We are an international consulting company, experts in headhunting, interim management and assessment.

We operate at an expanded range so as to deliver "C" level positions down to the base of the hierarchy. Maxim employed: the client needs to be attended to!

On the other hand, we offer respect to the candidate and to the process. Professionalism and ethics, both applied unconditionally.

GES - Global Executive Search
International partnership:
GES - Global Executive Search

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What sets us apart

Established in a boutique format, our service is customized, which renders focus to mission, quality, assertiveness, speed and competitive costs.

Because we do not operate solely in any specific market segment, we forward our actions with great freedom. There will hardly be any impediments and restrictions analogous to “off limits”.

Nimble concepts and disruptive models constitute steady practice, ever since our foundation.

By way of illustration:

  • Home Office – first trials in 1997;
  • Interim Management – since 1998;
  • Anywhere office – since 2002;
  • Cloud Computing – since 2004;
  • More recently: alignment to available technological tools
    (e.g. Kenoby, Gupy, LinkedIn, etc.)
Headhunting / Executive Search / R&S Outsourcing

We serve companies in all of their demands:

"C" level, directors, managers, coordinators, analysts, if there is a service provision to be proposed, it needs to be filled!

Interim Management

It consists in the allocation of top strategist professionals and specialists under an interim framework for specific projects.


The correct allocation of a professional to a company is validated by an assessment tool.

Through this methodology, behavioral aspects, motivators and qualifications are identified ensuring, alignment to the process.

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The demand - our focus

We find the best of each one, respecting the candidate and the process.

We are an international consulting company, experts in headhunting and interim management. Since 1998, we have been operating in the human resources area, customizing solutions and services to meet market demands in the best possible manner.

In Brazil, we have a nationwide operation, through our bases in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Abroad, more than 60 countries (Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa) through our partnership with GES - Global Executive Search — we have partners operating in the same format as CL Executive Search & Interim Management.

We supply your demand anywhere!

GES - Global Executive Search

Efficiency above all

The methodology we use ensures:

  • 1

    Customized customer-to-customer, requester-to-requester service.

  • 2

    Deliver results with speed and quality competitive edge – in an average period of two weeks.

  • 3

    Reduced operational costs, allowing an operation with competitive costs when compared to the market.

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Founded in 1998, with the purpose of providing services nested into the Interim Management concept, allocating experienced professionals in high-level positions for the development of specific activities in pre-established periods.
Ever since August 2000, CL began to have a broadened scope, comprising Headhunting/Executive Search in addition to the Interim Management.
In 2003, we joined Agnis Human Resources, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, which ensures that demands from Brazil can be met from two basis: São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
In 2008, CL partnered with HeadParters – HR Strategic Advisory, resulting in an expanded operation to then include Europe and Africa.
In 2019, CL partnered with GES – Global Executive Search, resulting in the expansion of its operations to all continents (the Americas/Europe/Asia). Thus, CL’s reach is now over 60 countries, delivering HR products and services with a global scope.
Headhunting / Executive Search / R&S Outsourcing
Products & Services

Headhunting / Executive Search / R&S Outsourcing

The Headhunting / Executive Search / R&S Outsourcing activity consists in identifying, in the market, professionals that meet the specific needs of the demanding companies.

How do we operate?

Phase 1 | Evaluation
Understanding the hiring organization and defining the ideal professional profile.
Phase 2 | Mapping/Search & Selection
The mapping of professional is done electronically, using resources aligned with the most up-to-date digital technology in the market (LinkedIn/Gupy/Kenoby, etc.)
Nevertheless, our filters and analysis are operated and formulated by humans.
This methodology is what adds value to the process.
It is known and notorious that artificial intelligence by itself overlooks talents (wrong parameters) or does not find the ideal professional due to the simple fact of he or she not having applied for the job in the first place.
Phase 3 | Delivery of Processes
The candidates’ process is delivered in customized folders, in an in-person meeting with the hiring areas (HR and position requester).
Phase 4 | Follow-up
We provide all support for the interviews as we watch over the activities thoroughly and in detail.
Phase 5 | Post-hiring
We guarantee the replacement of a professional, in case of dismissal within less than 180 days from the hiring date.

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Interim Management

Interim Management—Hiring of professionals who are specialists in projects

Timely solution for business problems

We allocate professionals with broad experience in high-level/strategic positions, such as coordinators, managers, directors, presidents and council members for the development of specific activities in pre-established periods.

Hiring people who are not linked to the organization environment brings about the possibility of indicating and implementing differential changes, which add value through the synergy of cultures and approaches.

As they do not compete for jobs, do not interfere in career/succession plans and do not get involved in company policies, they end up becoming facilitators in the communication between positions and people, minimizing the negative side effect that internal competition for power causes in corporate environments.

As they are interims, they have a greater freedom to express opinions, points of view and action plans; and since they are committed to a goal, they do not disperse their focus to solve other issues.


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We ask the customer to elucidate what they want to receive, evaluating the adequacy of their option. Furthermore, we value the interim character of the contract, watching over and coordinating the progress of the owrk and ensuring the continuity of the project in case of impediments.

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  Cost reduction

Since these are punctual and specific resources, they do not require the human resources maintenance for all situations.

During the specified period, the activity is performed full-time and does not involve labor risks to the contractor.

  Professional Profile

An expert in accomplishing specific missions and, above all, in solving problems.

A blend of an executive and advisor, a professional who works in specific projects.


  • Who made a career choice;
  • Entrepreneur focused in reaching his ideal performance and satisfaction in his or her work;
  • Self-motivated;
  • With specific qualifications and competitive edges;
  • Senior and experienced in his or her qualifications, starting at age 40;
  • Financially stable to be able to manage possible “long” periods between contracts;
  • Skillful in dealing with people;
  • Competent in identifying effective solutions for challenges found;


  • Multicultural acquisitions;
  • “Perennial” income source;
  • Insertion in a growing labor market;
  • Flexible work format.

When to hire?

The hiring of an Interim Professional can occur in several situations — non-exhaustive list

  • New Management Models
    Definition and Consultancy
  • Turnaround Processes
    Definition and Consultancy
  • Know-how Upgrade
    Promotion of technological advancements
  • Multiannual Strategic Planning
    Implementation and follow-up
  • Sum of Experiences
    In companies with young management teams

  • Merge and Acquisition
    Advisement in the processes
  • Company/Business Evaluation
    Before large investments
  • Execution of Projects
    Preparation and coordination
  • Filling of positions
    During the absence of its permanent holder
  • Professional test
    Before an actual hiring

  • Revision of Operational Processes
    & Streamlining Program
  • Foreign companies and/or management
    Support upon arrival in the country
  • Corporate reorganizations
    Evaluation and implementation
  • Operational controls
    Revision or implementation for growing companies
Products & Services


Assessment of executives and professionals

The correct allocation of a professional to a company is validated by an assessment tool. Through this methodology, behavioral, motivating and competence aspects are identified, ensuring the alignment to the process.

In addition, periodically, companies need to review their strategic plan and restructure their activities. This reality, pushed by the speed imposed by the global market, results in the constant revision and readjustment of the evaluation of executives and professionals who incorporate the “Head Count”. We use the methodology of an important global player, validated in 90 countries, with an automatic version in 30 languages, certainly one of the top ten assessment tools in the global market.

Their products are customized in order to meet the demands that the globalized corporate world requires, in all levels: from “C Level” down to the base of the hierarchy.

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Technical and behavioral qualification

Knowledge is a partner to results

We map the specific needs and present a work proposal customized to the time and need. Projects are implemented using the methodologies and techniques that may be required.

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Meet some of our customers

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I used CL’s services for 17 years while working at the Marítima Seguros SA group (Marítima Seguros SA and Marítima Saúde Seguros SA) and its successors (Yasuda Seguros SA and Sompo Seguros SA), recruting several executives to work at the mentioned companies in all managerial ranges, such as coordination; senior and middle management; and, executive and technical directors. Nowadays, for instance, the Director/CFO of the Sompo group in Brazil was hired through CL.

CL conducts a distinct work in the search and selection of high-performance executives within the deadlines which are necessary to the indicated profiles, always surpassing our expectations—the reason why the partnership with CL and today’s Sompo group has become long-lasting and fruitful. Such fact has resulted in the selection of dozens of professionals that fit right into the team and, consequently, reached both company and each professional’s goals. I’ve always had the prompt service of CL at hand and I recommend its utilization by any company that may need its services.

Milton Bellizia Filho
Former Statutory Diretor - Marítima Seguros/Yasuda Marítima

I’ve worked with CL since 2009. CL is our choice mainly when I need to find out-of-the-ordinary resources. Whether it be the CEO for one of our companies or simpler positions such as financial analyst.

I can always count with its discretion, perseverance (and patience!), associated with Plinio’s good judgement, something which cannot be said of other consultants that try to “push” faster solutions, but not always better ones.

I recommend CL Executive Search & Interim Management.

Katia Costa
CFO - Grupo Ligna HS Investimentos

I’ve known Plinio for over 10 years. We worked at the same company and established an unquestionable partnership 12 years ago. And that has been possible because he is one of the best people I know: ethical, friendly, loyal and humane.

As if those qualities were not enough, Plinio is a top-notch, hands-on, experienced and assertive professional who is extremely focused in solving problems, displaying a level of energy and commitment which are rare in the marketplace. Consequently, that’s how, in my view, CL Search operates in the market: “A company of excellence”.

Robson Castro

I have known Plinio Cerqueira Leite for over 15 years and I can attest and guarantee that he is an excellent professional. He has a very strong client orientation, a high standard of ethic and quality in everything he does. I also know CL Search, a company which operates in the identification, selection and recruitment of professionals with the exact technical and managerial profiles which are demanded by the clients. This statement is based in facts and truths because I’ve seen CL Search “deliver” very high-level candidates that left the hiring company with a cruel question: “Which candidate should we hire?”, because the proposed candidates were beyond excellent.

In my 15 years as a consultant and a professor, I attest: Plinio and CL Search are the professionals that companies should hire.

Mauro Ribeiro

I worked a few years with Plinio while I was an HR director at Leo Madeiras. Given the flexibility in his manner of work, adapting to company culture and understanding the necessities related to the candidate, he ended up becoming my main supplier and, in some cases, the only one. We filled several types of vacancies, from coordinators to CEO, and it is characteristic of him to work as a real partner. The agility with which he managed to acquire candidates is also a quality that stood out.

Once (maybe this was his record time), he was able to acquire a candidate in less than 3 days.

Maria Teresa Botton

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