Hotel, Restaurant & Retail talent hunters
Guillaume RochetteCo Managing Director & Founder
Guillaume started a career in retail sales of consumer goods in France, before working in the hospitality sector, and then in hospitality recruitment in 1985, a field he never left. After a successful track record with some of the leaders in the field of international hospitality search, selection and outsourcing, Guillaume created Eureka Executive Search in 1998. From the outset, this boutique company was geared to focus on high-end national and international retained assignments and has enjoyed steady year-on-year sales and profit growth. Whilst coordinating all UK and international assignments, Guillaume's track record in placing management personnel from unit to board and personally conducting executive and non-executive assignments across the restaurant, hotel and retail sectors.
Liz HartstoneCo Managing Director
Liz graduated from Westminster Hotel School in 1985 and worked for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts until 1988. She spent the next 24 years with a leading international hospitality search firm. During this time Liz travelled extensively recruiting for some of the world’s finest independent and corporate hotels. She has developed friendships with hotel owners and senior executives at the same time as managing their careers and now acts as a sounding board to many of them when it comes to their own talent selection and management development.
In 2013 Liz set up her own business, Liz Hartstone Executive Search and as well as running her own label she accepted the challenge to set up a hotel division for Eureka, reuniting her with Guillaume whom she worked with 20 years ago.
Julien DubosManaging Partner
Julien gained valuable experience in the luxury hospitality sector before moving into hospitality recruitment first in London before creating his company in Paris 2001. Guillaume and Julien decided to join forces and Eureka Executive Search acquired the company in 2006. Since then sales have tripled and Eureka Executive Search is now known as one of the leading talent hunting firms for the hotel and restaurant sectors in France.
In addition to carrying our executive search assignments in a hands-on manner, Julien also manages the entire French business. Julien's track record includes placing middle to senior management in leading hotel and restaurant companies.
Ken Sanker is the Managing Director of Limecourt Ventures, a boutique private equity provider. He also holds the position of Founder and Chairman of the Selective Restaurants Group and is a Partner of leading Chef Patrons Chris and Jeff Galvin, whose company includes Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Galvin at Windows on Park Lane, La Chapelle & Café a Vin in the City of London and Galvin Demoiselle at Harrods. Galvin Restaurants have two restaurants at the Caledonian Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh; Pompadour by Galvin, a fine dining restaurant, and Galvin Brassiere Deluxe, a 140 seat Parisian style brassiere. Selective Restaurants includes Michelin starred Chapter One and Michelin Bib Gourmand holder Chapters, El Pirata in Mayfair and Notting Hill, Ferraris in Bexley Village, Bella Vista in Blackheath Village, and the recently launched Tapas Revolution at Westfield and Bluewater Shopping Centres.
Former Executive chef at Gordon Ramsay Holdings, Mark has worked on a wide scope of projects throughout the hospitality industry, including projects in hotels, outside events, product development for retail, airline catering, scholarship programs and cookery schools not to mention the wide array of restaurants under the Gordon Ramsay umbrella.
Since leaving Gordon Ramsay Holdings, Mark has co founded Cirrus Inns and aims to build a group of quality country inns; he will also continue various consultancy roles in different fields.
Silvano Giraldin, formally Director of Le Gavroche, has trained and developed some of the finest front of house professionals.
In addition to working closely with Eureka's hospitality teams, Silvano plays an active part in Albert Roux Consulting. His eye for talent, in-depth knowledge of the market and vast network of contacts has already proven to be invaluable.
Pierre is the former Managing Director of Hippopotamus, part of Groupe Flo. Pierre, after Hospitality Management School in Switzerland, began his career with Groupe Flo in Paris, where he was eventually promoted to Finance Director before becoming Managing Director, a role he held successfully for 10 Years.
Swedish born Karin graduated from Hotel management college in Gothenburg. She soon joined Morgans Hotel Group in London in 2005, working through Hotel and F&B operations. She was then appointed Executive Assistant to the Regional F&B Director. In addition to her PA responsibilities, Karin managed PR and Marketing for the region for Sanderson and St Martin Lane hotels. In 2009, she was promoted to Operations Coordinator at China Grill Managements corporate office in New York, working closely with the CEO, COO and HRD, until joining Eureka in 2011. Karin is a Managing Consultant and focuses on executive search assignments across the hospitality industry, both in the UK and internationally.
French born Elodie grew up in Brazil and Spain and graduated from a Tourism & Leisure School/University in Paris. She started her career in 1999 in Accor Hotels Group in hospitality department. In 2005, she joined the luxury department store Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche part of the LVMH Group as Retail Manager until 2007. After two years working for Elior Group as Project Manager in the Events, Elodie joined Eureka Paris in 2010 as a Recruitment Consultant.
Born In Zimbabwe and raised in Johannesburg, Sam came to London after finishing high school and joined All Bar One for Mitchells & Butlers. Over a period of 8 years, Sam became one of All Bar One’s youngest General Managers and ran four central London sites in succession. She then decided to pursue a career in search and selection and joined a leading UK recruitment company for another spell of 8 years. During that time, Sam focused on the restaurant, food retail and leisure sectors before taking responsibility for events, venues and contract catering recruitment. In 2013, Sam joined Eureka as Managing Consultant primarily focusing on executive search assignments across the hospitality industry, both in the UK and internationally.
Harvey graduated in law from University College London before joining Jessen & Co, a restaurant company which owned and operated 1 Lombard Street and Ilia. Whilst reporting directly to the owner, Harvey focused on project management, infrastructure, legal, company secretarial, marketing, financial administration and last but not least human resources & recruitment. After two successful years of immersion in restaurant head office functions, Harvey joined Eureka to further his experience of an industry he is passionate about whilst focusing on executive search.
Parisian born, Sandra grew up influenced by the English-speaking culture and graduated from a Communication and Marketing school in Paris. She developed a keen interest in gastronomy and the universe of world-renowned restaurants by starting her career in Restaurant Management in 2005 working in some of Paris's most popular Michelin starred dining establishments and the Shangri-La luxury hotel group until 2012, where she was Assistant Manager of the Royal Monceau, the 1 star fine-dining restaurant at Raffles Paris hotel. In 2013 she decided to take advantage of her experience of the hospitality and restaurants business sector by joining Eureka Paris as a Recruitment Consultant.
Nimi started her hotel career, Front of House in London, before finding her niche at The Ritz Hotel where she was employed for five years, working her way up to Reception Manager.
She left hotels to join Wolff Olins, International Brand Consultants. She then took a career break to raise her two children during which time she qualified as a Massage therapist, something she continues to practice.
Returning to her love of hospitality in 2008, Nimi spent 5 years as a Researcher & Administration Assistant for a specialist hospitality recruitment company. She joined Eureka in 2013 as Senior Researcher, working on UK & international search assignments in both the hotel and restaurant sectors.
Toria Duffell (1969 – 2012)
Toria started her career with Rolls Royce before moving into luxury hotels. She originally joined Guillaume in international hospitality recruitment in 1995. After a spell of two years with another hospitality recruitment firm, Toria joined Guillaume a second time in 2000. She became a partner in 2003 and played a crucial role in the success of Eureka. Toria was a wonderful human being and a much respected professional by many the world over. We will forever miss her very much.