Laurent Derote has always worked within the real estate and construction worlds. After graduating from ESC Nantes-Audencia, he held various positions working for the three major players of the French private housing sector (Phenix, Bouygues and Bruno Petit). In 1987 he joined Daniel Porte Consultants – a recruitment consulting firm which successively became TMP Worldwide, Hudson Global Resources and Morgan Philips Hudson after a number of takeovers and spin-offs – where he established and led the Real Estate & Construction department for 25 years.
In 2013, Laurent Derote launched his own firm “Laurent Derote Consultants Executive Search”. In 2015, the company became DVA Executive Search, following a partnership structure. Since then he has been leading the company along with Sophie Vatté-Refes.
Laurent Derote and his team have helped their clients to succeed over many years in all types of market conditions, they became the leader in recruitment of executives and senior managers within the real estate and construction industries.
Graduated in law and literature, Sophie Vatté-Refes started her carrier in communication and event management as a recruitment manager. In 1990 she joined the Real Estate & Construction division at Daniel Porte Consultants, an Executive Search firm which was later acquired by TMP Worldwide before becoming Hudson Global Resources. In 1995 she became Director of the Commercial and Retail Real Estate Practice and took the lead of the Real Estate & Construction division in 2014.
In 2015 she joined DVA Executive Search as a partner and is leading the company along with Laurent Derote. Sophie is bilingual French-Spanish and has a passion for those two cultures.
Marie-Laure is self-employed and founded Nord Caraïbes RH in 2014, partnering up with HR consulting firms. She works in the French overseas departments and territories on HR consulting, personal development, recruitment and training missions. She is a partner of DVA Executive Search.
Head of Finance & Administration
After studying business management and administration, Matthieu Fradon began his professional career in 2000 within the Massoni Group, Distributor and Repairer of Mercedes Trucks and LCVs, as a Management Assistant based in his native region, Dordogne. In 2010, he discovered recruitment and headhunting by joining Hudson Global Resources in Paris to assist the Business Unit directors and Consultants of various teams: first RPO, then Finance, IT, Legal and finally Real Estate & Construction.
In 2014, Laurent Derote Consultants, which became DVA Executive Search a year later, hired him as Office Manager to support the young firm in its launch, development and management. In 2018, Matthieu was appointed Administrative & Financial Manager, providing an essential support to the Partners and the team as a whole in the areas of financial and administrative management, customer and supplier accounting, communication, service provider management and human resources.
Literary trained, trilingual, Laetitia Lettier holds a degree in Spanish. In addition to her linguistic studies she worked at Grand Optical, trained in optics and occupied a number of roles within the organization after graduation: first Madrid, then Paris as Head of the luxury department at the Opera store and finally Deputy Director of multiple stores.
After 15 years in commerce, Laetitia wished to capitalize on her people management skills and in-depth knowledge of Retail. She turned to recruitment, applied to DVA Executive Search in 2015 to join a company on a human scale, a set of important values which echo particularly well with hers.
Today, Laetitia is Office Manager. A true “Swiss Army Knife”, she works closely with all members of the team. Development and commercial management, administrative management, organization, communication and international recruitment missions punctuate her days. Serving clients, candidates and the team is at the heart of her concerns.
After studying the piano and classical music at the Conservatoire and the ENMP, Cécile took a business course and decided to explore the corporate world. She worked 6 years as a receptionist mostly for BNP Paribas, before retraining and obtaining a BTS Manager Assistant. She joined DVA Executive Search in February 2018 as an assistant, providing a very strong support to the whole team. She “orchestrates” logistics, welcomes professionals, candidates, clients and prospects, prepares application files including tests, arranges registrations and participations to conferences and events for our consultants.
Head of Talent Development
Alexandra Apostolescu a rejoint DVA en tant que directrice du département Talent Development. Elle a pour mission de créer et de faire grandir cette activité pour des entreprises de tout secteur d’activité dont l’immobilier.
Psychologue du travail et coach certifiée, avec une spécialisation en approche neurocognitive, elle dispose d’une expérience professionnelle de plus de 25 ans dans les ressources humaines. Après 10 ans chez Paribas, elle intègre le conseil : consultante senior, puis responsable de la pratice Assessment-Development center de Hudson, elle devient directrice de pôle Talent Management chez Haxio, filiale du groupe Alixio.
Si le domaine du management des talents englobe des pratiques et des expertises variées, Alexandra et ses équipes vous accompagnent pour créer et fertiliser la performance durable de tous vos Talents grâce à des approches, innovantes et stimulantes, ancrées dans la réalité professionnelle de ceux qui en bénéficient