Small, yet powerful – meet the team!

Jean-Michel Fürst
Founder and Managing Partner

«Today, tradition and values must be lived in a modern and agile way!»

Jean-Michel Fürst is our expert for executive search for luxury goods and fast-moving consumer goods. With his passion for beauty, shapes and materials, he has developed a sense for extraordinary personalities for your brand.
More than 20 years ago, Jean-Michel Fürst founded DE BORD INTERNATIONAL and since then he not only ensures that we have a balanced and exemplary team ourselves, but also that your team finds its ideal composition like yin and yang.
A basic technical education with a postgraduate diploma in business administration, various international positions in marketing and sales as well as his many years of experience in management positions have given him the skills to understand the market and your needs. Competitive sports, as well as the affinity to Asian martial arts shaped him at a young age. His professionalism and fighting spirit as well as his knowing what it takes to be successful comes from many years of practicing tennis on a competition level.

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Axel Riester
Co-Owner and Managing Partner

«Exploring, understanding and developing – that is my passion.»

Axel Riester supports you in the recruiting process as an expert for executive search in the industrial and construction industry and its digitalisation. He combines his enthusiasm for modern tools and processes with a broad industrial and entrepreneurial understanding in order to fill your vacancies.
He acquired his technical know-ledge while studying mechanical engineering and his entrepreneurial skills during his postgraduate studies in business administration at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
His various management positions in a number of industries had one common denominator: transformation towards customer centric performance based on innovation and focus. He has passion for the simple things in life: working in the woods and tuning bicycles to take them to race are great sources of pleasure for him.

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Hans-Rudolf Zellweger
Executive Coach

«Wherever work is done, luck finds its place.»

As a certified coach, Hans-Rudolf Zellweger is successfully coaching managers and those who want to become one. In a confidential conversation, Hans-Rudolf Zellweger refines the strengths of the interlocutor and encourages him or her to also explore new grounds. Before his independent activities as an executive coach he held senior international positions chiefly in the pharmaceutical industry and has gained a lot of valuable experience in management teams as well as in executive search. This proximity to the market and to the industry enables Hans-Rudolf Zellweger to respond quickly and effectively to changes in the workplace and to tailor consultations accordingly. His own experience of having both an employee’s and employer’s perspective forms a well-rounded basis for a well-balanced and mediative approach in his coachings.
In his private life, he personally has a passion for classical music and the opera. That’s why he likes to combine his travels with a trip to the respective opera or a concert.

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Andrea Nienaber
Managing Partner

«Be who you are! Be that in the best way possible!»

Andrea Nienaber joined the team DE BORD INTERNATIONAL in 2018. She is our expert in executive search in the life sciences sector and finds suitable new employees for your company.
She combines her years of consulting experience with her own research knowledge: Before she started to work in sales and consulting in the field of life sciences, she completed her studies in biology with a doctorate. That’s why Andrea Nienaber has a deep understanding of the market. Her concern is not just the macroscopy of your company, but also the microscopy of your products. With this approach, she finds the right members for your team and fills in painful gaps in all medical and technical matters.
At home, Andrea Nienaber’s two daughters keep her on the go, as well as lately a few renovations in their own house. In our team, she can raise a smile when her natural calm is unexpectedly interrupted by a (self-)ironic commentary.

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Annina Haller
Communication & Office Manager

«You can only make progress if you try something new»

Annina Haller is responsible for the entire administration, research and communication at DE BORD INTERNATIONAL. When you call or visit us here in Zurich, chances are very high that you will get in touch with her first.
For more than four years now, she supports DE BORD INTERNATIONAL in the daily business, and is employed full-time since Septem-ber 2018. In 2018, she completed her humanities master’s degree at the ETH Zurich and can now fully dedicate herself to the well-being of our candidates and customers, as well as to writing new content for our online presence. Annina gained her writing experiences not only through numerous papers at university, but also thanks to her previous professional experience as an editor and as project collaborator in a communications agency.
In her free time, Annina likes to try out new escape rooms in Switzerland or explores museums and restaurants abroad.

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Xiomara Erni
Back Office Assistant Research & Administration

«Everything is theoretically impossible until it is done»

Xiomara Erni is the youngest member of DE BORD INTERNATIONAL.
Since October 2020, she supports the back-office team with the execution of various administrative tasks, with process management as well as with research in social networks.
The prospective business economist is in the fifth semester of her bachelor’s degree at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.
She grew up bilingual Spanish and German. In addition to business administration, she has a special flair for languages and communication. In August 2017 she successfully finished her high school degree in communication and media in Wettingen. Afterwards she gained exciting and valuable experiences in an international environment in the sales and marketing sector.
Her great passion are dancing and traveling. In her free time, she is very adventurous and enjoys spending time in nature with her friends or family.

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