Hello, I am Ute Barnickel, founder of Barnickel & Fellows.
After graduating from high school, I pursued a business administration degree in hotel management. I worked in sales and marketing and later joined an international advertising agency. In 1995, I took over administrative management of a data marketing agency in Frankfurt, followed by a move to the German subsidiary of an American software company. In the course of my activities, I commuted between London and Frankfurt and was responsible for the coordination of business processes within Europe. I next moved to the Frankfurt branch of an international law firm advising corporations, financial institutions and governments. In my role as head of administration, I also conducted recruitment for back-office positions.
After relocating to Switzerland in 2002, I worked for a global executive search firm in Zurich for several years before joining a well-established HR consulting company. I was in charge of the executive assistant segment, focusing exclusively on assignments for assistants to Chief Executive Officers, Executive Managers and Board Members. I also conducted numerous searches for Family Offices and Foundations.
From working at Dr. Bjorn Johansson Executive Search Boutique in Zurich to opening my practice, I have been fortunate to work with diverse clients, candidates and fellows. From the very start, I was genuinely intrigued by the field of assistant recruitment, and I learned the business from the bottom up while promoting my own unique style and pitch.
I am a regular contributor and blogger to the Swiss magazine Miss Moneypenny and the author of articles published in expert journals. Staying ahead of frequents changes in the field of executive assistance is my sixth sense. With sincerity, I can say that I bring an exceptional level of enthusiasm, dedication and a nuanced perspective that makes BARNICKEL & FELLOWS a holistic solution for our clients.
Activities & Memberships
Swiss Business Women, Verband Wirtschaftsfrauen Schweiz
WomenWay Business Netzwerk und Mentoring Plattform für Geschäftsfrauen
ZGP - Zürcher Gesellschaft für Personalmanagement
Beiratsmitglied Miss Moneypenny
IMA - International Management Assistants
Know-how Transfer Human Resources Management
Young Female Entrepreneurs & Executives
Published numerous experts articles (Executive Assistants)
BARNICKEL & FELLOWS is a boutique search firm for executive assistants that provides advice to some of the most successful Top 100 companies, Family Offices and Foundations.