RED Executive


RED Executive is the Executive Search division of RED SAP Solutions, recognised as the market leader in connecting the world’s top SAP and digital talent with organisations globally.

RED Executive supports organisations to navigate the unique challenges of the global technology markets, delivering experienced senior leadership and executive professionals who are accomplished in implementing and managing the complexities of SAP and digital environments. From Director and C-suite through to Chairman and Non-Executives, these leaders are proficient in their understanding of the SAP and digital eco-systems across multiple sectors and are highly skilled in delivering programmes as well as running entire IT environments.

Why RED Executive?

Over the last 18 years, RED has developed lasting relationships with SAP and digital specialists across Europe, resulting in an established and extensive network of more than 200,000 SAP professionals and 20,000 leaders. Our reputation is built on successfully supporting clients in Europe to attract, source and recruit leadership talent through our consistent approach, which focuses on:

  • leveraging our extensive network of skills and diversity
  • discretion
  • quality of service
  • highly confidential and proactive search

Our aim

Primary challenges cited by organisations when hiring C-suite professionals are time constraints, lack of internal prospects, the balance of experience and skills and planning for succession. We understand these challenges and recognise that Executive recruitment is rigorous, time-consuming and requires discretion and trust. Our role is to mitigate these challenges efficiently by connecting organisations with leadership talent that adds value and maximises return on investment.

What you get with RED Executive

Operating from principal business centres in Europe, including the United Kingdom, RED Executive delivers professional executive recruitment services including executive assessment, talent management strategies, leadership development and succession planning. We deliver first-class talent solutions in a timely manner to our clients who range from start-ups and SMEs to private equity and blue-chip multinationals across Europe.

RED Executive’s customer understanding has developed organically throughout our long-standing focus on SAP and our global SAP experience. This experience and our significant market understanding and insights defines the approach we take to achieve the best outcome.

Customer first
To ensure our customers get the highest level of quality and service from RED Executive, our dedicated Executive team work on a limited number of assignments at any one time. Taking on only what we can handle enables us to maintain our quality assurance.

Global network
We benefit from being able to draw on an international network of candidates and expert recruiters, with access to an international pool of executive talent.

Extensive sourcing tools
We work in partnership with our RED Executive customers to design a sourcing solution consisting of; digital advertising campaigns, direct contact with dormant, passive and active candidates, leveraging our international network and extending our reach across social media channels.

The size of our RED Executive team as well as the wider RED Group enables us to quickly and responsively adapt our approach to deliver a tailored solution for attracting talent for each assignment – reflective of the unique nature of each hiring requirement.

How we work 

Recruiting skilled leaders who flourish in a demanding environment and who will positively impact the success of an organisation is what we do. We believe that the successful delivery of a search and selection assignment hinges on good account management techniques, primary of which is communication.​​​

Communication & partnership
We take the responsibility of acting and speaking on your behalf and promoting your reputation seriously because we understand that when we represent you, we speak with your voice and represent you to the outside world.

Engagement & transparency
We find that strong communication directly correlates to the quality of a search. By establishing relationships with the hiring organisations’ key personnel, treating candidates with respect and involving the hiring manager in our wider networking activities, we ensure completetransparency at every level.

Assess, source & recommend
Our understanding of potential candidates’ career aspirations allows us to frame the role in the context of their ambitions, building a list of credible candidates to recommend. Our individual engagement with our network of candidates results in stronger shortlists and reduces the likelihood of candidates withdrawing.

Measure & monitor
We maintain contact with both the hiring organisation and the new executive employee to establish long-term professional relationships, providing regular feedback and progress reports throughout the recruitment process. The offer stage doesn’t end our involvement and we continue to engage with the candidate throughout onboarding and beyond.​

Your Team

RED Executive is led by Andy Duke, a highly experienced talent professional with an in-depth knowledge of the SAP and digital recruitment industry across Europe. RED Executive’s team experience spans 25 years.

Andy Duke
Managing Director, RED Executive

Having developed significant SAP and technology insight and a wealth of connections across Europe, Andy has played a pivotal role in RED’s development since joining in 2001. Born and raised in England, Andy’s pedigree as a highly experienced SAP talent professional across Europe started after graduating from the University of Nottingham and retiring from professional rugby. Driving the expansion of RED’s European business, Andy opened RED’s first international office in Cologne in 2004. Subsequent growth resulted in Andy establishing offices in Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich over the following years. Appointed Managing Director of Europe in 2014, Andy continued to expand RED’s reputation as the trusted SAP recruiter, leading a team of 60, across four offices, with a budget of over £6m. Now Managing Director of RED Executive, the senior appointments division of the RED Group, Andy relocated back to the UK in 2016. Andy now lives in Winchester with his wife and three children, is a keen cyclist and proudly coaches Winchester Minis rugby team.

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Leonie (Illing) Johnson
Managing Consultant, RED Executive

Prior to joining RED Executive, Leonie worked within RED’s permanent business, where she earned a
reputation for her methodical, detailed and personal approach to consulting based on her track record
of recruiting senior and managing roles to entire teams. Born and raised in Munich, Leonie studied French and History at Royal Holloway University of London, and later undertook a post-graduate Master’s Program in Management at the University College London. Returning to Munich in 2012, Leonie joined international law firm, Bird&Bird before embarking on her career with RED in 2014. Leonie continues to live in Munich with her husband and is a big fan of travel and keeping fit.

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Yvonne Michaelova
Account Manager, RED Executive

Prior to joining the RED Executive team, Yvonne worked with RED’s permanent division where she demonstrated a consistent track-record placing SAP talent across Europe, UK and Asia across different markets. Yvonne started her career working as a Delivery Consultant, quickly working her way up to a Team Lead and then Account Manager. Whilst manging a successful team of 4 Delivery Consultants, Yvonne earned the reputation of a committed, professional and positive consultant who is always ready to go the extra mile to deliver the best results for her candidates and clients. Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, she started her international journey in Newcastle, UK, where she graduated with a First-class degree in Marketing and Management. Yvonne then attended the internationally renowned ESSEC Business School in France, where she developed her business acumen. After graduation, Yvonne moved to London where she worked for a search firm for a short period of time, before starting her career with RED in 2014. In her free time, she has a passion for yoga, art and travel.

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