Executive Search Case Study: Jahia 

Jahia is an international software vendor. Its comprehensive and integrated open source Java Digital Experience platform unifies content, applications and customer data.

The company is headquartered in Geneva with offices in Paris, Washington, Houston, Freiburg (Germany), Toronto and Austria.

Jahia had offices in Geneva, Paris and eastern Europe when it first approached Oakstone. The company had just received $22.5 million to fund its expansion in the US and EMEA.

Jahia contacted Oakstone following a referral from French marketing technology provider Neolane, now part of Adobe.

At that point, the company had comprised around 60 executives globally. It needed sales, pre-sales, professional services and software engineers and architects to:

  • scale up existing operations in France

  • build new businesses in other EMEA countries, notably Germany

  • enter the important US market.

Oakstone’s Solution

Oakstone sourced 21 sales, pre-sales, professional services and software engineers and architects for Jahia in nine months.

Divisional Director and Managing Consultant Andy Strong and his team worked on a retained basis to fill all 21 roles.

The International software vendor was so confident in Oakstone’s credentials that it committed resources in advance for all 21 roles.


Working on a retainer – without the involvement of other suppliers – enabled Oakstone to deliver a unified brand message for Jahia to more than 1,000 potential candidates across the world.

It also simplified and speeded up the recruitment process for Jahia’s hiring managers. They received a single email with four names for each of the 21 roles – instead of a plethora of emails from multiple suppliers.

Jahia also benefited from the fact that Oakstone has dedicated offices in San Francisco and Munich, making it easier to target the best candidates in the USA and Germany.
“Oakstone quickly grasp the culture and skills set required for a specific open position. I hope we will continue to have a successful working relationship in the future.”

Isabelle Garcin- General Councel and SVP Human Resources.