Who we are

The core team of ESDA International is constituted of two distinguished Executive Search proffesionals – thought leaders that have been instrumental in developing and shaping the Nordic market within top-level Executive Search.
Their experience is based on having accomplished hundreds of C-level and board assignments for a vast range of industries and functions.
Together they founded ESDA International in 2019.

Lars Esholdt

Cand.merc., CBS

Before starting in Executive Search Lars studied music science at Copenhagen University. Changing direction to Copenhagen Business School he completed his bachelor and master’s degrees as Cand. Merc. in legal and Strategic Planning. Starting as researcher and consultant with Christen Dalum Executive Search, he has spent the last 30 years in Norway as the youngest equity partner in ISCO Group/IIC Partners – followed by being the founder of Human Capital Group in Norway and Denmark and later on sold the Norwegian arm to Korn Ferry. He was Senior Client Partner with them and awarded for the best client satisfaction in 2006. Founder and Managing Partner of Esholdt Executive Search – a leading top ranked Executive Search firm in Norway. Author of numerous published books and articles on topics related to Executive Search.

Christen Dalum

B.Com., CBS

Christen started his career within finance and became CFO in a division in the Burmeister and Wain Group at the age of 31, followed by another CFO position in the Bella Center Group for 5 years. Christen has achieved a B.Com.Degree/HD in General Management from CBS followed by years as external examinator/censor with CBS. Then he changed career track to consulting, starting with PwC followed by founding his own entity which was integrated into J. Friisberg & Partners, a high-level Danish/Swiss Executive Search Group. Co-founder of IIC Partners. After 10 years, the Danish office was sold to Heidrick & Struggles and Christen became responsible for building up a strong Danish platform – this lasted for more than 10 years, in two periods. In between Christen was a key Partner and main shareholder in Neumann Partners International in Vienna.