Points for Growth: St Petersburg 2020

Yury Mikhailov, Managing Partner of Consort Petersburg, took part in the Points for Growth conference organized by Vedomosti newspaper in St Petersburg. This year the business publication, celebrating its 20th anniversary, summed up not only its work results but also the city’s milestones of the past two decades.

The best search firm with the highest business reputation

On 29 May 2019, the Captains of the Russian Business national award ceremony, organized for the 11th time by the Personnel Management magazine, was held at Savoy Hotel in Moscow. CONSORT Group received two diplomas: The Best Search Firm and Business Reputation. The Group’s senior managers Julia Balakina and Mikhail Bogdanov were also awarded personal The Best Expert on the Personnel Market diplomas.

Our Finnish client “took root” in Russia

On 4 April 2019, Yury Mikhailov, Managing Partner of Consort Petersburg, was invited to the opening ceremony in St Petersburg of the Finnish Vilakone Oy’s plant for the production of multifunctional machines for urban maintenance. The event was attended by St Petersburg’s Acting Governor Alexander Beglov, Chairman of the Finnish conglomerate Antti Aarnio-Wihuri, and Finland’s Consul General Anne Lammila.

The plant in Levashovo will produce urban machines for cleaning streets and courtyards. They are designed to operate through the four seasons under any weather conditions, and especially in winter, which in recent years has produced surprises in the form of heavy snowfalls.

Yury Mikhailov with Production Manager Vladimir Podvyazkin

Consort Petersburg acts as a key personnel search partner for Vilakone Oy, which in Russia is called Wihuri Rus.

Is this feminism?

We speak about active participation of CONSORT Group’s Partner Julia Balakina in the activities of the All-Russia organization Woman leader. 21st century where she is Vice-President representing Moscow.

Best Marketing for IESF

CONSORT Group, exclusively representing the International Executive Search Federation (IESF) in Russia and CIS, was recognized as the IESF champion in generating cross-border business in 2017/2018. Our company shared the first place — in terms of cross-border search projects assigned to other IESF partners — with our Dutch and German colleagues.

Best quality and customer orientation

The best quality among generalist search firms (nine on the ten-point scale), confirmation of its status as one of the market leaders, and the top spot in the Best customer orientation nomination — these are CONSORT Group’s achievements reflected in the 14th annual search firms survey conducted by the Personnel Management magazine.

CONSORT Group’s contribution to the success of 2018 FIFA World Cup

In summer of 2018, CONSORT Group team completed the 2018 FIFA World Cup project.

Within its framework, CONSORT provided recruitment, interpretation outsourcing and temporary staff services as accredited by Rostrud.

In 13 cities of Russia, over 1000 interpreters from various languages as well as transportation team, supervisors and other administrative support staff, and project managers with unique experience of hosting sporting events were selected.

Such was the scale of CONSORT Group’s contribution to this country’s overall success in organizing one of the best football championships in the world history.

It was the biggest project in CONSORT Group’s history, with work being conducted since last autumn. To find 1000 interpreters, at least twice as many candidates had to pass through selection interviews, assessment centers, testing of foreign language skills, and onboarding process. After the recruitment, CONSORT team coordinated and administered the work of the selected staff.

It included a colossal responsibility for each of these hundreds of younger people. The project brought a lot of positive emotions for the selected staff, and a sense of pride for CONSORT team’s success.

Our customer, a British company Lapwing, was satisfied with CONSORT Group’s services, same as a year ago when they first contacted us for assistance during the 2017 Confederation Cup.

The IESF is among Hunt Scanlon Global 25

Hunt Scanlon, a highly-reputed research publication, has listed the International Executive Search Federation (IESF – www.iesf.com) among the world – leading Executive Search groups, with 200 consultants force working from 80 offices throughout the world.


Since 2005, CONSORT Group has been responsible in the IESF for operations in Russia and CIS countries. The Group’s consultants have successfully executed more than 50 search projects for our IESF partners’ clients, some of them acknowledged to be exemplary by international standards.