Alvaro Arias is the Partner in charge of Iberia and the Global Head of the Private Equity Practice Group at Pedersen & Partners. With over 17 years of Executive Search experience, Mr. Arias has successfully completed Private Equity assignments across Europe, with mandates ranging from succession planning and high-opportunity sectors to value creation and portfolio management strategies. Mr. Arias Echeverria focuses on organisational and leadership effectiveness and advising clients on business and intrinsic talent-related aspects. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Arias held senior positions as a Partner and member of the International Executive Committee of Neumann and Principal at Egon Zehnder. Before launching his Executive Search career, he served as a Senior Manager at AT Kearney, and was a Professor at IESE Business School. While at IESE, Mr. Arias founded the financial services boutique Global Business and Finance, and the IESE International Finance Research Centre in Barcelona and Madrid. Mr. Arias graduated as an Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
He holds an MBA from IESE Business School and has completed the Doctoral Program in Corporate Governance from the City University Business School in London. He speaks native Spanish, fluent English and conversational Portuguese.