Janou LLC partners - Janou Pakter Damian Chiam


Damian joined JANOU LLC as a Partner in Creative and Marketing Executive Search. During his tenure, he has worked with global brands across Fashion, Beauty, Jewelry and Lifestyle; curating key leadership talent to drive and transform brands.

Damian has spent over 15 years as a business strategy and marketing professional; working and consulting for global brands such as L'Oreal, Sephora, PwC and IBM. Additionally, he has spent time at digital startups like Birchbox and LoveGold launching new markets and driving strategic digital and retail initiatives.

His prior experience having been both client and candidate makes him a valuable asset in the Creative & Marketing Search Industry. This unique perspective allows him to have a deeper understanding of client needs while also being highly empathetic to candidates; striving to create a positive experience on both sides of the spectrum.

His transition to executive search was a natural one as he has always enjoyed collaborating closely with creatives as a marketer, having initiated many collaborations in his professional career; Lancome x Temperley, Harrys of London x Wintle, LoveGold x House of Waris / Pamela Love / Eddie Borgo / Ana Khouri / Hoorsenbuhs.  

Damian graduated from Essec Business School in Paris with a MBA in Luxury Brand Management. He is currently based in NYC, but possesses a global network and perspective having lived in Asia, Europe and North America.


Founder & CEO

Janou's modernist approach originated from her Dutch Design background and has earned her a reputation for having “the eye” in the Creative Search Industry. Since 1985, when she opened her first Creative Search firm, she has been known to uphold the highest business standards resulting in long-lasting client and candidate relationships.

What sets Janou apart is that she is innately intuitive. Over the past 30+ years of evaluating and guiding unique talent through experience, creativity and intelligence, she has been able to hone her craft. This unique sense of intuition has been a major contributor to her continuing success. 

Between 1995-2004, Janou founded search offices in Amsterdam, Geneva, Paris, Milan, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She co-founded nonstock, the first non-traditional photography representation later acquired by Getty. In the '90s, she launched the award winning online magazine for the arts, IDANDA, which featured the work of celebrity designers, architects and artists. Her agency has received numerous design awards for first-in-industry ad campaigns. Some of the award-winning campaigns are part of the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt.

Today, Janou strives to provide a highly personalized client and candidate experience that goes above and beyond industry standards. Her passion to help companies transform and innovate by introducing unique talent who drive brand experiences and implement design strategy to influence business decisions is what endears her to clients and candidates. Her longevity, integrity, passion and empathetic approach to Executive Search has shined throughout her career; they continue to be the underlying values that JANOU LLC is founded upon.