Transparency, clear processes, empathy and an understanding
of mutual expectations, as well as excellent performance:
these attributes ensure the success of
GET AHEAD Direct Search Consultants.

Matthias Zühlke

Matthias Zühlke

For almost 20 years now, Matthias Zühlke has been sourcing high-calibre individuals to fill leadership, board, middle management and specialist positions –through headhunting, executive search methods, and his outstanding professional network. Additionally, he advises mid-tier businesses and global players on international talent acquisition and talent development.

After training as a bank clerk and completing a business management degree at university, Zühlke gained experience in a large bank working in the HR division. Following this, he spent several years in renowned consultancy firms as a personnel consultant and project manager, working with mid-tier companies and international firms. After joining GET AHEAD in 2003, he established the Consumer Goods and Retail division, as well as Sales and Marketing. In 2006 he took over the leadership of the business as the managing partner. He handles the development of the consultancy portfolio, is responsible for the marketing, and is the first port of call for the company’s evidence-based personnel diagnostics.

With the GET AHEAD, he sponsors Die Familienunternehmer (The Federal Association of Family Businesses), the annual Day of Food and Beverage Businesses of the BVE (The Federation of German Food and Drink Industries) as well as the Career’s Day of the Lebensmittel Zeitung (The Food and Beverage Newspaper). A father of three, he loves winter sports and travelling abroad, especially to Italy.


  • Consumer goods industry and retail
  • Electronics and automation industry
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical industry

Skills and expertise:

  • General management
  • Leadership and board positions
  • Middle management
  • International clients
  • Human resources
  • Sales and marketing