Sofia office consultants

Meet the team

Darina Peneva

Managing Director
d.peneva@stantonchase.com

Darina has more than 17 years of professional experience in the recruiting and executive search industry. She has extensive experience in HR consulting, selection, competence assessment and trainings as well as in identification and development of personality and leadership potential. She joined Stanton Chase Sofia in early 2006 and during the last several years she has been actively involved in the establishment of the business in Bulgaria as well as in building up and developing the local team. Prior to Stanton Chase Darina has worked in the area of HR consulting at HILL International and Smartree Bulgaria.

Darina holds an MBA degree in General Management from New Bulgarian University, Sofia and a master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia. She is a certified PI Analyst and is accredited in Facet5 and the A&DC Methodology. She is a part-time lecturer at the MBA program in Human Resources Management of NBU, Sofia.

Industry Practice Expertise

  • Financial Services
  • Technology
  • Professional Services

Dobromir Minkov

Partner
d.minkov@stantonchase.com

Dobromir started his professional career in the energy business with Shell Gas Bulgaria, part of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, where he supervised diverse industrial projects throughout the country. Then he spent four years as а Division Manager of Oil, Gas and Chemicals Services for SGS Bulgaria, an affiliate of the Swiss-based SGS S.A., the world leader in inspection and certification. In this position, Dobromir worked on different projects in the area of business development, including laboratory outsourcing.

Towards the end of 2007, Dobromir decided to alter his career path and pursue a more people-oriented business opportunity with the executive search team of Stanton Chase Bulgaria. As a Senior Consultant with the firm, Dobromir constantly meets the challenges associated with identifying the proper candidates for senior positions within Bulgaria's emerging economy.

Dobromir has already successfully run projects attracting top managers and professionals as expats in Bulgaria. He took that as an opportunity to support the industrial and energy sectors in Bulgaria to reach global and EU standards of management and know-how. He also has successful placement projects for top management positions within the banking sector.

Dobromir holds a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Mining and Geology, Sofia and a Master of Business Administration degree in Financial Management from the City University of Seattle in Bulgaria. His hobbies are tourism, reading books and comics, as well as swimming and playing tennis.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Industrial
  • Natural Resources & Energy
  • Logistics and Transportation

Irina Andonova

Senior Consultant
i.andonova@stantonchase.com

Irina joined the Stanton Chase team as a Senior Consultant in the Consumer Products and Services practice group.

She began gaining experience in human resources management at “McDonald’s Bulgaria”. After that, Irina assumed expert and managerial roles in a Bulgarian production and trading company and then at the “Office 1 Superstores International” chain of stores. There she was responsible for recruitment and training, and later on for delivering a full package of HR business services nationwide.

In 2005, Irina joined Kamenitza as Learning & Development Manager, where she delivered a variety of identifying, learning and talent management projects to ensure retention in a constantly changing environment. Kamenitza was owned by the global beer leader InBev (later Anheuser-BuschInBev), and was recently acquired by CVC Capital Partners – one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms.

Irina is a graduate of Sofia University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Philology with a specialization in Pedagogy. She loves playing with her young daughter and enjoys meeting friends. Irina also enjoys mountain climbing.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Consumer Products and Services
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare

Biliana Djambaska

Associate Consultant
b.djambaska@stantonchase.com

Seeking new challenges in the area of human resources and recruitment, Biliana became a Researcher at Stanton Chase International Bulgaria in June 2006. She has been gaining experience and in-depth knowledge in the Consumer Products and Services, Technology and Financial Services business sectors. Biliana holds a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia. Human Resources is the area she was willing to pursue a career in ever since she enrolled in university.

For the last 5 years Biliana has been working in the HR area, starting with an internship program at Nestle, Bulgaria. There she faced the challenges in recruiting, selection and training. The internship program ended with an offer for a trainee position with the HR department at the company. Biliana further assisted in personnel recruitment and appraisal and was also involved in induction trainings. Prior to joining Stanton Chase Sofia, Biliana worked as an HR Assistant at Chipita Foods, Bulgaria.

Biliana enjoys spending her free time with friends. Fashion, together with going out, is on top of her hobbies.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Financial Services

Bissera Stoyanova

Research Associate
b.stoyanova@stantonchase.com

Bissera has been part of Stanton Chase International’s team since the summer of 2011. She has experience as a researcher working on assignments for different positions, but mostly for companies in the industrial, energy and natural resources, and logistics and transportation sectors.

She started her development in the HR area in the internship programme in Vivacom. She has experience as a training coordinator from Adecco Bulgaria. There she worked on two training projects within the Operative Programme Human Resources Development.

Bissera holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from New Bulgarian University and a masters degree in Human Resource Management and Development to be finished in 2013.

 

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Industrial
  • Natural Resources and Energy
  • Logistics and Transportation

Elena Rusanova

Research Associate
e.rusanova@stantonchase.com

Elena started her professional career in the executive search industry as part of the Stanton Chase International team in Bulgaria. In 2011 she took the role of Research Associate with a main focus in the ICT and Professional Services sectors. She encompasses various managerial roles within the IT industry and also searches for positions requiring rare and highly technical expertise. Elena is actively involved in searches in all market sectors. She is also in charge of the CRM system, File Finder.

Prior to joining Stanton Chase, she worked as a technical assistant at a company from the FMCG sector. There she had the chance to begin and develop her experience in HR by taking part in the recruitment and selection process.

Elena graduated from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia with a bachelor’s degree in Economic Psychology and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Technology
  • Professional Services
  • Financial Services

Yuliana Popova

Research Associate
u.popova@stantonchase.com

Yuliana has been a part of the Stanton Chase Sofia team since October 2007. Apart from the general day-to-day administrative routines she was also responsible for the marketing and PR coordination of the company, including advertising and branding, event organization, business development activities and networking with key business associations. During the years Yuliana supported different stages of the executive search process, so as to be able to manage the PR & marketing activities of the company accordingly and to be more efficient when contacting current and potential clients. Her major interest was in FMCG, pharmaceutical and financial companies. Since November 2012 Yuliana has taken the role of Research Associate to support the Consumer Products and Services practice group.

Yuliana has a BA in English and American Studies from Sofia University. After graduating she worked as a scholarship coordinator at New Bulgarian University under the direction of the Vice-Rector for Education.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Consumer Products and Services
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare

 

Mariana Ivanova

Senior Consultant
m.ivanova@stantonchase.com

Мariana has been a senior consultant at Stanton Chase since September 2008. She is in charge of all financial and accounting matters of the Sofia office. She has graduated from the University of National and World Economy and has occupied the same position in other companies as well – Ariana AD, Danone AD, IPOMA AD. Mariana spends her free time with her daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sofia
81B Bulgaria Blvd.
Floor 6
Sofia 1404

Tel: +359 2 962 2931
Fax: +359 2 962 8347
E-mail: sofia@stantonchase.com