Our Leaders

Meet our leaders and client team supported by 18 consultants around the world


Barbara Beck

New York
Her distinguished career spans over two decades. She served as a Partner at Equinox, completing numerous real estate searches. Prior to that, she spent eight years as a Principal at Rhodes Associates, a renowned retained executive search firm in real estate. She also held key roles in the financial sector, contributing to talent management initiatives at Mutual of New York and Bankers Trust Company. Barbara's educational background includes a BA from Hood College, an MA in Educational Psychology from Northwestern University, and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.

Telephone: +1 212-660-7455
Mail: bbeck@zavalacivitas.com

Juliana Camargo

Sao Pablo
Juliana Camargo is a seasoned professional with over 13 years of expertise in executive search and talent acquisition. Her extensive knowledge encompasses executive recruitment, project management, business development, client relations, and leadership. With prior roles including Principal at NGS Global, Associate Principal, Research Associate at Korn Ferry, and Independent Consultant, Juliana’s expertise shines through each phase. Juliana’s educational journey is marked by dedication and excellence, graduating from the University of Ribeirão Preto with a degree in Psychology. Fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Telephone: +55 16 98842-2318
Mail: jc@zavalacivitas.com

Aura Gomez

Los Angeles
Aura Gomez is a seasoned professional with a remarkable trajectory in the field of executive search and talent acquisition. Her expertise is deeply rooted in her academic foundation, including a Master’s Degree in People Management for Organizations from the University of Navarra and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Universidad de Los Andes. Aura further fortified her skill set through a Project Management program at CEF Centro de Estudios Financieros. With a holistic approach encompassing executive search, talent acquisition, and Human Resources, Aura’s contributions resonate across a range of professional contexts.

Telephone: +1 626 61 69 30 1
Mail: ag@zavalacivitas.com

Joey H. Suarez

José Carlos (Joey) Hassan Suarez launched the firm’s Canadian operations and office from Toronto. Mr. Hassan Suarez brings a truly global background with experience in the Americas, Europe and Asia. His career has been focused mainly on the Executive Search and Private Banking industries. He co-founded travel company Mondevia and worked for BNP Paribas and JP Morgan. He graduated with a double master's degree in business administration and law from University San Pablo CEU. He speaks fluent Spanish, English and French.

Telephone: +1 647 564 9028
Mail: jc.hassansuarez@zavalacivitas.com

Marsha Pearcy

Washington DC
Marsha is based in Washington, D.C. She specializes in executive-level commercial real estate searches, placing key executives in public and private real estate and construction companies. She helped found Equinox Search, a boutique search firm, after working with Russell Reynolds Associates, where she co-managed the firm's global real estate industry practice. Marsha co-founded Russell Reynolds Associates Mexico City Office, its first in Latin America. She is fluent in Spanish, and grew up internationally living in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Telephone: +1 202 296 7900
Mail: marsha.pearcy@zavalacivitas.com

Lorenzo Zavala

Mexico City
Mr. Zavala brings over 30 years of executive search and leadership consulting experience advising multinational corporations aiming to expand operations into other countries and business sectors. Mr. Zavala is the founder of Zavala Civitas. Previously to that, he was a partner at Russell Reynolds, where he led as Managing Director and launched the Mexico, Argentina and Brazil offices. Over the past five years, Mr. Zavala has regularly lectured on the topics of leadership, influence and power at ESADE Business School in Madrid and Barcelona and IUE in Florence. He is is fluent in Spanish, English, German and Portuguese.

Telephone: +34 637 59 04 74
Mail: lz@zavalacivitas.com


Barry Kirkwood

China Director
Barry Kirkwood, Zavala Civitas' China Director, has 15 years of leadership experience and a decade dedicated to China's market. His roles prior to Zavala include General Manager at Gemini Personnel, Shanghai, and key positions within the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and Guangdong. Barry holds a BA (Hons) from Loughborough University and an ICF Certified Coach, blending strategic insight and international business acumen.

WeChat: Barrymk81
Mail: barry.kirkwood@zavalacivitas.com

Flora Shi

Research Director APAC
Flora is a seasoned HR professional with a strong focus on executive search in Shanghai, China. With expertise in finance, fintech, and legal sectors, she has excelled in roles such as the Executive Recruitment Partner since February 2017. Flora's strategic initiatives have significantly improved recruitment processes, reducing time cycles, costs, and attrition rates across various Asian markets. Her comprehensive experience also includes successful stints at American Express by Allegis Group and Morgan McKinley, where she was recognized for her exceptional ability to secure and manage high-profile financial clients.

WeChat: FsFenfe
Mail: flora.shi@zavalacivitas.com


Fernando Zavala

Mr. Zavala brings a global background of experience with +11 years of experience in the Americas, 12 years in Europe and 7 years in the Asia Pacific region. His career has been focused mainly on the HR industry. He launched the Zavala Civitas Executive Search’s office in both Shanghai and Barcelona. Before that, he founded IntuuChina, an award-winning placement agency in China. Graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand he earned a full scholarship to Georgetown University for postgraduate studies.The Choiseul Institute recognized him as a high-potential young leader in Spain, and Nova Talent named him a top 10 Management Consultant in the country. He speaks fluent Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Telephone: +34 659 56 60 62
Mail: fz@zavalacivitas.com

Pedro Gasset

Pedro Gasset has a decade of expertise in business development and sales strategy to the forefront. Pedro’s dedication is focused on placing executive-level professionals. His strengths encompass C-level partnership management, adept consultative selling, navigating complex deal negotiations, and orchestrating comprehensive sales strategies and operations. Backed by proficiency in data and analytics and people management. He has held significant roles, including Senior Associate Director of Business Development at IE Business School, and Principal in Tech & Digital at Robert Walters.

Telephone: +34 610 60 32 33
Mail: pedro.gasset@zavalacivitas.com

Sergio Bunin

A Property & Casualty (P&C) Insurance and Reinsurance executive with a clear exposure to Latin America and Mexico; a truly multicultural executive that understands local business traditions while representing stakeholders and protecting their interests. Known for successful turn-around and acquisitions of insurance companies and bancassurance deals in the Region. Conducted successful mergers of companies in Chile and Mexico. Innovation and constant product improvement helped achieve growth and dividends. He is fluent in Spanish, English, German and Portuguese.

Telephone: +351 914 595 840
Mail: sergio.bunin@zavalacivitas.com

Ivan Rodriguez

Ivan Rodríguez brings to the table an international background of expertise in both HR and Psychology, boasting over four years of specialization in talent acquisition, with a particular focus on Executive Search. His comprehensive experience extends to spearheading executive search projects on a global scale, while concurrently leading the Research team across diverse regions, including Spain, Canada, LATAM (Brazil & Mexico), and China. His bilingual fluency in Spanish and English further bolsters his ability to navigate varied contexts.

Telephone: +34 650 58 29 35
Mail: ir@zavalacivitas.com

Leonor Pablos

Senior Advisor
Leonor has been the HR Director of three of Ferrovial's most global business areas (Services, Construction and Toll Roads). In recent years, Ferrovial has undergone a major transformation of its business model and a major internationalization of its activities. With dual Mexican and Spanish nationality, Leonor has worked in a special way in the important expansion of the company in North America. Before her time at Ferrovial, Leonor worked as HR Director in various sectors, with the most notable being Technology (Bull), Television and Media (Televisa), and Banking (HSBC Bank).

Telephone: +34 629 1869 48
Mail: leonor.pablos@zavalacivitas.com