Partners and co-founders, Emmanuel Hemmerle and Zhao Hui head a growing team of researchers and associate consultants. Yet, part of the firm’s philosophy is not to grow too big, or too quickly, so that clients and candidates get the personalized service that they deserve.


Traditional search firms…

While working in large, multi-national firms, Emmanuel and Zhao Hui repeatedly heard clients and candidates voicing a common concern, that executive search is very often transactional, impersonal, bureaucratic, and volume-driven. In this system, candidates are just a commodity to be traded. Furthermore, they observed that many in the executive search industry believe that their development model can emulate that of audit or strategy consulting.

At Emmanuel Hemmerle, people matter

Executive search’s core essence is diametrically opposed to other consulting models. It is not about a set of easily-replicable scalable matrixes, or about systems and methodologies that supersede the consultant. The fundamental human dimension of executive search is in truth antithetical to standardization, transactional process, and excess scalability. Simply put, people matter.

A different approach

Emmanuel, a firm believer in the human side of the business, gradually developed his own consulting approach, vastly removed from the usual practice. In May 2014, driven by an increasing passion to shape and build a very different type of executive search consulting, he decided to go independent in order to be able to fully and freely express his vision, a vision passionately shared by his partner Zhao Hui. In just a few months, the firm is already hailed as one of the most prestigious leadership consulting firms in China. It is also the first and only Chinese firm at the Executive Talent Search level in China.  

Uncompromising commitment to our values

One of the key reasons for this success is that, besides a strong work ethic and consummate dedication to their craft, Emmanuel and Zhao Hui do not compromise their beliefs for profit or growth. Part of the firm’s philosophy is to be extremely selective in the choice of clients, collaborating with those who have the same values and long-term vision. 


Emmanuel has spent the last sixteen years living and working in China. 

Prior to launching his own firm, he was a Senior Client Partner and Head of Global Consumer Market for Korn/Ferry International, in China. He was also a member of the Firm’s Board & CEO Services Practice, assisting clients in areas such as Board Director and CEO searches, CEO succession planning, and executive assessments. Before joining Korn/Ferry, Emmanuel was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles where he specialized in Consumer and Industrial Practices in service industry segments such as retail, fashion, luxury goods, hospitality, as well as, automotive, equipment and process industries.

Previous to executive search, Emmanuel was a retail pharmacy business director at Zuellig Pharma China. Before that, he started his career with Michelin where he spent a number of years, first in sales, later in marketing, and eventually in general management as Chief Representative and Managing Director of the Chile & Bolivia business unit.

Emmanuel holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from Sciences-Po in Paris, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a diploma in Chinese language and civilization from Peking University. He speaks fluent Mandarin, English, and French, in addition to his mother tongue, Spanish.



Prior to co-founding Emmanuel Hemmerle Ltd., Zhao Hui spent 10 years in Human Resources leadership positions in China with two successful multinational companies: the automotive components manufacturer Valéo, where she was China HR Manager for one of the company's divisions, and the leading global sporting goods retailer Décathlon, where she helped build the business from inception in China, as APAC Talent Acquisition Director first, and then as China HR Director.

Zhao Hui's experience includes the non-profit sector after her work with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the international medical humanitarian organization. She started her career with Swiss chemicals multinational Ciba as Environment, Health and Safety Supervisor.

Zhao Hui holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Beijing Union University and earned her MBA from ESSEC Business School in France. A Chinese national, Zhao Hui speaks English and French in addition to her native Mandarin.