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Find out more about the history of the hkp/// group

 

  • 2010Open or Close

    December 19th, 2010
    Internal kick-off meeting to mark the launch of the firm with the core hkp/// team from Germany and Switzerland in Hotel Züriberg in Zurich. hkp/// values "performance – passion – partnership" approved as part of the Züriberg Manifesto.
    » Our Vision

  • 2011Open or Close

    January 1st, 2011
    The new firm begins operating in Frankfurt am Main and Zurich with its founding partners Michael H. Kramarsch, Dr. Stephan Hostettler, Joachim Kayser, Dr. Harriet Sebald, Dr. Axel May and Dirk Filbert, plus around 20 other members of staff.
    » Press release (German language)

    January 2011
    From the outset hkp/// is led by an eminent external Supervisory Board headed by Professor Thomas Gutzwiller.
    » Supervisory Board

    February 2011
    Official opening of the twenty-strong Frankfurt office at Grüneburgweg 16-18 during the hkp/// Germany New Year's reception. More than 60 friends and business partners attend.
    » Looking back (German language)

    March 2011
    Leading experts on compensation consulting in Germany found the Association of Independent Compensation Consultants (VUVB), which henceforth becomes a quality seal for the entire industry. Initiator and hkp/// Managing Partner Michael H. Kramarsch is elected Chairman of the VUVB alongside Dr. Alexander von Preen.
    » VUVB Website

    May 2011
    Strategic alliance with Pay Governance, a leading consulting firm specializing in executive compensation, with 20 offices in the United States, Korea and Japan.
    » Alliances

    August 2011
    Takeover of the activities of the Geneva-based consulting firm CC&T AG, a specialist in compensation benchmarks. Founder Jean Piere Cubizolle becomes Senior Partner at hkp/// (leaves late 2012).
    » HR & Compensation Benchmarking

  • 2012Open or Close

    February 2012
    After just one year hkp/// doubles the size of its Frankfurt office, creating space for 45 staff.
    » Office Frankfurt am Main

    November 2012
    hkp/// and Human Resource Manager – the magazine of the German Federal Association of Human Resources Managers (BPM) – organize the first German Compensation Day conference. This immediately establishes itself as the main specialist conference for compensation and related topics in HR management.
    » Website

  • 2013Open or Close

    January 2013
    Takeover of RemuNet, a specialist in participant-led global compensation comparisons (chartered networks). The company's two founders Jouco Bleeker and Ernst van der Linden become Senior Partners at hkp///. hkp/// gains offices in Amsterdam and Dordrecht.
    » HR & Compensation Benchmarking

    May 2013
    Working with the Global Equity Organization GEO, hkp/// initiates the first Global Equity Insights study, one of the world's most comprehensive analyses of international market practice in stock-based compensation and employee share purchase plans. The study has since been carried out annually with support from further partners such as Siemens and SAP.
    » Global Equity Insights Survey

    October 2013
    hkp/// organizes the first HR conference focusing on the Mittelstand – medium-sized, family-run companies in Germany. The annual HR-Forum Mittelstand has since enjoyed increasing popularity with decision-makers in the HR management of such companies.
    » Looking back 2014

    November 2013
    Co-founder Dr. Stephan Hostettler leaves hkp/// group due to differences over corporate culture and the future direction of the group. The hkp/// Supervisory Board decides to split off the group's Swiss operations under his sole leadership. The Swiss market is served by Dr. Stefan Hostettler under license from hkp///.
    » Interview with Michael H. Kramarsch and Prof. Dr. Thomas Gutzwiller

    December 2013
    Strategic alliance with the Dutch HR management consulting firm Focus Orange, based in Amsterdam.
    » Interview with Michael H. Kramarsch and Camiel Selker

  • 2014Open or Close

    April 2014
    A new name! The firm changes its name to hkp/// group, underlining its broad partnership and international activities.
    » Interview with Michael H. Kramarsch and Prof. Dr. Thomas Gutzwiller

    October 2014
    Office moves: In 2014 hkp/// group moves into new, larger offices in Amsterdam, Dordrecht and Frankfurt. By late 2014 hkp/// has a headcount of around 75.
    » Office Frankfurt am Main

    October 2014
    Re-launch of the website hkp.com. The new website is fresher, more modern (mobile) and offers visitors fuller and faster access to relevant information.
    » Mobile website

    November 2014
    hkp /// group establishes the new HR Strategy & Organization division.
    » HR Strategy & Organization

  • 2015Open or Close

    February 2015
    The Recruitomat, an innovative recruiting tool developed by Analysts and Consultants at hkp/// group, is presented for the first time to the HR community. Reviews are excellent.
    » Recruitomat

    February 2015
    Official opening of the new hkp/// group office on General Guisan Quai 36 in Zurich under the leadership of Martin Pfändler (Senior Partner) and Melanie Wagner (Senior Manager) during the company's New Year's reception.
    » Büro Zürich

    April 2015
    Over 120 people – a new record – attend the 5th DEFB German Banking Experts Forum, designed and organized by hkp/// group. Founded in 2011, the annual specialist conference is now the leading industry-specific platform for decision-makers in HR management at financial service providers.
    » Looking back (German language)

  • 2016Open or Close

    May 2016
    Launch of boardpay.com – a new service of hkp/// group. As Europe's leading Board Compensation Portal, boardpay.com provides advisory quality compensation data of more than 20,000 Board Members in about 3,000 corporations in one database.
    » boardpay.com

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