Senior Human Resources Manager at companies such as Telefónica, and Consultant for Talent Search and Leadership Development

Plácido Fajardo

Managing Partner


Law Degree from Granada University
MDP at IESE, and diplomas in Leadership and Management Seminars from INSEAD and IMD.

Professional experience

  • Human Resources Manager at AT&T Network Systems España 1991 – 96
  • Human Resources Manager at Lucent Technologies for Southern Europe 1996 – 98
  • Manager of Management and Executive Development at Endesa 1998 – 01
  • General Human Resources Manager at Telefónica de España 2001 – 07
  • Managing Partner at Leaders Trust / AltoPartners, 2007 – September 2017
  • Managing Partner at Leaderland since October 2017

He has managed and/or executed over 200 searches for managers and projects related to assessment and coaching in Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, United States, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Angola and Australia for the following clients: Ferrovial, Acciona, Vodafone, Atento, Maersk, Campofrío, Unidad Editorial, Iberia, Prosegur, VIPS Group, Sandoz / Novartis, NH Hotels, Hertz, Indra, SEUR, Accor Hoteles, SM Editorial, Mahou-SanMiguel, General Dynamics, Deoleo, Sanitas, LVMH – LOEWE, Endesa Gas, CEPSA and others.

Other duties discharged during his career:

  • Founding Partner of AECOP (Spanish Association for Coaching and Process Consultancy)
  • Member of the governing board of IESE and President of Promoción PDD-IV 96
  • Member of the Advisory Board to Human Resources at ESADE in Madrid
  • Member of the National Board at AEDIPE (Spanish Association for People Management and Development)
  • Award for the Best Human Resources Manager, voted by 100 experts, in 2004 by the newspaper Expansión, where he was a columnist for eight years
  • Patron of FUNDIPE (Foundation for the Development of the Human Resources Function)
  • Member of Top Ten HR Spain
  • Chairman of the Talent Chapter in the Cre100do Project, sponsored by Fundación Bankinter para la Innovación, ICEX and Círculo de Empresarios
  • Co-author of 9 books and over 100 articles on Leadership and Management
  • Contributor to with the Apuntes de Liderazgo blog

Plácido Fajardo

Managing Partner
“Senior Human Resources Manager at companies such as Telefónica, and Consultant for Talent Search and Leadership Development.”.”

José Ignacio Arraiz

“Senior Consultancy Manager for Human Resources and Organisation, and former CEO of HayGroup Spain”

Diego Sánchez de León

Senior Advisor
“Manager of the Strategic Consultancy Division for Talent and Organisation at Accenture for Europe and LatAm”

Begoña Zarzuelo

Head of Research
“Senior consultant specialising in the executive search for the various functional and business areas in diverse sectors”

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