR development strategies.

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SENIOR PARTNER

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A graduate of SKEMA and ESSEC and fluent in English and German, he began his international career as Export Manager of a spinning company before taking over the Sales and Marketing Department in France for one of Germany’s leaders in innovative technical textiles. After several General Management assignments in the parapublic sector, he embarked on an entrepreneurial adventure with the acquisition and development of a small industrial concern dedicated to building finishing
work and high-end decoration.
For this management enthusiast, recruitment represents the essential component of human resources management. That’s how he created his own human resources consulting activity in early 2018, before joining URVIKA 18 months later.
With a rich in-depth knowledge of the business world, resulting from a rich and eclectic experience, both in operational management and managing complex multicultural projects and in the strategic world of Central and Corporate Departments, he is the special contact of small and intermediate industry directors and BU managers.

Stéphane CONRAD
SENIOR PARTNER

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Having graduated from IAE Lyon 3, he began his career by joining the Emailjob adventure, the pioneer of online recruitment. After experience in Marketing in La Reunion, he joined the Lyon team of Figaro Classifieds, the parent company of the Cadremploi job board. In contact with many HRDs and Managers, he decided to join a multi-specialist recruitment firm.
A recruitment consultant since 2015, Stéphane is involved in all the company’s major functions, having developed expertise in commercial functions (Head of Sector, Technical-Commercial, Business Manager, Head of Sales National Director of Sales, Commercial Manager…). Present in many fields of activity, his preferred sectors are Agri-food, Industrial Capital Goods, Health and Cosmetology.

Caroline FRARIER
SENIOR PARTNER

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With a diploma from the ESC Bordeaux and an Executive MBA from the ESSEC, she started her career with the American group Estée Lauder. This was a foundation experience for her career, as her passion for the luxury products sector led her to hold positions of Marketing and Communication Manager in this sector for various international brands for twenty years. In 2007, her understanding of people and her involvement in Corporate Management led her to move into work as a human resources and recruitment consultant. She is also trained in Coaching, and she works for the ESSEC Executive Education program on coaching candidates and participants in various training curricula. She joined the URVIKA Group in 2011, where she works on assignments to directly approach Executives and Managers in all activity sectors.

Sylvie GRISON-MANDON
CONSULTANTE – COACH

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A graduate of the School of Practitioner Psychologists and holder of a postgraduate diploma in
Human Resources and Marketing, she has been working for 17 years in companies for the operation
of efficient, responsible human organisations. Her vocation is to put individuals in motion and create
productive synergies. A Consultant and Coach, her missions target the quality of interaction,
development of responsibility and autonomy in serving a collective project.

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Eloïse GUILLOT
SENIOR PARTNER

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Having graduated with a Master’s degree in Labour Law, she worked for two years in a recruitment firm specialising in the communication professions.
She then joined a general practice firm in 2006, as a Senior Consultant, recruiting all types of profiles: technical, commercial, support functions.
Recruited in 2015 by an entity of the Adecco group, she specialises more specifically in sales and marketing functions.
A Senior Partner within the URVIKA Group since the beginning of 2019, she supports her clients (VSBs, intermediate-sized industries, Key Accounts) in the search and evaluation of new employees, Managers, Executives and Experts. She operates in sectors as varied as industry, construction, the tertiary sector and services.

William HITCHON
SENIOR PARTNER

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After gaining an International MBA from IAE in Paris, he spent ten years in sales and market development positions for 3M Industrie, before joining BIC Graphic Europe, Item Advertising Division of Europe’s leader in writing. He continued his career in the multi-material primary packaging industry for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics sectors, within Soupletube, as Sales Manager, then Bormioli Rocco, as Western Europe Sales Manager. Then, for seven years, he was Consulting and New Biz Manager of a corporate communication and CSR agency. In 2015, he became a Recruitment Consultant, mainly in the Industry, Cosmetics, Product Design, Real Estate and Health sectors. He supports his clients in their search for directors, managers, executives and experts. Bilingual in English, he is used to working in international and multicultural contexts.

Myriam MANSOUR
SENIOR PARTNER

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As an Occupational Psychologist, she started her recruitment career in an American multinational working in the multimedia/IT sector, then worked with a Human Resources Department for an auto maker, a highly operational position, where she expanded her HR skills at a production site. Then she joined one of the European leaders in Transport and Logistics, where she created the position of Recruitment Manager and the Employment and Skills Management Centre at a regional office. For more than 6 years, she implemented HR tools, managed executive recruitment and interviews to evaluate potential, and monitored employee mobility and career management. She joined the URVIKA Group in 2008 as a Consultant. She works on recruitment and evaluation of potential assignments for Executive Managers, Top & Middle Management, Experts, and support positions for a wide range of customers, in particular, in Industry, Metallurgy / Plastics, Transport and Logistics, Distribution, and other sectors.

Florence MAYER
SENIOR PARTNER

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After earning a BTS (Two-year vocational diploma) in Agribusiness and a university degree in Biology, she started her career in the Laboratory before moving into Recruitment and Human Resources Consulting. Starting as a search manager, she moved into a Consultant position in 2001. At the URVIKA Group, she works in the Agribusiness, Cosmetics, Health, and Life Sciences sectors.

Armelle PAILLIER
COACH – TRAINING CONSULTANT

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After a degree in European and international management, she works for 5 years in business positions leading at the same time a sustained activity in a theater group. The latter leads her to change her career path into human resources consultancy as a training consultant operating in different fields : management (from taking office to coach manager, in change management contexts) ; professional efficiency in particular priority management, self assertion and stress management,interpersonal communication, public speaking ; team dynamic : meeting, cohesion, work better together ; trade negotiation. As a certified coach, she also leads missions of support, individual coaching, and team building.

Benoit PAPI
SENIOR PARTNER

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With a Masters in “Information and Communication” from the Institut Français de Presse (Paris II – Assas), he began his journalistic career in the printed press, before seizing the opportunity to help set up a recruitment firm in Paris. He helped to develop this universal yet small company for over nine years. Over the course of projects commissioned by major companies and SME/SMI, both internationally and in France, he developed a great deal of versatility through carrying out recruitment work for Senior Executives (Technical, Marketing, Financial, Human Resources, etc. Directors), Operational Managers and sales staff. Motivated by the ambition, resources and structure of URVIKA, and sharing the values of its directors, he decided to join the Firm in 2015. At URVIKA he works most particularly in the recruitment and assessment of Directors, Managers and Experts for the Industry, Transport/Logistics/Supply Chain and BtoB Services sectors.

Frédéric SCHOCH
SENIOR PARTNER

URVIKA STRASBOURG

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With a Masters in Sales Management of Sales Networks from the IUP in Colmar, Frédéric began his career as an Expansion Manager for a young franchise network of Games Centres for children, which he supported in its organisation and development projects in France. He then joined a large Human Resources, Interim and Recruitment Consulting company through which he regularly worked his way up for ten years, working as a Consultant, Manager, Market Leader and Marketing and Communications Manager, joining the Leadership Team of one of the specialised Divisions in 2013 . Keen to be part of a new project, he joined URVIKA in 2015 to oversee its development in the Great East of France, based in Strasbourg. He works on recruitment and assessment projects for Directors, Managers and Experts in the Industry, Services, Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors on behalf of large companies and SMEs.

Nadège BENDJEGUELAL
RESEARCHER – LYON POLE SOURCING COORDINATOR

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With a Master’s 2 professional degree in “Disabilities, Inclusive Education”, she completed a 6-month work/study programme as corporate relations officer with a Professional Retraining School for servicemen and workers with disabilities. She then took up the position of operation assistant for a service provider group specialising in corporate reception professions. Following a period as a recruitment and admissions officer for an IT School, she joined the URVIKA Group in January 2018 as a Search Officer. She works in tandem with Consultants on missions for the identification and selection of managers, executives and experts in the sectors of services, new technologies and IT, industry, mass consumption and transport.


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Emna POLUS
RESEARCHER – PARIS POLE SOURCING COORDINATOR

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Possessing a degree in management, she has completed her training by a Master’s 2 degree in Human Resources (specializing in Psychology) at INSEEC Paris, which she did alternating with an important international recruitment firm. She joined the URVIKA Group in 2012 as a recruitment assistant and, as such, is responsible for physical and telephone reception in the URVIKA Paris offices, helps consultants and takes part in recruitment operations by putting announcements on line, sourcing and prequalifying candidates. As a Search Manager since 2014, she operates on direct approach missions, particularly in the sectors of industry, services, computer and digital. Bilingual French – Arabic, she practises also usually English, what allows her to intervene regularly in international contexts.


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Sarra KLIOUA
ASSISTANTE ADMINISTRATIVE

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Holder of a BTS Assistant Manager, she completed her work-study training within a major luxury leather goods brand. Bilingual in French – Arabic, she also speaks English, which has allowed her to operate in international contexts. She then continued her career for eight years in banking and insurance, before joining URVIKA, where she was in charge of the firm’s administrative management. While having missions in accounting and supplier monitoring, she manages the administrative side and personnel management. She also supports Consultants in the development and monitoring of offers, creating tools and supports, and is involved in recruitment by posting advertisements online, sourcing and prequalifying candidates.


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Sarah MBO KENKALITE
CHARGÉE DE RECHERCHE

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After graduating with a Master 2 “Social Relations and Human Resources” at UPEC (Université Paris-Est Créteil), she initially joined the Urvika Group as an intern to learn about the job of research manager. She then decided to join the Firm as a Research Officer. She works in tandem with Consultants on assignments to identify and select Managers, Executives and Experts in the Construction, Industry, Services, Specialised Distribution and Franchise Networks sectors.


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Alexandre CORCY
CHARGÉ DE RECHERCHE

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Having graduated with a Master 2 in Human Resources, he began a career in commerce as a manager and then in logistics within a large bookstore company, before steering more towards recruitment. After a one-year apprenticeship in IT consulting as a recruitment officer, he joined various structures in the field of recruitment, Firms and Temp Agencies. As a Research Officer at URVIKA, he works in tandem with Consultants on assignments to identify and select Managers, Executives and Experts in various sectors and professions: Building, Construction, Industry, Engineering, Design Offices, Consumer Goods, Retail, IT.


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Maëva MARCHAND
CHARGÉE DE RECHERCHE

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A graduate in accounting, she soon held positions of responsibility within various renowned fashion brands. She developed her commercial and managerial skills within two French fashion groups before taking a break and a turn in her career. In 2014, Maëva resumed her psychology studies to fulfil her aims and understand human relations more deeply. In 2019, still driven by this thirst to learn from others, she trained in naturopathy, which represents one of her greatest qualities, her empathy. She then joined URVIKA as a Research Officer. She works in tandem with Consultants on assignments to identify and select Managers, Executives and Experts in the Industry, Services, Transport, Specialist Distribution and Franchise Networks sectors.


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Nora SCHWARTZ
CHARGÉE DE RECHERCHE

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After several years in administrative, organisational, management and then technical functions within an SME in the building sector, she embarked on a more entrepreneurial route by creating her own ready-to-wear business. On the strength of these first professional experiences, she joined the Strasbourg office of Urvika as a research officer. She works in tandem with Consultants on assignments to identify and select Managers, Executives and Experts in the Industry, Agrifood, Services, Health and Specialist Distribution sectors. Naturally curious and attentive to detail, she attaches importance to understanding in depth the challenges of each recruitment and developing quality, clear, transparent relationships with candidates.