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Advert-ID: 15101882

Group CEO to Winona Group

If you are an experienced business leader who wants to drive an ambitious company group towards growth in existing markets, and international expansion, this could be the right opportunity for you.

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City: Stockholm

Job Category: Finance / Law / Purchase

Extent: Full time, Full time

Start date: ASAP

Type of work: Recruitment

Other: Possibility to work remote

About the role

At Winona, part of Akind Group, the core of our business is to help people and businesses grow. By joining Winona as the new Group CEO, you will get a unique opportunity to create and execute on a strategy to grow on both existing and new markets.

The journey began in 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden, with a vision to establish a modern, innovative Executive Search firm within the Akind Group. This initiative aimed to improve Akind Group's strategic competence supply across all levels. Originally named AW Executive Search, the company has since flourished and evolved. In 2024, we introduced our new brand, Winona.

At Winona, we are currently a dedicated team of nearly 20 colleagues, all highly engaged and committed to driving client success and business growth. As the new Group CEO, your role will be pivotal in propelling Winona towards these objectives. Our aspiration to expand internationally materialized in 2023. With Winona Germany and Finland now operational, we are stepping into new markets filled with exciting opportunities.

We are now looking for an experienced business leader to take the role as Group CEO of Winona, guiding us through the next phase of our journey. As CEO of a growing company within a larger, well-established group, you will embark on an entrepreneurial journey alongside founding Managing Directors in each country. Your role will involve harnessing synergies with sister companies within the group, driving profitability as well as growth in current markets and expanding into new markets. In essence, you'll be at the forefront of leading our business's dynamic growth and global reach.

This role presents a chance to leverage your business insight and leadership expertise to foster Winona Group's development and profitable growth in a competitive market. As the CEO of Winona Group, you will collaborate closely with the Managing Directors of each country and be an integral part of the Akind Group's management team. You will report directly to Johan Skarborg, the Group CEO of Akind.

You are offered:

  • To lead the journey of growth and expansion of an innovative executive search firm
  • To coach and work together with an invested and engaged team of Managing Directors
  • Being part of the Akind Group management team and being part of developing Akind Group at large
  • Investment opportunities in Akind Group

Job Duties

The CEO is responsible for ensuring that we have a clear strategy defining our winning aspirations, our playing field, how we differentiate ourselves, our key success factors, and core capabilities. As CEO, you will lead and cooperate with an international team of Managing Directors and jointly drive growth, increase profitability and constantly being on the search for how to develop the company and take it to the next level.

As CEO of Winona you will initially lead a relatively small organization, being part of a larger company group (Akind). On the one hand, this means you need to be hands-on in developing the business of each country together with Managing Directors and Management Groups, but also making sure Winona benefits from the synergies and potential within Akind Group.

Work tasks

  • Ensure a relevant strategy and business plan
  • Make sure there are relevant goals and ambitious targets
  • Follow-up and take actions on our KPI: s to reach the goals/targets
  • Ensure that Winona Group implements best practice
  • Ensure strong cooperation and communication
  • Ensure implementation of our culture & best place to work and be a role model
  • Ensure replacement and succession

We are looking for

You understand the strategies and priorities of the business and apply your knowledge to achieve objectives. You are result-oriented and convey a sense of urgency when you make completing the job a top priority. With ease navigating between operative tasks and strategic queries.

A key factor for success in this role is the ability to build networks, establish credibility and trust, as well as developing new relationships or strengthen existing ones. You cooperate well and communicate with clarity and ease, effectively leading through the Managing Directors.

In addition to this, you have:

  • Excellent record of accomplishment of second-level management and experience from being part of the management team
  • Experience of full profit and loss responsibility in a sale driven organization
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken alike
  • Academic degree, or equivalent work experience

It is meriting if you have:

  • Background in the service industry and B2B
  • Been engaged in and was a driving force behind growth & expansion
  • International management experience
  • Experience from consultancy or recruitment business

Other information:

  • Place of employment: Stockholm, Munich or Espoo
  • Start date: As agreed
  • Extent: Full time

In this process Akind Group are working together with Winona Stockholm, if you have any questions please contact Recruitment Responsible: Emeli Bergenhag at or Researcher: Johan Dahlbom at

Our selection process is continuous and the advert may close before the recruitment process is completed if we have moved forward to the screening or interview phase.‍

Our recruitment process

This recruitment process is handled by Academic Work and it is our client’s wish that all questions regarding the position is directed to Academic Work.

Our selection process is continuous and the advert may close before the recruitment process is completed if we have moved forward to the next phase. The process includes two tests: one personality test and one cognitive test. The tests are tools to find the right talent for the right position, to enable equality, diversity, and a fair process.

When you apply to this application, you will get hired by our partner. This means that you can relax while we take care of the application process.

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