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Rolf Dahlems

Region: Europe/Middle East/Africa
Tel: +49 211 933 791 11

Signium Germany
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Practice Groups: Industrial


Dr. Rolf Dahlems has a university degree in Mechanical Engineering (Diplom-Ingenieur), a Master Degree (Diplom-Kaufmann) and a PhD in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.); Technical University Dortmund / University of Cologne. Following his career start in strategic consulting he managed the office of the Chairman of the Board of the Rheinmetall group, responsible for corporate planning and reporting. Subsequently he had a management function in finance for the subsidiary WMF AG.

He returned to consulting when he joined Heidrick & Struggles. Here, he was Managing Partner and Regional Head Germany. Since more than 20 years he is Managing Partner at Signium International, Duesseldorf.

His consulting focus in Executive Recruiting lies in the following segments:

Industrial Companies
Thanks to his academic background in engineering and business as well as his leadership experience Rolf has an exceptionally deep understanding of the concerns / needs of the global manufacturing industry. For more than two decades he has been a trusted advisor to international corporations and midsized companies.

His extensive experience covers a wide spectrum of products and processes including plant machinery and equipment, electrical and electronics engineering and technology, systems for regenerative energy, metal manufacturing and processing, casting, glass, carbon, ceramics, building materials, automotive components, machine and process technology industries, agricultural machines and technology, heating and cooling technology, technical textiles and electronic components.

Private Companies
Rolf advises several privately owned companies. Over the years he has become a much sought, trustworthy and successful partner for private companies and their families by virtue of his particularly individual and sensitive approach to the specific requirements of this sector.

Supervisory and Advisory Boards
Modern companies are increasingly taking a more focused and disciplined approach to selecting supervisory and advisory board members with a view to optimizing professionalism and quality. Rolf offers the following service: 

1. Systematic analysis of individual existing board members as well as team constellation.

2. Development of a “model” board for the business entity and identification of “grey” areas.

3. Search and evaluation for ideal candidates from a proprietary database of personal 
business contacts supported by a tried and tested search process.

4. Particular focus on and promotion of diversity in board structures: raise the percentage of
female and non-national members through highly qualified candidates.