I’m thrilled to share my recent interview with Authority Magazine, where I delve into my journey as the CEO of ACCUR Recruiting Services and the invaluable lessons I’ve learned along the way. The interview, conducted by Chad Silverstein, explores various aspects of my life and career, offering insights that go beyond the conventional wisdom often taught in college.
From my early years, I was deeply influenced by my grandfather, a prominent public business figure in France. His blend of intellect, humor, and dedication to family left a lasting impact on me, teaching me to approach life and work with seriousness, yet not taking myself too seriously. This balance has been a guiding principle in my career.
A significant turning point in my professional life was my experience at the HEC-Entrepreneurs Master’s Degree program at HEC Paris. This program, unlike my previous academic pursuits, emphasized hands-on experience and interactions with seasoned entrepreneurs, highlighting the practical aspects of entrepreneurship that traditional education often overlooks.
One of the key lessons I learned through my entrepreneurial journey, particularly during my first venture before founding ACCUR, was the importance of aligning with partners who share similar goals and perspectives. This experience taught me the value of building a business that balances long-term growth with quality interactions and a stable environment.
I also debunked the myth that larger businesses are inherently more successful. My experience in the executive search industry showed me that smaller companies can be more agile, profitable, and adaptable, often providing more personalized and effective services than larger firms.
Running ACCUR Recruiting Services has taught me that effective selling is crucial, especially in the early stages of a business. This insight underscores the importance of pairing innovation and quality with strong sales strategies.
Reflecting on my journey, I offer advice to new entrepreneurs, emphasizing the importance of persistence, focusing on clients over investors, the primacy of execution over ideas, the value of launching early, and viewing entrepreneurship as a lifestyle choice.
As I look to the future, my goals are to diversify our business development channels while maintaining strong relationships with our clients, and to continue enjoying memorable moments with my family. I believe in a work culture that values time over money, emphasizing working smarter, not just harder.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey and insights. I hope they inspire and guide you in your own professional endeavors.
Edouard Thoumyre is a seasoned executive recruiter with over 17 years of experience in executive search, as the Founder and Managing Partner of ACCUR Recruiting Services. Specializing in the Consumer and Luxury Goods industries, he has a proven track record of placing senior level and C-level executives in family, private equity-backed, and Fortune 500 companies in the beauty, wine & spirits, watch & jewelry, home goods, and tobacco industries, among others. Edouard Thoumyre holds a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris (#1 European Business School, Financial Times rankings) and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Centrale Lille (a top 10 French engineering school). ACCUR Recruiting Services has been recognized as a Forbes Top 100 executive search firm since 2018.
Edouard Thoumyre and his firm, ACCUR Recruiting Services, have been featured in numerous publications such as WWD, Business Insider, Newsweek, CPG Specialist, Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq.com, Marketplace by NPR, Business of Fashion…