Philippe Tirault

Managing Partner, Korea

Philippe serves as a Managing Partner in the firm’s Seoul office. He is a member of the Industrial Practice Group.

Philippe Tirault

+82 2 6322 5701


Philippe has more than 30 years of experience in executive search and specializes in senior-level search assignments for foreign and APAC clients. Prior to joining DHR, he was based in Seoul as a Senior Client Partner and Head of the Automotive Practice, Asia for a leading global executive search firm. Before that, he served as Managing Partner for another major international executive search firm, running their operations in Korea for several years.

Philippe started his career in executive search by founding the first executive search firm in Korea in 1987. He successfully grew the company into a major player in the executive search space in Asia, expanding to seven offices across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand by 1997. The company was later sold to a major global executive search firm in 2000. Before his career in executive search, he worked for a major French bank as a member of the strategic planning team in their corporate headquarters in Paris. He was later transferred to the bank’s Seoul branch to promote new business ventures between Korean and French companies.

Philippe holds a degree in civil engineering from ESTP (École Spéciale des Travaux Publics), a major French engineering school. He is also a graduate of ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales), one of Europe’s leading business schools.


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