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Ann Frances Kelly

Region: Europe/Middle East/Africa
Tel: +49 211 933 791 12

Signium Germany
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Practice Groups: Consumer, Life Sciences


Ann Frances Kelly is a native of Ireland and has lived and worked in Germany since the late eighties. She is bilingual in German and English and holds an international degree in business and languages from DCU (Dublin City University), Ireland and the University of Dortmund, Germany.

She began her Executive Search career with one of the global top three recruiting companies and has been with Signium for more than 20 years, today partner in the Duesseldorf office.

From 2014 – 2018 she led Signium’s Global Consumer Practice in the worldwide organisation.

Her client base includes blue-chip multinationals, SMEs as well as PE/VC-backed mid-caps and start-ups.

For many years she has been a trusted advisor to her domestic and international clients delivering bespoke solutions and expertise in focus segments:

  • FMCG / Consumer Products and Services (B2B/B2C, Food/Non-Food)
  • Fashion, Sport, Lifestyle
  • Healthcare

She has comprehensive Executive Search experience in Brand and Private Label across a range of channels and business formats (retail and wholesale, out-of-home, convenience, e-commerce, catering, foodservice).

Ann Frances Kelly conducts domestic as well as cross border pan-European/global searches across a range of functions including Sales, Marketing, Operations, Supply-Chain, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, R&D/Innovation and Procurement.

Prior to her Executive Search career, she gained further expertise working for the IIRS (Institute for Industrial Research and Standards), Dublin, a provider of outsourced technical / commercial services to fledgling and growing business.

In her capacity as consultant and advisor to Enterprise Ireland (the government agency for supporting and advising Irish companies abroad) as well as their clients she authored a Recruiting Guide for foreign companies aiming to set up a presence in the German market and actively supports / advises international Market Entry Companies across a wide breadth of sectors and industries.