&samhoud has opened an office Switzerland. Based in Zürich, the new office is after Kuala Lumpur the second international establishment of the organisational advisory firm*. The official opening will be held on October the 30th, 2013.
The Zürich office is not a brand new opening yet the result of a joint venture with Conavis, a boutique Swiss consulting firm. Similar to &samhoud, Conavis offers services in the areas of organizational development, training and coaching. The firm has seven consultants in service and is run by managing partners John Kuenzler and Jorge Cendales. As a result of the joint venture, Conavis has been rebranded to &samhoud Switzerland
Jorge Cendales worked for over 10 years for the business consulting branch of IBM (‘IBM BCS’), before he joined Hewlett Packard in 2001. After eight year with HP, he decided to return to the advisory branch and become part of Conavis.
John Kuenzler has more than 15 years of consulting experience in organizational development, innovation management and coaching. He worked for years at EY, a CRM specialist and CLS Communication, a global service provider that provides translation services.
The Swiss market is not a greenfield for &samhoud. Over the years the consultancy has worked for a number of Swiss customers, including the guidance of a large transformation at the Swiss Railways. This strong basis and network led to the logical consequence of opening an office in Switzerland, according to &samhoud.
* Early 2011 &samhoud opened an office in Kuala Lumpur. Untill the end of 2011 &samhoud also had an office in Madrid, Spain, atlhough the Spanish arm was closed seven years after the start. According to founder Salem Samhoud this was mainly caused by slow decision making in the country, combined with a poor business outlook.