Meet the partners
Ingrid Kast, non-executive Chairman of Ferreira & Associates International Executive Search.
Ingrid is a leading figure in the field of human capital and international recruitment.
Born and educated in Stuttgart Germany, Ingrid came to South Africa at the age of 23 and started her own recruitment company, DAV Professional Placement Group.
Ingrid says: “Coming to South Africa was the most wonderful experience for me, I felt as though I was fated to be here and to be a part of an industry where I could unleash the very best in people. This was my purpose then, and it still is now. This is my contribution to the Country where I have been allowed to make my life and home”.
Under Ingrid’s unique leadership and vision, DAV grew into South Africa’s foremost recruitment company, winning more awards and accolades during her time as leader, than any other company.
In 1999 Ingrid sold her company to Adcorp Holdings Limited. John Barry, Founder and former Chairman of Adcorp, in his book Leading from the Front, describes Ingrid as, “one of the most passionate and enthusiastic company heads that I have had the good fortune to meet”.
Continuing as CEO with DAV until May 2013, DAV will remain very close to Ingrid’s heart. In a moving testament to this, Richard Pike, the current Chairman of Adcorp, commended Ingrid on her leaving DAV, at the 2013 Gala Awards evening:
“The world as we know it, is subject to change. Forever shifting, forever evolving, forever forging a new path. Tonight we would like to honour an extraordinary person, who has built an extraordinary business, built around extraordinary people…for decades of excellence we salute Ingrid Kast”
Ingrid has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including:
Finalist “Business Woman of the Year”
National Business Awards July 2012
Finalist “Top Women Executive”
Top Women Awards August 2012
Finalist “Business Woman of the Year”
BOTY Award October 2010
Winner “Positive Newsmaker of the Year”
Top Women Awards August 2007
“Starting my career in the recruitment and search industry when feminism was at its peak, confirmed my belief that women in business are extremely good at maintaining a high level of client trust, which is essential to success in this field.”
In 2012 Ingrid founded Kast & Partners together with her business partner Anneke Ferreira and gave testament to Ingrid’s conviction that women can achieve great levels of success in business. After three wonderful years she has finally decided to adopt an 'almost-retired’ status, which means she will travel even more in the future than in the past.
Her long-time friend and business partner Anneke Ferreira will continue to fulfil their purpose within Ferreira & Associates International Executive Search and Ingrid will serve as non-executive Chairman in the role of mentor and coach.
Creating the perfect match over the years has been a great magnet for Ingrid to use her people skills to build strong networking relationships. It is rooted from a fascination with the way in which the right leader can unleash their employees to achieve their star potential in the modern working world.
Over the years Ingrid has seen just what is required for the kind of leadership that companies now look for. More than ever, companies are turning to the kind of leaders who through their ability to inspire the people they lead, create a winning culture that drives strategy to deliver superb results. In Ingrid’s view this alignment makes a company unstoppable.
Both Ingrid and Anneke share the same passion for executive search, which gives Ferreira & Associates its great strength of purpose today.
Ferreira & Associates' working practice is benchmarked against the best in the world and is continually refined. In her own leadership role Ingrid places strong emphasis on clear high standards, working from the heart with a deeply held set of values.
Ingrid never stops reading. She sees herself as a life long student, ever enthusiastic in professional and personal development which constantly adds to the adventure.
As a very happy mother of two daughters, one also being a proud mom of two and the other deeply committed in the humanitarian field, her family are central to her life, with whom you might well find her schussing down an Alpine slope, or scuba diving in the Maldives, or soaking up the magnificence of the African bush she so adores.