By FrenchConnect London, 03 May 2016

Isabelle Cailler


Isabelle Cailler – Founder at Lucena Search

An expert in the placement of world-class thought leaders for the digital and software space, Isabelle Cailler is an Executive Search consultant with over a decade in the industry. Commended for her results-driven, quality-focused strategic approach, she has led global search campaigns for major-league CEOs and their leadership teams, as well as sourced distinguished investment professionals for private equity and venture capital firms across Europe.

Throughout her career, Isabelle has lived and worked in five European countries and is fluent in English, French, German and Italian. She can confidently navigate the subtleties and nuances of each culture and this in turn has enabled her to build an unrivalled and extensive network of the most influential digital and software leaders across Europe.

Devoted to helping senior executives flourish in their careers and to creating added value for her clients, Isabelle is well respected among her peers for her determination, passion, creative thinking and soft skills.

Lucena Search:

Focussed on the placement of high-impact leaders for the digital and software space, Lucena delivers bespoke search campaigns across Europe, recruiting managers and board members for start-ups, international corporates, investment funds and their portfolio companies. We also advise on management issues, reference checks and candidate assessment.

Bringing together the network and rigour of a global search firm with the lateral thinking and flexibility of an independent, our personalised and creative approach stems from a wealth of knowledge and experience within the sector.

For us, it’s not about how many candidates we place. It’s about delivering the perfect candidate. We are committed to the success of our clients through their people. The utmost confidentiality at all times is a given and honesty our guiding principle.

  1. Your chief characteristic?
    Listening and unlocking potential!
  2. Your favourite entrepreneur of the moment?
    Mark Zuckerberg & Travis Kalanick.
  3. A good VC is…?
    Able to spot innovative ideas and identify and build powerful teams to realise long-term growth potential. Supportive.
  4. A good co-founder is…?
    A self-aware and humble leader who has the aptitude to surround himself with those possessing complementary skillsets and personalities.
  5. Where will you invest your first or next million?
    In innovative technologies targeting sleepy traditional markets (Medtech, Fintech).
  6. Main quality you value in business?
  7. Your idea of success?
    To achieve your life’s goals while remaining faithful to your values and positively contributing to your surroundings.
  8. Your favourite hero?
    Nelson Mandela.
  9. Your favourite restaurant in London?
    Fera at Claridge’s, they have an amazing tasting menu.
  10. Your favourite date spot in London?
    Old Tom & English, Soho. Ask for a table by the fireplace!
  11. Your favourite motto ?
    “Anything is possible” and “Souris à la vie et la vie te sourira.”
  12. Which book would you take on a desert Island?
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
  13. Which film would you take on a desert Island?
    Mr. Bean!
  14. And…which CD would you take on a desert Island?
    Let the sunshine in.