Stela is a results-focused professional with extensive expertise in assessing and recruiting exceptional leaders, 20 years in executive search and HR.
Her international track record of 20 years in executive search and HR demonstrates her ability to connect high-performing individuals and build enduring partnerships. Additional background in coaching gives her insight into candidates’ potential to make an impact.
Stela Ouzounova has 20 years’ experience in executive search and recruitment, human resources, leadership assessment and development
International/cross-border executive search and leadership assessment in pharmaceuticals, energy, finance & banking, technology and she also develops and executes talent acquisition strategies in collaboration with Managing Partners.
Published numerous articles, papers, and research reports and gave TV and radio interviews on topics related to HR, leadership, Bulgarian labor market, and business environment; main editor and co-author of the book Wise Leaders Today
Fluent in Bulgarian and English, with good command of Russian and basic German
Freelance Researcher/Consultant with Boyden Bulgaria
Leadership and business development roles with Equinox Partners coaching and development and Orfea Sonicentre
Partner and Executive Director with a global executive search firm, then-biggest in Bulgarian market; promoted from Head of Client Services, Bulgaria and Macedonia and Consultant/Senior Consultant; established new office in Macedonia and developed local team
Earlier experience as a foreign language trainer
Global Industry Practices
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Banking & Capital Markets
Education & Certifications
MBA from the University of Lincoln, UK
MA in English & American Studies from the University of Sofia
English & American Studies at the University of Leeds, UK
Thomas International Management System behavioural analyst
CEB-SHL Assessment Consultant
Certified Practitioner of Suggestopedia in English language teaching
Affiliations & Awards
Member, Bulgarian Human Resources Management Association
Fellow, US-German Marshall Fund (GMF) Fellowship Programme