Our Team

Where passion begins!

Lukas Kühne

Managing Partner & Member of the Board of Directors

Lukas Kühne holds a degree in history from the University of Bern and a Master of Advanced Studies in Human Resource Management from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. He has been working in headhunting since 2004. Already during his studies, he worked as a research employee and subsequently enlarged his area of responsibility to Head of Research, Consultant and in 2015 to Partner of the company. Since January 2020, Lukas Kühne is the owner and acts as managing partner of the Meister Executive Search AG. He has extensive experience in handling executive search mandates and has built up a broad and well-maintained network of meaningful relations to decision-makers and key opinion leaders. Lukas Kühne speaks German and English fluently.

Laura De Paolis

Consultant

After completion of her bachelor’s degree in 2014, Laura De Paolis started to work for another renowned executive search company as research analyst and thus has learned the craft of identification and approaching managers and specialists from the ground up.  She joined Meister Executive Search in January 2018 and first headed the research team for two years and has been a consultant since the end of 2019. Since January 2022, she operationally leads the division Meister Networks. Laura De Paolis completed her master’s degree in international management with a specialisation in diversity recruitment at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in 2017. She speaks fluent German and English.

Stefan Schwendt

Consultant

After successfully completing his mechanical engineering studies with a specialisation in process engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Stefan Schwendt joined the Unilever group in 1994. At Unilever, he was able to gain extensive international experience throughout the entire supply chain and in engineering over an extensive period of 25 years. Thus, Stefan Schwendt possesses detailed end-to-end experience in the areas of R&D, operations (factories), automation and innovation management, quality management, digitisation and the associated change management. He has always seen people as the most important success factor of a company in all his roles in the most diverse regions and cultures, inspiring him to now pursue his passion as a consultant. The idea of recruiting suitable candidates for our clients, who can then grow and develop in the new positions, thus creating added value for themselves and our clients, is what drives Stefan Schwendt. He is fluent in German and English.

Marie-Emmanuelle Joriot

Consultant

Marie-Emmanuelle Joriot is our consultant in the Western part of Switzerland. She started her professional career in the market management in some of the leading automotive companies. In 2013, she discovered her passion for Executive Search and has remained loyal to this industry ever since. In the first years, she worked for two renowned headhunting companies – first in the French-speaking part in Switzerland and then in Zurich – before she founded her company International Headhunting in 2018,  which she still leads today as Managing Director. Since its foundation, International Headhunting has maintained a trustful and professional relationship with Meister Executive Search AG and the companies support each other in selected recruitment mandates.

Tara Graber

Head Research

Tara Graber has earned her Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Bern and has been appointed as Head Research in October 2020. She has worked in a psychosomatic department of a university hospital before joining Meister Executive Search as research analyst. Ever since, she has gained in-depth insights in the specific recruitment of executive and management positions. The acquired skills and experience have enabled Tara Graber for the goal-oriented and professional leadership of the research team. She speaks German, English and Korean fluently.

Jana Hägele

Research Associate

Jana Hägele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bern and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Business Innovation at the HSG University of St. Gallen. She has been working in research at Meister Executive Search AG since October 2020 and took over the technical leadership of a two-person research sub-team in December 2021. Jana Hägele has several years of experience in systematic market analysis and the direct approach of executives and specialists. She is fluent in German and English.

Lars Aeschbacher

Management Assistant

Lars Aeschbacher joined the Meister Executive Search AG team in 2008 while studying history. Over the years, his area of responsibilities has extended from pure acquisition to a broad management support and administration function. His dedicated understanding of our mission and our quality standards, as well as his persistence, has already opened numerous doors for Meister Executive Search AG. Lars Aeschbacher speaks German and English fluently.

Giorgio Albisetti

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Giorgio Albisetti is an accomplished lawyer and notary public further holding an Executive MBA degree from the University of St. Gallen. He has joined the family-owned company Von Graffenried Group in 2009, and acts as Chairman of the Executive Board of Von Graffenried AG Liegenschaften since 2017. Giorgio Albisetti contributes with his experience as entrepreneur, his innovative spirit, extensive network and valuable strategic skills to various boards of directors and foundation boards. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Meister Executive Search AG since January 2020.

Lukas Kühne

Managing Partner & Member of the Board of Directors

Lukas Kühne holds a degree in history from the University of Bern and a Master of Advanced Studies in Human Resource Management from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. He has been working in headhunting since 2004. Already during his studies, he worked as a research employee and subsequently enlarged his area of responsibility to Head of Research, Consultant and in 2015 to Partner of the company. Since January 2020, Lukas Kühne is the owner and acts as managing partner of the Meister Executive Search AG. He has extensive experience in handling executive search mandates and has built up a broad and well-maintained network of meaningful relations to decision-makers and key opinion leaders. Lukas Kühne speaks German and English fluently.

Laura De Paolis

Consultant

After completion of her bachelor’s degree in 2014, Laura De Paolis started to work for another renowned executive search company as research analyst and thus has learned the craft of identification and approaching managers and specialists from the ground up.  She joined Meister Executive Search in January 2018 and first headed the research team for two years and has been a consultant since the end of 2019. Since January 2022, she operationally leads the division Meister Networks. Laura De Paolis completed her master’s degree in international management with a specialisation in diversity recruitment at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in 2017. She speaks fluent German and English.

Stefan Schwendt

Consultant

After successfully completing his mechanical engineering studies with a specialisation in process engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Stefan Schwendt joined the Unilever group in 1994. At Unilever, he was able to gain extensive international experience throughout the entire supply chain and in engineering over an extensive period of 25 years. Thus, Stefan Schwendt possesses detailed end-to-end experience in the areas of R&D, operations (factories), automation and innovation management, quality management, digitisation and the associated change management. He has always seen people as the most important success factor of a company in all his roles in the most diverse regions and cultures, inspiring him to now pursue his passion as a consultant. The idea of recruiting suitable candidates for our clients, who can then grow and develop in the new positions, thus creating added value for themselves and our clients, is what drives Stefan Schwendt. He is fluent in German and English.

Marie-Emmanuelle Joriot

Consultant

Marie-Emmanuelle Joriot is our consultant in the Western part of Switzerland. She started her professional career in the market management in some of the leading automotive companies. In 2013, she discovered her passion for Executive Search and has remained loyal to this industry ever since. In the first years, she worked for two renowned headhunting companies – first in the French-speaking part in Switzerland and then in Zurich – before she founded her company International Headhunting in 2018,  which she still leads today as Managing Director. Since its foundation, International Headhunting has maintained a trustful and professional relationship with Meister Executive Search AG and the companies support each other in selected recruitment mandates.

Tara Graber

Head Research

Tara Graber has earned her Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Bern and has been appointed as Head Research in October 2020. She has worked in a psychosomatic department of a university hospital before joining Meister Executive Search as research analyst. Ever since, she has gained in-depth insights in the specific recruitment of executive and management positions. The acquired skills and experience have enabled Tara Graber for the goal-oriented and professional leadership of the research team. She speaks German, English and Korean fluently.

Jana Hägele

Research Associate

Jana Hägele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bern and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Business Innovation at the HSG University of St. Gallen. She has been working in research at Meister Executive Search AG since October 2020 and took over the technical leadership of a two-person research sub-team in December 2021. Jana Hägele has several years of experience in systematic market analysis and the direct approach of executives and specialists. She is fluent in German and English.

Lars Aeschbacher

Management Assistant

Lars Aeschbacher joined the Meister Executive Search AG team in 2008 while studying history. Over the years, his area of responsibilities has extended from pure acquisition to a broad management support and administration function. His dedicated understanding of our mission and our quality standards, as well as his persistence, has already opened numerous doors for Meister Executive Search AG. Lars Aeschbacher speaks German and English fluently.

Giorgio Albisetti

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Giorgio Albisetti is an accomplished lawyer and notary public further holding an Executive MBA degree from the University of St. Gallen. He has joined the family-owned company Von Graffenried Group in 2009, and acts as Chairman of the Executive Board of Von Graffenried AG Liegenschaften since 2017. Giorgio Albisetti contributes with his experience as entrepreneur, his innovative spirit, extensive network and valuable strategic skills to various boards of directors and foundation boards. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Meister Executive Search AG since January 2020.

Research Center

We are proud of our powerful research team under the management of Tara Graber. Our research analysts are responsible in their respective projects for the market analysis, identification of suitable candidates and the establishment of initial contact with target candidates. Through regular training and further education in research and active sourcing, we ensure that we have the optimal and effective method mix at disposal for the market analysis.

Working for Meister Executive Search AG

We are an attractive employer with varied tasks and a high diversity. Would you like to join us and take on new challenges?  

Send your Curriculum Vitae to  graber@meister-executive.ch and we will gladly get back to you!