WHO CAN HELP
José Ignacio Jiménez
José Ignacio Jiménez joined the firm in 2003 as a Director to lead the Professional Services, Energy and Public Sector practices. In 2004, he was promoted to Managing Director of the Search Area and in 2007 to Partner General Manager of Talengo Spain.
Jiménez began his professional career in Arthur Andersen as an Auditor and Consultant of the Energy sector. He later moved to EDS Electronic Data Systems assuming various positions in the international finance area.
He has more than 20 years’ experience in executive search specialising in positions within the Professional Services, Energy and Public sectors. He has taken part in searches for partners of different practices for prestigious Law Firms, both in growth and start-up scenarios. He is an expert in Executive Committee and Board of Director positions as well as in the assessment of M&A executives.
José Ignacio has a Degree in Business Management and Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is a member of the Círculo de Empresarios and the AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants). He is also a trustee and Vice-President of Fundación Caico, a funding and cooperation organisation for children with cancer.
Marta García-Valenzuela leads Talengo’s Diversity practice and, in recent years, she has turned the firm into a benchmark in strategic diversity management in executive search, leadership consulting and director advisory services.
She began her professional career in the selection and evaluation area of an international consulting firm, coordinating the teams in Madrid and Barcelona. In 2011, she joined Talengo to develop the diversity practice in its three key dimensions: gender, culture and generation. Since then, she has advised the senior management of major national and international corporations on the impact on the business of correct strategic diversity management. Under her management, Talengo has developed diversity management projects based on the organisational diagnostic provided by a diversity audit. She has created diversity committees, trained diversity ambassadors and development cultural transformation projects from an inclusive leadership model. Furthermore, she has accompanied executives in their international trajectories, making them aware of the different ways of doing business and of correctly adapting to the culture of the destination country in order to guarantee the success of international operations.
She is a psychology graduate from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and an expert in legal psychology from the COP. She was awarded a scholarship to study on the Female Leadership programme of the Fundación Rafael del Pino. She is certified in competency management tools, assessment centre and other evaluation tools. She holds a Certificate in Diversity Management from the Chamber of Commerce, the Diversity Foundation and the CEPAIM. She also collaborates with APD, the Chamber of Commerce and Intrama as a speaker in leadership and diverse talent topics and with the mass media specialising in economics and human resources subjects as a diversity expert. She is currently a mentor on the “Women and Engineering” programme of the Official Association of Engineers.
Rafael Sarandeses joined Talengo in 2019 as a Principal to lead the financial services practice.
With a combined 20-year multicultural track record as a professional athlete, investment banker and entrepreneur, and a passion for career development, Rafael brings a deep understanding of performance and change management to the firm.
His career began as a professional racing driver (Spanish Formula 3 Champion in 1998). In 2005 Rafael joined the world of financial services in London, first at Goldman Sachs and later at Morgan Stanley, where he was the head of foreign exchange sales for Southern Europe until the end of 2013.
In 2014, he co-founded ThirdWay Africa, a merchant banking services firm focused on impact investment opportunities with offices in London, Maputo (Mozambique) and Harare (Zimbabwe). He served as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer from inception, transitioning to an advisory role as an Affiliate Partner in 2019.
Rafael is an executive coach (Columbia Coaching Certification Program) and a certified habits coach (BJ Fogg's Behavioral Model). He is also an Associate Professor at IE Business School, where he collaborates with the IE Talent & Careers division in the development of professional and self-management skills, and as a career coach for students in their Master and MBA programs.
He holds a double master´s degree in law and business management from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE E-3). In addition to Spanish, his native language, Rafael is fluent in English, Italian and Portuguese, having worked and founded businesses in 5 countries in Europe and Africa.