Simon-Kucher names Claudia Mueller its new global HR leader

01 October 2021 2 min. read
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Global consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners has appointed a new Chief Human Resource Officer: Claudia Mueller.

Claudia Mueller takes on the role from Stephan Butscher, who led Simon-Kucher company-wide HR function for more than a decade and now moves on to another senior role within the consultancy. “I am delighted that we have been able to attract an experienced HR expert like Claudia for this position,” said Andreas von der Gathen, CEO of Simon-Kucher. 

Mueller brings more than three decades of experience in human resources to the fir,, both in the professional services environment and in the industrial sector. This includes stints at major real estate firms Cushman & Wakefield (Head of HR for Continental Europe) and Savills (Head of HR for Germany), law firm Allen & Overy (Head of HR for Germany) and Big Four giant EY (HR Director).

Claudia Mueller, Chief Human Resource Officer, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Earlier in her career, she spent over a decade at Arthur Andersen, climbing the ranks in its human resources function. 

Frankfurt-based Mueller (Simon-Kucher & Partners is headquartered in Germany) also brings with her the expertise of more than ten years as a systemic coach and is very familiar with current topics such as agile leadership and cultural change. 

Now at the helm of Simon-Kucher’s HR function, Mueller has been tasked with leading the firm’s people agenda, which includes aspects such as the development of consultants, compensation & benefits, HR operations and talent management. She also oversees the firm’s recruitment machine, which is set for a major ramp-up in the coming years. 

Von der Gathen: “Our plan is to scale Simon-Kucher to twice its size in the next five years. In her function as CHRO, Claudia will play a key role in this process. She brings the right experience to further professionalize, drive and expand our global HR processes.”

Following a decade of strong growth, Simon-Kucher has ballooned from a revenue of around €105 million in 2020 to €362 million last year. By 2025, the firm aims to break through the barrier of €500 million in revenues.

Mueller on her new challenge: “Simon-Kucher has an impressive and, above all, authentic history of success and growth. I am particularly looking forward to contributing my experience during a period of so much expansion. Together with my international team, we will ensure that we strengthen our global employer branding in order to achieve our recruiting goals, as well as align and optimize our processes internally to support our global talent base.”