Barbara Schonhofer

Barbara Schönhofer is Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Executive Search, for The Jacobson Group. In addition to serving on the firm’s Executive Management Team and overseeing the international executive search practice, Barbara manages Board and senior management search assignments.

She has consulted companies internationally in all areas of the life, health, pensions and property and casualty insurance arena. Barbara has successfully assisted leading industry organizations in the acquisition of business critical senior-level talent including Board Members, CEOs and other C-suite roles.

Barbara brings 35 years of executive search and financial services experience to Jacobson. She was the founder of ejsSearch, a talent management consulting firm specializing in strategic executive search for clients in the insurance industry in the UK, Europe and worldwide, and was the driving force behind its recent merger with Jacobson in an effort to provide the industry with much-needed continuity in global executive search.

She was previously a Partner with Korn Ferry International, where she established their London insurance and reinsurance practice. Prior to this, she was Managing Director of Insurance at Stephens Associates, an international financial services executive search firm.

Barbara has been very influential in persuading the UK to look carefully at diversity and from that end was instrumental in setting up TWIN (The Women’s Insurance Network) in collaboration with Peter le Beau.

More recently, Barbara has initiated a club for senior women in the insurance industry, where significant companies host Supper Club events for up to 30 participants. Speakers are sourced by Barbara and the ensuing discussions are far reaching and stimulating. These events, which happen four times a year in the UK are under the patronage of Mary Francis, CBE and NED of Aviva and are open by invitation to senior female executive and non-executives in the insurance industry. These events have also been established in the U.S. in New York and Washington, D.C.; and there are plans to develop them further.

In the past, Barbara was the pioneer and business leader of a major centralized lending business and insurance intermediary working for a leading building society as part of an 18-year financial services career in business leadership, management and development.

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