Partners in people

We have the knowledge, discipline and experience of working for large, well-respected companies yet share the enthusiasm, flexibility and attitude to risk of many of our ambitious clients.

Before Excelion we not only worked at leading consulting firms but we had other careers, in general management roles, in many of our clients' industries. So, when it comes to resolving business challenges, we bring insight and experience as entrepreneurs and business leaders as well as consultants.

We’re a privately-owned partnership and operate as a seamless mobile team working out of offices in London, Moscow, New York and Vienna. Each of us has lived, studied and worked in multiple countries and we all speak several languages fluently.

Yevgeny Merkel Senior Partner

Yevgeny is a Founding Partner of Excelion Partners International and works for clients across the industrial, technology, consumer, life sciences and private equity sectors.

Previous experience

He has fifteen years of experience in executive search, management assessment and strategy consulting, first with McKinsey & Company in Vienna and later at Egon Zehnder International in Moscow, Vienna and London.

In addition to his work at Excelion, Yevgeny also serves on the Board of Directors of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vitesse Arnhem, an Eredivisie Football Club in the Netherlands. Throughout his professional career, he has been involved in various start-up projects across Europe in the role of co-founder, advisor or as part of the management team. In his early career in the 1990’s, Yevgeny worked as a General Manager of a German construction company in Russia.

Education and languages

Yevgeny received a BA in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and an MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and the University of South Carolina. He also studied Corporate Finance, Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at London Business School.


Daniel Hall Partner

Dan is a Founding Partner and specialises in executive search and management assessment across the industrial, consumer and life sciences sectors. 

Previous experience

He brings more than a decade of international executive search and management assessment experience, first with the AESC in New York and Brussels and later at Neumann International in Vienna and London.

Previously Dan served as European Sales and Marketing Director of an industrial and trading group where he worked from Hamburg.

Education and languages

Dan received a BA in Political Science and German Literature from the University of Vermont and an MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and the University of South Carolina, where he studied as a Darla Moore fellow. Dan is a dual US and British national and speaks fluent English and German. 

Vasily Safronov Senior Consultant

Vasily is a Senior Consultant who specialises in organisation design, management assessment and executive search across the industrial, consumer and life sciences sectors.

Previous experience

He has more than ten years' experience in human resources management within Servier, a leading international pharmaceutical group, as an HR Manager at the representative office and later as the HR Director at the manufacturing plant in Russia. 

Education and languages

Vasily received a PhD in industrial biotechnology from the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology in Moscow, an MA in Human Resources Management from Lomonosov Moscow State University and an MBA in International Human Resources Management from London Campus of Coventry University. He is fluent in Russian and English.

Evgeny Rarov Senior Consultant

Evgeny specialises in business and organisation strategy, as well as management assessment across the industrial, consumer and technology sectors.

Previous experience

Evgeny has accumulated over 20 years of sales, marketing and people management experience from Brand Manager to VP level in FMCG, services and industrial products, possessing a unique combination of both B2C and B2B expertise from the world renowned multinationals like Unilever, Novartis, DuPont and FleetCor, as well as major Russian technology start-up.

Education and languages

Evgeny received a bi-lingual MBA from IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona and an MA in International Political Economy from the Central European University in Budapest. Before that, he received a BA in World Economics from Moscow State University of Commerce and a BS in Engineering and Management from Moscow Steel and Alloys Institute. He also studied Business Administration at the Canterbury Business School, UK.

Natalie Sauber Consultant

Natalie is a Consultant at Excelion Partners International and specialises in organisation design, management assessment and executive search across the automotive, industrial, consumer and life sciences sectors.

Previous experience

Prior to Excelion, Natalie was a consultant with Frost & Sullivan, a leading consulting and market research firm. With a strong focus on market research, competitive intelligence and strategy development, Natalie enjoys building and developing client relationships, creating opportunities for clients and candidates, and project management through to final implementation.

Education and languages

Natalie received an MSc in Business Analysis and Strategic Management from Manchester Business School as well as a Masters in International Management from Heriot-Watt University. She has lived and been educated in the UK, Germany, USA, and Australia and is fluent in English and German.


Zoe Grant Associate

Zoe is an Associate at Excelion Partners International and supports the team with project and process efficiency for organisation design, management assessment and executive search services, as well as initiatives to enhance the firm’s capabilities.

Previous experience

After spending almost three years of her career with Excelion between 2012 and 2014, Zoe went on collecting various HR related experience. Firstly, with a biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences in HR Operations EMEA and then with a consultancy called Talent Intelligence where she was contracted to a Global Top 5 FMCG Company as a Recruiter in the Africa and Levant region.

Education and languages

Zoe received a Masters by Research in Russian from the University of Leeds as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Russian. She spent one year living in Moscow as part of her undergraduate studies and is fluent in English and Russian.

Sandy Eracleous Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Sandy is an Executive Assistant and Office Manager at Excelion Partners International and supports various teams in managing their projects across multiple industries.

Previous experience

Prior to Excelion, Sandy was an Office and Accounts Manager at TGM Consulting, a recruitment firm in the construction industry. She also gained experience as a Marketing Administrator and Accounts Officer in a recruitment company and a bank in the UK and Cyprus.

Education and languages

Sandy received a Master’s degree in Management from the Cyprus International Institute of Management as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and International Business from New Jersey City University. Sandy is a dual US and Cypriot national and speaks fluent English and Greek.

Ian Ferguson Associated Consultant

Ian is an Associated Consultant at Excelion Partners International. He brings over twenty-five years of Aerospace experience to the team.

Previous experience

Ian’s initial engineer training was on the Harrier programme, latterly as a System Safety Engineer. A transfer to British Aerospace HQ saw him explore marketing and sales opportunities in the CIS/Russia region with the founding of Air Astana and BAE’s efforts to sell NATO upgrades for Mi-series helicopters. At AeroStrategy (later ICF) Ian led consulting projects across the gamut of aerospace/operations commercial strategy, working for OEMs, Tier1/2 system suppliers and airlines/operators.

Education and languages

Ian graduated from Kingston University, UK, with a First Class degree in Aerospace Engineering. He also holds an MSc in Industrial Sales & Marketing from Loughborough University, is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He speaks English, Russian and basic French.

Kate Petrasch Associated Consultant

Kate is an Associated Consultant at Excelion Partners International. Her specialist area is organisational design, transformational change and leadership development. She most frequently works with international companies on change topics as well as supporting individual leaders to unleash their full potential.

Previous experience

Previously, Kate worked as a Project Manager and Organization Expert at McKinsey where she focused on operations and supported major transformations in chemicals, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and financial industries. She also specialised in Centred Leadership, a leadership development program initially targeted for women. In her early career, Kate worked as psychologist for the Austrian army and gained start-up and turnaround experience in the toys and wholesale industry in China.

Education and languages

Kate received a Master of Science in Psychology from University of Vienna and an MBA from INSEAD. Today she teaches various organisational topics at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna.

Alla Dynko Associated Consultant

Alla is an Associated Consultant. 

Previous experience

She has more than five years' research experience in executive search and private wealth management. Before joining Excelion Alla was a Research Analyst at Renaissance Capital and a Research Assistant at another international executive search firm. 

Education and languages

She has a BA degree in Linguistics from Moscow State Open University and is currently working towards an MA in International Business at the State University - Higher School of Economics and Tuffts University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Alla speaks fluent Russian and English and is studying French and German.

Allan Reeves Financial Director

Allan oversees the finance function at Excelion Partners. Over the past 20 years, Allan has been the founder and CEO of a number of successful accountancy and professional services businesses catering to the media and sports sectors, including Accounts Bureau, Eight Group and Player Support Services. Allan has specialist knowledge of the Fine Art world and advises several globally recognised businesses in this sector. In sport, Allan has helped to develop cutting edge answers to the problems of image rights and off-field income structures both in the UK and overseas.

He also works closely, as an advisor, with a number of the leading agencies and organisations in the sports sector.