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Glasford International is a global (retained) executive search firm with direct presence in over 30 offices throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, North and South Americas. Our 350 consultants work for global acting companies with specific local needs. Our team in Estonia has a main focus on the entire Estonian and Baltic market.

Glasford International launched operations in Estonia in 2005. Our services cover every aspect of the recruitment process, from mapping your needs to selecting the most highly qualified candidate. We have been helping leading international organisations build world-class teams for more than ten years.

History of Glasford International Estonia

1978 Ph.D Jaakko Lehto, one of the first headhunters in Europe, founded a recruitment company Jaakko Lehto Konsulttitoimisto Oy.

1996 A chain of recruitment companies called Glasford International was established. It was originally represented in five European countries.

2003 Finland’s largest and oldest consulting company Jaakko Lehto Konsulttitoimisto Oy expanded their activities for the first time to Estonia.

2005 Independent recruitment company Glasford International Estonia OÜ was established.

2007 Mr Ilkka Lehto became a chief executive of Glasford International Estonia.

2016 Glasford International Estonia is one of the most successful executive search firms in Estonia.



  • put the interests of our clients first
  • succeed together with our clients
  • are a trusted and advisory partner to candidates
  • strive to be proactive, innovative and forward thinking
  • behave in a flexible, responsive and ethical manner
  • provide transparency to our processes
  • listen and communicate quickly and openly
  • believe confidentiality is absolute
  • accept responsibility for our actions and our commitments
  • promote mutual respect, trust and team working throughout our partnership
  • develop our people and partner businesses through shared knowledge and experiences
  • enjoy what we do and do it well.
Ilkka Lehto
Managing Partner / ilkka.lehto@glasford.ee / +372 56 948 648, +358 400 853 095
Consultant Ilkka Lehto communicates with clients and partners on a daily basis. His work consists of consulting the clients, making new client relations and leading the recruitment process. Ilkka has a wide range of work experience in different business sectors. His strengths are manufacturing and IT fields. Ilkka has a Master’s degree in Economics and he is the worlds first second-generation headhunter.

Speaks: Finnish, Estonian, Swedish, English

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Irina Spirina
General Manager / irina.spirina@jaakkolehto.ru / +79 21 964 8441
Irina Spirina has been a consultant with “JAAKKO LEHTO” since 1997, and the head of the Russian chapter since 2004. She contacts the clients and designs and supervises each search project in close connection with the client and the consultants. Irina knows and is known to many people on the business arena of Russia. In addition to her diploma of Magister of Arts, she is completing her 3rd year in Systemic Consulting in 2013.

Speaks: Russian, English

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