• During several years of cooperation in change and human resources management, I got to know and appreciate Zakaria Ibba Limane. In his role as Head of Business Partnering at his longtime employer Bombardier he was able to develop a high level of acceptance among the top business leaders. His contributions were at least as much driven by strategic and market momentum as by HR expertise – he truly understood and transformed, together with his stakeholders, the market-driven success factors, the implications of new strategic directions and programs necessary, into effective people action plans. Therefore, Zakaria is a rare and convincing representative of a modern HR generation that credibly transports business partnering.”

    Prof. Dr. Walter Jochmann
    Chairman of the Board 
    Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH


  • Following leading HR positions, Zakaria Ibba Limane was most recently, as a member of the global HR leadership team, in charge of Global Product Management and Sales for Bombardier Transportation. As a strategic HR business partner with global responsibility, he was deeply involved in Bombardier’s key transformation processes. Zakaria is characterized by a high level of strategic know-how, which makes him a very valuable business partner. Due to his continuous and goal-oriented development, Zakaria’s transition into self-employment is one of the logical developments in his professional biography. I am firmly convinced that he will enrich his clients and profitably integrate the experience and skills gained into their projects.”

    Petra Angstmann
    Chief Human Resources Officer 
    Bombardier Transportation

  • I have worked with Zakaria Ibba Limane very closely at Bombardier in his role as HR Business Partner for the Regional Sales, Marketing, Product Management and Country Management. This organisation was responsible for approximately 250 Senior Executives and achieved a yearly order intake of 2.5 Billion Euro within Central and Eastern Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Israel and Turkey. In less than two years, we changed the organisational set-up from a product driven to a market and customer driven organisation integrating product and services solutions. Zakaria Ibba Limane is a very people-orientated HR Manager, with a great ability to listen, to analyse and then proactively developing solutions. This attitude together with his amazing cultural, understanding, his very deep HR knowledge and responsiveness allowed us to conduct this very sensitive change process, while constantly overachieving our Governance targets. We worked together for more than 5 years. He was the most supportive and professional HR Senior Executive I have ever worked with. Wishing him all the best for his career and business Start-Up, I remain available for further references upon request.“

    Carsten Bopp
    Group CEO PINI Swiss Engineers, President of Swiss Cleantech, Board Member Cargo Sous Terrain SA and HOLM e.V. – House of Logistics and Mobility and Entrepreneur for Travelling Freedom –

  • Our linking element is a trusting relationship of intensive cooperation for many years.
    In his function as operational and strategic business partner, I involved him in all decisions.
    This form of collaboration included at the beginning (at business unit level) all people related decisions, then (at regional level) all organizational development initiatives and finally (on a global level), in my capacity as General Counsel, Vice President and Executive Member of Bombardier Transportation, the transformational projects such as Cultural Change, Learning Organization, Agile Way of Working, Compliance and realignment of global teams within the framework of strategic fundamental decisions of the Group.
    It is particularly noteworthy that Mr. Zakaria Ibba Limane combines skills such as precision, analytics, pragmatism and multicultural understanding in a way that creates trust, loyalty, sense of proportion and rapid change among both employees and executives. It was not only his decision-making pleasure and his ability to always develop personnel-related topics into an added value for the company, but also his daily interaction – characterized by joy, optimistic realism and courage – which made the long-term and very successful cooperation possible.
    “Personally, I look forward, in whatever form, to any new cooperation with him”.

    Dr. Daniel Perlzweig
    General Counsel, Vice President and Executive Member Bombardier Transportation

  • Zakaria Ibba Limane is especially gifted with listening closely and developing creative solutions afterwards. His style always expresses great respect and appreciation. I am always happy to work with him. He currently provides boards with excellent and fast expertise with regard to difficult HR questions. We will definitely continue to work with Zakaria Ibba Limane as our partner on international and strategic HR and transformation initiatives characterized by particular challenges.”

    Christian Jacobs
    Managing Director & Owner


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