Irena A. Brichta is Managing Partner, Brichta & Partners, in the Czech Republic focusing on senior level search and management assessment assignments for domestic & international clients and providing companies with senior executive outplacement programmes. She has 14 years senior recruitment experience across the CEE Region in all sectors including healthcare, consumer goods, financial services, professional services, manufacturing and industry, IT & Telco.

Before establishing her own firm, Irena helped Egon Zehnder International start their Prague operations, led Heidrick & Struggles International in the Czech Republic & Slovakia, and was latterly Managing Partner, Hudson CR & SK. Prior to 1994, as a senior sales and marketing professional, Irena spent 13 years with Ethicon Ltd, UK (a Johnson & Johnson Company) responsible for their CEE medical disposables business; 2 years as Medical Franchise Director, J&J Inc Hungary; and 2 years as Sales Director, Kraft Foods Budapest. Irena joined 33 St. James's in 2007.

A British/Czech national, born and educated in Britain (MA Hons Czech & Archaeology, University of Glasgow and an MBA, Strathclyde Business School), Irena is bilingual English/Czech, speaks French and German, plus basic Hungarian.

She is an active Member of the British, US and Canadian Chambers of Commerce in the Czech Republic; Board Chair of Junior Achievement CR (Young Enterprise); Supervisory Board Member of ‘’ (Czech NGO); and Past President Rotary Club Prague International.

Telephone: +420 602 200 882

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