Our team


Based on 25 years extensive experience recruiting top creative talent and general management profiles. Our recruitment agency works together with companies in their long-term careers development strategy.

Founded and directed by Antoinette Lemens, she surrounds herself with experts who share the same values and enthusiasm for finding the best candidates in the design, luxury, fashion, brand management, communication and digital sectors. Thanks to their dynamic international approach and numerous language skills they are also able to find international top talent. 

Antoinette Lemens


Born in Holland and dual English and Norwegian nationality, I studied in Belgium, Spain and England. I began my career working for a design agency in London before joining the Concept Group here in Paris. For 4 years I was responsible for visual identity and brand communication for the international Kenzo account.

I then became managing director of the international group Novamark before creating my own recruitment agency Jobs in Creation, specialised in design and marketing jobs within the creative sector. In 2004 the recruitment agency became part of the worldwide Aquent recruitment group, where I was given the responsibility of International Accounts Director.

In 2009 I left the Aquent Group and set up a new recruitment agency in 2010, Antoinette Lemens Executive Search.

Throughout my career I have hired many different profiles for France and Europe’s top design agencies and international companies: Executive Design Director for Renault, Lighting Design Director for Philips Holland, Visual Identity and Communications Director for the group “La Poste” or an entire recruitment project for a new luxury goods company setting-up a new branch in the Middle-East.

I have also been actively involved with the French Design community for over 20 years in my role as General Secretary for the Design & Communication Association, which regroups over 25 of Paris’ top design agencies.

Spoken languages: English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Italian and German. 

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Grégory Marande


After studying Communication and Political Science at IEP in Bordeaux, I began my career working within 2 government departments: the department of Culture and Communication and the Department of National Defence.

My taste for public life led me to join the group “La Poste” where I was in charge of corporate communications with elected officials in Paris, followed by a move to Brussels working in Public Affairs. In September 2010, I joined the recruitment agency Antoinette Lemens Executive Search in order to combine my communication skills, design sensibility and desire to continue managing corporate strategic development.

Since joining the company, I have hired candidates in a wide range of professional sectors such as the Automotive Industry (French and International profiles) and the Design sector (branding, retail and packaging). I have also worked on several transversal recruitment projects for design agencies: Project Managers, Account Directors, Strategic Planners, etc.
Naturally, thanks to my previous experience working within the communication field, I have also worked on recruitment in areas such as communication, marketing and digital.

Spoken languages: French, English and Spanish. 


Belinda Picaud


Since acquiring a BA hons degree in Graphic Design in 1990 from Brighton Polytechnic, Belinda has gone on to explore design management and corporate & personal branding

Her career began as responsible for graphic design and packaging for Texas Instruments – Consumer Products Division, Nice, France, establishing the brand identity for TI consumer products in Europe. From there Belinda joined IBM EMEA to manage the European rollout of IBM’s newly established corporate brand identity program.

Belinda spent 10 years lecturing corporate branding, and personal branding & communications at the Institut Supérieur de Design (ISD) in Valenciennes. She was also responsible for international relations for the school, assisting the students in the creation of their portfolios, and in their research for internships worldwide. 

Belinda joined Dassault Systèmes in 2012 as Global Art Director for the brand and was charged with setting up the Creative Hub, an internal branding studio with a team in France and in the USA. The challenge was to structure a clear branding strategy to be applied across all media channels for the 10 brands and 8 industries working with the demands of internal clients worldwide.

In 2014 Belinda joined Antoinette Lemens Executive Search as Associate Partner with the ambition of diversifying the service offering of the company in the field of training. With her experience as a designer and training in personal branding and art therapy Belinda has developed team building modules, creative workshops aimed at reorienting teams (design/marketing/communication/HR) to work better together and access new forms of creativity.

User Experience is another passion that Belinda shares with Antoinette and Caroline and together they have developed a selection of Retail Tours that explore retail innovation spaces and experiences in major cities worldwide. London is a great example; it is at the leading edge of omni-channel marketing with brands testing new and creative approaches to user experience and loyalty.

Spoken languages : English and French. 



Ann Nisbet

Senior consultant

Being of English nationality and having a design background, I began working with Antoinette Lemens in 2000, where I was responsible for French and international design recruitment.

Over the past 10 years I have developed a comprehensive network of talented designers, specialised in a variety of different design sectors (interior architecture, packaging, visual identity, branding and product design), many of whom have now developed their career and become creative directors.

In recent years I have started to work with some of Paris’s top design schools to share my knowledge of the French and international design market, giving design students essential career advice (CV and portfolios) in order to prepare them for professional life in the highly competitive world of design.

I also add an international touch – helping students to improve their Design English, a skill that is becoming increasingly important because “design in the 21st century is no longer limited by geographical location”.

Spoken languages: English and French. 

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Nadya Moqbel


Being myself a product of two cultures, with a dual Yemeni and Russian nationality, I pursued my studies between France, Canada and Yemen, and obtanied my Master’s degree in International Public Management from the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris.

Seeking to evolve in a multicultural, extremely fast- paced, dynamic, vibrant and target driven atmosphere, I headed towards a career in recruitment, and thus joined Antoinette Lemens Executive Search recruitment agency.

After an experience within several international frameworks, I joined the agency’s team to participate within its business to business sales role, and especially to contribute with my experience to projects on the international level. Being a part of the agency’s team allows me to use my best personal skills to communicate and deal with companies and professionals with different cultural backgrounds, who influence and change the society we live in.

As someone who considerably values human capital, I enjoy sourcing clients and talented individuals, on both French and international markets in design industry, for sometimes very unique vacancies and prize playing a role in developing our clients as a result of appointing our outstanding candidates into roles that make a difference.

Spoken languages : English, French, Arabic and Russian. 

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Cécilia Lemens


After a master degree in management of the fashion and luxury industry, I had a few experience in different design agencies in France and abroad, as a project manager. Thanks to these experiences, I have gained a comprehensive view of the creative business, which allows me today to recruit creative profiles as well as commercial profiles.

For junior candidates or for top management profiles, in agencies or companies, my approach remains the same: listen to each personality and make sure that our candidates and clients are best to grow side by side.

Main profiles recruited: Packaging, identity, retail, artistic directors, design managers, project managers, account managers, sales managers, automotive design managers.

Languages ​​spoken: French, English and knowledge of Spanish and Chinese.

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Amélie Gagne


After graduating from a business school, I decided to work in recruitment in order to use my interpersonal skills. With a real creative sensibility and a passion for the fashion industry, I joined the luxury and fashion unit of Lemensearch in 2013.

Identify talents,  supporting my candidates and enable them to meet my clients is my core business.

Languages spoken: French, English and Spanish.

Main profiles recruited: fashion designers, head of collection, product managers, marketing managers, visual merchandisers, set designers.

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Caroline Malki

Communication and press

After five years being in charge of communication for a ready-to-wear brand I decided to turn to new horizons and join Lemensearch to approach communication in another form while remaining in contact with the fashion sector I am passionate about.

Maintenance of the website, writing articles for our blog and management of pages on social networks; I am dedicated to make the agency visible at the sight of our clients, candidates and prospects. 

I also take part in the organization of training sessions on trends in retail. This activity allows me to deepen my knowledge about the exciting world of retail and joy of very enriching relationships.