Our business

A`HEAD is an Executive Search and Consulting company based in Stavanger, Norway.

We recruit candidates for executive and middle management positions, as well as professional experts, in both the private and the public sector.

The consultants of A`HEAD have recruited, assessed and assisted managers since 1997.

Insight into the Managerial Mind

We are the only consultants in Norway licensed to use the Career Path Appreciation method (CPA). The CPA enables us to assess a manager’s ability to identify the critical factors that have to be addressed in a complex environment: How does the manager handle the increasing uncertainty at senior management levels?

We were also among the first to use Hogan´s HDS, which identifies managers´ potential derailing factors; “the dark sides”.

Dedicated, professional and confidential

A`HEAD is based in Norway´s Oil & Gas Capital, and one of our key areas of expertise is the Oil & Gas Industry.

Through our membership in International Management Search Associates (IMSA), we have access to a global network of search companies and candidates, imsa-search.com

The partners of A`HEAD have a strong academic background and a long career within headhunting and recruitment. Our experience has shown us the importance of confidentiality and respect, both in the interaction with candidates and in the cooperation with clients. As headhunters we are the client’s representative towards the candidates.

Understanding the client and knowing where to look for the best candidates

Our search process is based on a thorough understanding of the clients` business, their culture, their visions and strategy, and the relevant candidate pool in which to search for the right candidates.

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    Job analysis

    Understanding client business and culture, job tasks and critical requirements.

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    Targeted search

    Using our CV database and network, we target and approach candidates.

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    Pre-interview meetings

    Initial, confidential meetings with candidates. Client is not present.

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    First interview

    Client meets candidate for the first time.

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    Executive Assessment and Recommendation

    An in-debth Executive Assessment of the final candidates including reference interviews and recommendation.

Here you will find some of our available positions

Submit your CV and register for the candidate base


Leadership potential, strategic ability and stress reactions

A`HEAD offers a comprehensive in-depth assessment that includes personality testing (Cattell 16pf), a preferences, values and motivation test (Hogan’s MVPI) and a stress tolerance/integrity test (Hogan’s HDS).

Further value to the Executive Assessment process can be added by performing an assessment of the candidate’s current and future ability to handle complexity and uncertainty (the Career Path Appreciation, CPA).

This is an area where many executives fail because their conceptual abilities do not match the complexity of the challenges they face.

Assessments are key in Search & Selection, but also in other processes

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    Talent Selection and Prognosis

    We identify the full potential of young candidates joining your organization. Who has the potential to be a future CEO, and who would do better opting for specialist roles?

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    First Time Manager

    The new manager is given a better understanding of how other people react to him/her, enabling the manager to faster improve team leader performance.

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    Mid Career Assessment

    Who has the potential to go to the top, and when can the candidate get there? Who has already come too far and ought to refocus his/her career to get back in flow?

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    Management Audit

    We map and analyze the company management team; who has the potential to replace the CEO, who could start shining again if offered a job at a lower level?

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    Second Opinion

    Which of your candidates has the greatest future leadership potential and is the best fit for the position in question?


A`HEAD Search and Selection is a part of International Management Search Associates (IMSA); an international network of headhunting companies. Our global network of IMSA members and associates enable our clients to identify the right candidates and reach their strategic goals internationally. Find out more at IMSA’s homepage.


Understanding you – understanding your organisation

Do you want to connect with someone who understands both your business challenges and knows people and why they perform (or not) in organizations?

A`HEAD works with experienced management consultants who can understand your organizational and business challenges and facilitate processes to address them.

We will be your confidential, “Executive Helper” with whom you can discuss challenges, options and strategies, and we will assist you in implementing them.

Executive Services

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    Board Services/Succession Planning

    Enabling the board to make better decisions by improving its ability to work as a team and focus on the most important issues, one of which is Succession Planning: What background, education and skills are necessary to be CEO? Are there anyone in the organization meeting the requirements? Should we make changes in the organization in order to create positions which better qualify for CEO?

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    Leadership Development

    A tailored, individual process for managers who want to perform better as managers of their team, as members of the management group or in their role as a specialist.

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    Management Group Development

    Improving the managent group’s performance, by improving internal communication and goal understanding.

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    Employer Branding/Organizational Value Development

    A restructuring of the external communication of an organization based on an analysis of the true values of the organization, as kept alive and expressed by the individuals working there. If necessary, helping organizations implement strategies for developing their true values.


Stig-Rune Reese

Stig-Rune Reese

Managing Partner / Consultant

+47 454 49 444

Hard Olav Bastiansen

Hard Olav Bastiansen

Partner / Consultant

+47 918 29 828