Championing excellent search services

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The George Garrett Guilford & Associates team in a light mood (L-R): Perla S. Sumabat, Nancy D. Ocampo, Susie T. Arroyo, Elsa S. Limjap, Stella I. Guilatco and Maristela S. Montemayor

By Mark Louis F. Ferrolino

Leading executive search firm George Garrett Guilford & Associates (GGG&A) continues to live up to its goal of delivering quality search services and sticks to its belief that there are no shortcuts to a successful search.

For almost three decades now, GGG&A has built the trust of various corporations across different industries in the Philippines. The firm, which was established in 1988, is  considered as one of the top retained search companies in the country today.

GGG&A is an ideal partner for senior level position searches, whether for startups or newly emerged ventures, replacing incumbent or strategic hires for companies’ expansion, among others. Most of its clients are from multinational corporations and large conglomerates in industries such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), life sciences, telecommunication, information technology, distribution, business process outsourcing (BPO), energy, real estate, mining, banking, and financial services.

“We have done very well and successfully placed many good people who have grown our clients’ companies,” Stella I. Guilatco, GGG&A managing director and Philippine Association of Executive Search Professionals, Inc. (PAESPI) treasurer, said in an interview with BusinessWorld.

According to her, GGG&A exhausts all efforts in finding the most suitable person in each of its search assignments. They are able to assess people by asking the right questions that elicit proper answers to determine the candidates’ character, strengths and weaknesses, among others.

GGG&A’s screening and selection process is carefully done but with immediate results. With the help of its senior associates who have a superior record of proven abilities to properly assess the candidates’ compatibility with the clients’ business environment, a fully assessed shortlist and a comprehensive report of top contenders is ensured.

GGG&A strongly abides to the code of ethics and professionalism in the industry. The firm is one of the founding members of PAESPI that combats malpractices in the industry. As a member of the association, GGG&A is committed to the highest ethical standards, accountability, transparency and professionalism.

“The ethics will be more on conducting the entire process of giving the right or proper information to our candidates about our clients’ companies. Also, when we do a comprehensive reference check, we validate all the information given to us. We ask all the necessary information pertaining to strengths, weaknesses and contributions of the person. The theory behind this is that past behavior is usually predictive of future behavior,” Ms. Guilatco said.

GGG&A boasts of its more than 80% batting average and over 90% repeat business. For Ms. Guilatco, the numbers speak for itself that GGG&A is performing well. “It’s important to do a good job. Every time you do a good job, they will remember you,” Ms. Guilatco added.

The company will still focus on executive search in the years to come. Being able to help improve people’s lives by making their client companies grow, therefore creating more jobs, and being able to impact the country’s economic growth are the things that satisfy and inspire Ms. Guilatco’s team in doing the business right.

“The industry exists because it is needed. We just make sure that we will comply with the requirements of our clients,” Ms. Guilatco said. “As long as we do a good job each time, then we’ll be here for a long time.”