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.
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.
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.
With a genuine love of fashion and design combined with a dynamic people-person approach, working within the recruitment field seemed a logical and natural choice. After working in the USA for a year I continued my career in London working at a headhunting agency. Several years later I was then tasked with setting-up their new branch in Paris.
For over 10 years I have been specialised in the fashion industry and luxury sectors and have enjoyed working in close collaboration with many international brands and companies, hiring in areas such as Top management, Design, Merchandising and Retail.
I have also developed an extensive network of creative and marketing candidates who I have advised and been in contact with throughout their careers. Making sure that my clients are up-dated with the top talent in today’s competitive marketplace.
My work ethic? As the French writer and poet Antoine de Saint Exupery said “In this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing people together”.
Spoken languages: French and English.
After multiple experiences in recruitment, I joined Lemensearch in January 2012 to contribute with my knowledge on the agency side. Since I have joined the company, I have been able to respond rapidly and precisely to the needs of our clients. I have been able to bring quality advice to our clients and help them with their talent scouting needs to find best suited professionals to hold their business expertise.
In my opinion, the core idea in the recruitment business is to follow up our clients in every single step of the recruitment process and provide them with a real added-value in finding the best fitted candidate for each and every team.
Our agency works for a wide range of clients both, on the French and international markets. Thanks to the highly international portfolio of our company, I had the opportunity to recruit on the international levels for many clients. I have recruited a variety of profiles in Latin America, in Spain as well as in the United Arab Emirates. I am very flexible and very adaptable to different business cultures and local sources.
Recruited Profiles: Business Directors, Creative Director, Retail / Branding / Packaging Art Director, New Business Directors, Retail Managers.
Spoken Language: Spanish, English and French
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.
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.
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.