About Us

The Stamford Group consists of two companies: Stamford Consultants and Talentis Solutions, providing bespoke sourcing solutions since 2001. Headquartered in Zürich and Basel, Switzerland, we specialize within the Life Sciences and Information Technology sectors. Our international team, from more than 10 nations, supports customers to build internal high performance teams, whether this requires a full project team, on-site contractors, permanent hires or executive search.

The Stamford Team

Executive Management

Jenny Johnston

Founder / Managing Director

My personal passions are developing people and building relationships! Thankfully my career in recruitment has enabled me to focus on both. I was born in Florida, many years ago, and started my career in sales management at a young age in the fashion sector. I’ll never forget my experience in 2000 calling my first IT prospective client....not only did I only have one short speech in German, I barely knew the difference between an operating system and an application! I was lucky that the Swiss were so accommodating and supportive and fifteen years on, I can say what a lucky person I am to be able to still do what I love with such great people to work with!

Nicole Gruenenfelder Fuchs

COO

Born and grown up in Switzerland, I spent a few years in the United States and other countries and therefore combine my Swissness with an international touch. My heart is in customer service and, having grown up in the hospitality industry, service is in my blood while my education is in accounting, HR and Tax matters.
I've been with Stamford since 2002 and I remember when we started in a small office in Basel, just us 3 girls, and now I think ``What happened?``. The experience of leading a company to its success and giving people great jobs is a treasure and I am very proud of all of us for having achieved this.
Now I am responsible for continually expanding Group customer activities, managing the Stamford Group's operations and taking the lead on all legal and HR compliance issues. I am also a member of the board at Swiss PRM. There we support our members in all matters regarding the Body-Leasing industry.

Christian Ziegler

CFO

Born and grown up in Switzerland, I’m one of the ones to bring Swissness into our international working environment. Punctual as a Swiss watch I like to start meetings on the time agreed what can be quite challenging in our multitask and fast moving business. With a university degree in accounting, controlling and finance and more than 10 years of related work experience I’m responsible for all financial aspects of the Stamford group companies as well as managing the human resources and accounting team. When not being in the office I like to spend time in nature with biking, jogging or hiking.

Mark Dowsett

Director of Sales Excellence

I was born & bred in the south of England, but developed an early affinity for Germanic culture. This lead to me studying German at university and then moving to Frankfurt for my first role in the recruitment business almost 20 years ago. A few years later, I discovered my spiritual home amongst the mountains and punctual trains of Switzerland, where I’ve remained more or less ever since. At Stamford, I’m responsible for leading the Group Services Division, incorporating Managed Services and HR/Payroll Services offered by Talentis Solutions and the Group, as well as encouraging the team to eat more broccoli!

Information Technology

Björn Milz

Director Information Technology

Born in Germany, raised in England and partly in Denmark, I finally settled in Switzerland in 2003. My recruitment experience started off in Munich as an IT recruiter back in 1996 and has seen me move via Berlin and Frankfurt before landing in Zürich. Since then, I have built and managed teams within Telecoms and Engineering.

Outside of office hours I like to spend my free time actively. I love to play football even though I am the worst player in my team. Besides playing football, you might see me sailing, mountain-and motor-biking as well as skiing during the wintertime.

Daniel Shalom

Managing Consultant

My name is Daniel and I come from London, England, but have been living in Switzerland since 2005. Before settling in Switzerland, I lived for a while in a few different places, including Venezuela, Brazil and Spain. I started life in Switzerland as an English teacher, but made the switch into recruitment with Stamford in 2011, and have never looked back.

I specialize in IT Infrastructure, with a particular focus on database administrators and developers, systems engineers, virtualization and storage. Outside of work I spend most of my time with family and friends, and following the ups and downs of my beloved Arsenal FC.

I look forward to meeting you soon

Stephen Moore

Team Lead Development

Born and raised in bonnie Scotland, I have been recruiting since 2010 and have been working with Stamford Consultants since 2013. I trained as a pharmaceutical recruitment consultant but moved into IT recruitment as an account manager for Oracle, where I assisted their recruitment across various global business units. Following this I began recruiting into the Swiss market specializing in the Java ecosystem.

I am now responsible for the development recruitment market where we have a team of experience consultants recruiting in the areas of web, mobile, and cross-language programming. Our team is focused on assisting software engineers to advance their careers across Switzerland. We have achieved this through developing close relationships with our candidates and building lasting relationships with our clients by assisting them in finding the best people on the market.

Natasha Serafim

Team Lead Business & Change

I’m part Greek, part Indian, all Londoner. I’ve been in recruitment since 2010, finishing off a Graduate Diploma in Law after graduating with a Bachelor degree in Business Management from the University of Sheffield.
I’ve been working the Swiss market since 2011 and this year decided to make the next step to Zurich, joining Stamford and taking over the Business Analysis vertical.

Some know me as the cat whisperer due to my penchant for collecting Ragdoll cats and when I’m not baking banana loaf for the office, I’m having a good sing and dance.

Chris Gummery

Recruitment Consultant

I was born and raised in the North Of England and also did my studying ‘Up North’. After I graduated I spent 6 years in London and started doing IT Recruitment in the capital. Whilst working for an international company in London I was given the opportunity to work in Zürich, Switzerland and jumped at the chance. Zürich has been my home ever since. I have spent most of my career placing IT contract staff in large organisations. At Stamford Consultants I am a Recruitment Consultant specializing in the placements of Database and Business Intelligence professionals.
In my spare time I enjoy DJing in bars, clubs and recording DJ mixes. I play guitar, bass and try to avoid doing vocals. I also enjoy entertaining my children, skiing, keeping fit and driving my motorbike.

Alejandro Chausse

Recruitment Consultant

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Olga Reisenhauer

Recruitment Consultant

My name is Olga and I was born in Russia and grew up in Germany.

After working for pharmaceutical and engineering industry I moved to Switzerland in 2004 because this nice country combines everything: great people, wonderful landscapes and the possibility to start my career in the IT sector.

I have started at Stamford Consultants as an Associate Recruitment Consultant at the beautiful Bellevue office in Zürich.
I am looking forward to supporting interesting clients and candidates and help them finding the perfect match.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. But my passion is going to the gym daily (weights & cardio). I am also trying to play the piano, golf and travel as much as possible. I like good food and wine as well as testing new restaurants and bars.

If you are interested in a new professional opportunity in Switzerland, I am happy to support you!

Erlisa Lajqi

Associate Recruitment Consultant

I am Erlisa and I was born in Kosovo but moved to Zurich when I was 3 years old so I practically grew up in Switzerland. I started my career in the Administration and Service sectors during my apprenticeship. After that I finished the Swiss Baccalaureate for commercial services and to gain more work experience, I worked part-time in a call center during my studies. Thanks to that experience I realized that I like to have direct customer contact and love to fulfill the customers’ needs. Thus, in April 2015 I started my career in recruitment as I found the possibility to help candidates in finding their dream job very fulfilling.

When I’m out of the office I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to concerts and actively spending time in the nature.

Laia Grao

Recruitment Consultant

Hi I am Laia and I was born and raised in the lovely Barcelona. After finishing my studies in Business Administration and Marketing Management, I moved to Switzerland back in 2012. Now after several years I can say that I consider Zürich to be my home!

Because of my background in the hospitality industry, I understand the value of excellent customer service, and I always maintain this as one of my top priorities. I am passionate about interacting with people, understanding their needs, and helping to enrich their professional development.

In my free time, I love long walks with my dog, spending time with friends, and enjoying a good glass of red wine. I also enjoy doing sports, especially fitness and yoga, and trying new restaurants.

My professional focus is in the Business & Change division as an Associate Recruitment Consultant, and I am grateful to be part of such a talented team here at Stamford Consultants.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Daniel Murray

Recruitment Consultant

Born in the UK and educated at Malvern College and Middlesex University I have been working in the recruitment industry since 2012 and been based in three different countries; United Kingdom, Luxembourg and now Switzerland!

At The Stamford Group I am a Recruitment Consultant specialising in the IT Project Management field and look forward to building open and honest relationships which are crucial to understand your situation and to find the best solution. I pride myself on providing rapid and quality solutions for businesses and those looking for a fresh challenge.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking and playing squash, also supporting my home city rugby club The Worcester Warriors and my favourite football team are Wolverhampton Wanderers aka “The Wolves”.

Saleh Hasban

Recruitment Consultant

I was born in Stuttgart, where I grew up. During my schooldays, I was always fascinated by the Lake of Constance, in southern Germany, so I decided to study my law degree at the University of Konstanz.

In 2016, a chance to enter the world of recruitment in Zurich came along and so it began my exciting journey with ”People Business”. I enjoy working with my clients and my candidates. Only when they are satisfied with my work, I am too.

I like exploring new Swiss mountains routes riding my motorbike. I like being outdoors and enjoy the Swiss landscapes and nature. I’m also a food lover so I’m often trying new restaurants in Zurich or in the kitchen, where I help my girlfriend cook new dishes!

Leroy Wong

Recruitment Advisor

I'm originally from Switzerland but grew up in Malaysia. Keen to increase my international exposure, I tied the knot and returned to motherland.

I was amazed learning about recruitment and how close it's related to the career I have built in Real Estate back in Kuala Lumpur. Without a doubt I knew that this is something I want to do and want to be great at so I'm able to help as many people as possible discover careers that make them and their families happy.

I love doing pretty much anything adventurous, trying new things and getting to know people.

Feel free to contact me anytime. I'm looking forward to it

Lorena Abderhalden

Recruitment Advisor

Born and raised in Zurich, however with parents from different parts of Switzerland - Basel, Ticino and Grisons. Therefore I have spent lots of time in the mountains – during summer for hiking & during winter for skiing.

I started my career in the tourism & hospitality sector. Afterwards I worked for a fashion company and then my passion for sales and customer care brought me to recruitment where I finally feel home.

In my spare time I love spending time with friends & family, as well as trying to travel as much and as far as possible.

I'm looking forward to get in touch with you.

Marija Hayoz

Recruitment Advisor

Hi, my name is Marija and I am originally from Belgrade, Serbia. I graduated from University of Fribourg with a Master degree in European Business.

Recently I joined The Stamford Group as a Recruitment Associate and I am thrilled to make a positive contribution in my new role.

In my spare time I love to explore new places around the world with my family and friends, take care of animals and go for long holidays at the seaside.

The best part of my day is interviewing candidates; so don’t be afraid to give me a call! I will be happy to talk to you.

Connor Bradley

Recruitment Advisor

Born in Brighton, raised in Brighton, educated in Brighton and finally swapped the Beach for the Mountains where my heart lies.

After graduating from the University of Brighton with a degree in Business focused in Finance and Human Resources I began my career in Business Development, and Account Management functions in the Financial Services sector. I learnt the importance of building relationships and offering value in business functions.

Fast forward to today I have been able to use what I learnt in my degree to put into practice in the exciting world of Recruitment - I am excited in acting as matchmaker in my area of expertise between client and candidate.

In my free time, I enjoy exploring the beautiful Swiss Alps and countryside, travelling, spending as much time as possible in restaurants trying new cuisines, playing football and following my team Brighton & Hove Albion!

Gjystina Uka

Recruitment Advisor

Originally I am Albanian, I was born and grew up in Germany (Munich) but my whole Family lives in Switzerland.

I started my apprenticeship as office administrator in an IT Company. After that I worked as a Service Contract Manager in the same Company.

I love Switzerland which is why I moved to Zurich in 2018 to start my career in recruitment at The Stamford Group. If I can make people happy, I am happy.

In my free time I spend time with my family, friends, shopping and good food. I love travelling and meeting new people.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Alex Machold

Recruitment Advisor

My career started by completing an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk and then I worked as a sales manager in Germany. Afterwards I spent some time in Dublin where I specialized as a QA-Tester at an international IT company.

Always on the lookout for challenges, I joined The Stamford Group early in 2018 and I set myself the personal goal to become a leading recruiter in Switzerland. I like to build relationships with partners and enjoy interacting with clients. Feel free to get in touch anytime, I look forward to hearing from you.

Ricarda Pietschmann

Recruitment Advisor

Having grown up in Germany and the UK, studied in Switzerland and gained work experience in major cities such as London, Berlin, and Amsterdam, I lost my heart to the mountains. Upon graduation from Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, where I was surrounded by cows and a breathtaking view over the Swiss Alps, I knew one day I‘d be back in the land of chocolate, cheese, and wine.

My background in the luxury hospitality world developed my passion for the people industry. Having previously worked as a Recruitment Specialist for AccorHotels I realized how much I enjoy assisting candidates throughout the entire recruitment process. I joined The Stamford Group mid 2018 and aim to assist candidates in finding the most fulfilling positions that match their skills, and assisting clients to find the best talent for their organization.

In my spare time I love traveling, cooking or trying out new restaurants. Whilst waiting for it to snow, so I can click on my skis, I’ve developed a passion for running and fitness.

Are you looking for a new professional challenge? I look forward in assisting you with finding your next role.

Nithujah Thirunavukarasu

Recruitment Advisor

As a countryside girl born in Germany I started loving the nature at a very early age. After my first skiing trip in the beautiful mountains of Switzerland I fell in love with this country and its mesmerizing landscapes.

While studying international business and social sciences I came across the field of Human Resources which caught my attention immediately. Working in the luxury retail triggered my passion for sales and helping people.

Thus I was looking for something that would combine both: sales and recruiting. The Stamdford Group gave me the opportunity to combine both, and now I finally feel home.

When I’m not at work I’m mostly spending time with family and friends, exploring the facets of Switzerland or spoil them with home cooked Indian meals.

Life Science

Jay Webster

Business Manager - Life Sciences

Generally larger than life, Jay brings the feel of streets of London to the sleepy environs of Basel. Specialising in regulatory affairs, Jay is the number one go to guy for his clients and candidates, happy to share his knowledge of the market and provide advice on what would best meet their needs.

In his spare time Jay is a keen sportsman and chairman of one of England’s oldest cricketing teams. He is also heavily involved in setting up sports events for children and other groups.

Demba Sidibe

Associate Director - Life Sciences

Educated in marketing and international trade, with further training in human resources and over 5 years recruitment experience in Life Science, Demba is responsible for the Life Science team and leads them with passion and determination. He builds a sense of pride within his team and believes their success lies in the excellent client and candidate networks they invest in heavily. His international background has taught him the importance of listening and understanding people’s needs.

Anneleen Otte

Business Consultant

I have an international background as before moving to Switzerland, I lived in Belgium, Malta and Italy.I am happy to bring my interpersonal skills and years of experience in sales, operations and management to my current role at Talentis Solutions.

At Stamford, I work as a Business Consultant specialised in Project Management and PMO consulting.
In my free time I love travelling, discovering new places, meeting new people from diverse backgrounds, and spending quality time with family and friends. I also like trying out new recipes from international cuisines.

I speak English, French, Dutch, some Italian and German.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Alin Vindireu

Recruitment Consultant

By and large upbeat and energetic, I bring international experience in marketing, financial services and sales to Stamford's diverse team. Having received the award for ``Always ready to help`` in one of my previous roles, I plan on maintaining that status and contributing to the squad's success and first-class service level. With a focus on Pharmaceutical Market Access, Health Economics and Outcome Research, I am honored to offer passionate Life Sciences professionals the opportunity to experience a highly rewarding career.

In my spare time, I co-ordinate a local basketball team and enjoy exploring Switzerland hiking trails as well as Mediterranean cuisine.

Florence Wespiser

Senior Recruitment Advisor

Hi, my name is Florence and I’m French, more specifically from the Alsace.
I studied International Management and International Business Affairs. After spending a half year in the north of Germany (Heilbronn) during the final year of my master’s degree, I decided to focus my career in Switzerland.
I have 2 years of experience in recruitment within the Life Science area and really enjoy working in this international and intercultural environment! Here at Stamford we speak more than 20 languages!
Now as an Associate Recruitment Consultant I would like to specialize in business development areas within this fast-paced environment.
I am open-minded, enthusiastic and a great team player who really enjoys meeting new people and helping them achieve their next career step in the Swiss market.

In my free time I like to travel and spend good time with my friends and family such as to cook some typical French specialties.
My goal in recruitment is to create a win-win situation between the candidate’s expectations and client’s needs.
Please get in touch to know more about our company and future job opportunities we can offer you!

Matt Benzies

Recruitment Advisor

Born and raised in the South of England, I moved to Basel back in 2007. Before joining Stamford, I spent 3 years within the pharmaceutical industry gaining broad knowledge within the business. During my time there I completed rotations in various areas such as Export Operations, Regulatory Affairs, Patient Relations and HR Business Services.

As of August 2017 I’m working as a Recruitment Advisor for Stamford in the Life Sciences sector. I am excited to support candidates in finding their dream job. I hope to meet many new people and build strong relationships along the way! I’m passionate about talking to customers, dealing with their needs head on and giving them the best opportunities possible.

In my free time I enjoy both watching and playing football, meeting my friends, being active and experiencing new, exciting things.
I look forward to getting to know you!

Diana Soukmandjieva-Agovska

Senior Recruitment Advisor

I am originally from Bulgaria. I studied Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and started my career as an in-house HR Specialist & Generalist in a publishing house in Bulgaria. I joined Stamford in 2013 as a Talent Acquisition Specialist, specializing in medic and scientific recruitment in Clinical Development and Medical Affairs and supporting the Life Science Senior Recruitment Team.

In my free time I enjoy taking my two dogs for a walk, having long discussions with friends, visiting hot night clubs and dancing oriental dances.

Karim Al-Odeh

Recruitment Advisor

Born and raised in Jordan, to a Swiss mother and Jordanian father. I officially moved to Switzerland in 2008 after my BA in Business Administration. I’ve been working mainly in the Swiss market since then where I gathered experience in different industries as well as in being an entrepreneur with a few start-ups on my buckle.

I have a flair for people and cultures. I find it interesting to deal with and get to know different cultures and personalities. For this reason I got into the recruitment business in the Life Science industry. It is always a pleasure being able to combine my background and experience in my everyday life by assisting individuals in finding their ideal Job.

Looking forward to getting in touch with new opportunity seekers and help them with their new undertaking.

Roxana Urs

Recruitment Advisor

Originally from Romania and with a true passion of exploring new things, places and people, I believe that there is always a reason to smile and that nothing is random in life. That’s why I like being driven by curiosity, optimism and a permanent interest in learning and discovering.

With a degree in European Affairs and Program Management, I have nine years’ experience in International Trade Compliance, Legal Affairs and Project Management and I have gained a lot of satisfaction being dedicated to volunteer work for many years.

I have moved to Switzerland in August 2017 and I recently joined The Stamford Group as a Recruitment Advisor with a great desire to face a new professional challenge. It is a pleasure to learn from the best and to practice recruitment within the Pharma IT environment, to listen people’s stories and motivations, to find interesting opportunities to impact and change lives.

I love mandala painting, as well as travelling and playing paddle tennis.

Tim Masson

Recruitment Advisor

I was born in the south of England, where I grew up until the age of 8. That’s when my international adventure started. Moving around Europe as a kid, I lived in Paris, Düsseldorf and Geneva. After leaving school I continued to pursue my passion of skiing/snowboard and windsurfing and traveling and became an instructor for these and many other sports.

I moved back to Switzerland 5 years ago, working in the finance industry in Zürich. Now I am looking forward to my new career in recruitment with Stamford Group in the excited field of Data Science within life sciences.

In my spare time, I spend my winters in the mountains and my summers enjoying the amazing lakes and rivers that Switzerland has to offer.

I look forward to helping you find your next exciting opportunity!

Talentis

Bernadette Gabathuler

Operations Manager

I am Swiss and grew up in our beautiful Alps. Following my studies (Hospitality & Tourism) and some years of work experience I took the chance to work in Miami Beach & New York City.

Returning to Switzerland, I started my career in Recruitment and joined the Stamford Group first as a Resourcer then Team lead. I joined Talentis Solutions AG in 2010. Having a passion for Project & Process Management I completed in parallel my further Education as “Organisator eidg. FA” (today called Unternehmensanalyst eidg. FA) with focus on Project Methodology & System Engineering.

Being highly service and solution oriented, spiced with an adherence to quality & process management I match well with Talentis's service offerings tailored around the clients needs, with strong focus on Project Management & PMO consulting.

A daily sport session and a glass of wine on weekends keeps me fit.

Back Office

Simone Wissle

HR Manager

I was born in France and still live there, and I am married with 2 boys , so I have quite a harem at home!

After my degree, 14 years ago in a small Swiss Semiconductor company I started as Assistant of the Management Team. A few months later the company was taken over by Motorola and the HR person left due to lack of English knowledge. This was the opportunity for me to jump into Human Resources! Of course I then went back to school to get certified in Human Resources and Swiss law.

Since December 2008, I am happy to be the HR Manager of Stamford Group, taking care of all our employees and contractors. I am an open minded person, proactive and flexible which enables me to make our employees happy. I am specialised in Swiss Human Resources, from general administration to permit, salary, social security, insurance etc…

My time off is filled up with my family, and friends. Good food, wine and holidays describe my hobbies the best. This is to be expected, I am French!

Mona Siedentopf

HR Operations Specialist

I was born and raised in Germany. I started out in the hospitality industry and graduated with a Bachelor in Commerce and a Diploma in International Hotel Management in Ireland. During my studies I had worked in Lausanne and China and decided to return to Switzerland when I had finished my studies. I had always been interested in HR and have joined the HR team of Stamford in December 2015.

When I am not working I enjoy running and having a pint with friends.

Bernadeta Krol

Finance Assistant

Hello, my name is Bernadeta. I was born and raised in Poland. After finishing my studies in Law and Administration I decided to move to Spain to live and work there for a while. I finally settled in Switzerland in 2014. At Stamford I work as a Finance Assistant and I am responsible for for the billing and booking of client invoices. I support also the team in various finance and accounting related tasks.

Outside of office I am a passionate traveler. I love exploring new places around the world, trying new food and meet new people.My second passion is reading the books, especially historical and classic literature. I speak English, German, Spanish and Polish.

My favourite quote is: For those determined to fly, having no wings is just a little detail.

Matthew Moore

Technology Manager

I’m British-Italian by nationality, British by nature. I moved around a lot when I was younger and came to enjoy visiting new places, getting into new cultures, and (most importantly) trying new kinds of food.

After getting my degree I came to Switzerland to work as a recruiter for Stamford, based in Zürich. A couple of years later my passion for things electronic had cemented me firmly in the role of “IT guy” and it was then formalized, making me responsible for anything that runs on electricity, including this website and the coffee machines.

In my spare time I swim or snowboard (depending on season), go to the gym, and look for new restaurants to try in and around Zürich. The latter unfortunately heavily offsets the former.

Ivan Santos

Digital Marketing and Social Media

Born in Spain, I have lived most of my life abroad, mostly in the UK and in the US.

After completing my postgraduate in Digital Media Management at the University of London, my partner and I decided to relocate to Switzerland – and we haven’t looked back! Prior to joining Stamford, I worked in content marketing within executive education in the UK and start-up environments in Zürich.

In my spare time I enjoy playing football, tennis and I’m an avid chess player. I also take advantage of the incredible Swiss Alps scenery to go off the beaten track and take some nice shots with my Canon!

Valentin Novev

Talent Acquisition Specialist

My name is Valentin and I’m originally from Bulgaria.

My interests are in the fields of healthcare, management & marketing and sustainable development. I joined the Stamford Team in November 2016.

I enjoy traveling and communicating with people from different cultures, I speak French, English, Russian and a little bit Spanish. I’m keen on sports especially volleyball.