Get To Know Your MacDonald Search Group Toronto Senior Consultant - Victor Tamm

Posted on January 17, 2020

Victor Tamm is a tenured CPG vet. With over a quarter century in the industry, working with major brands like Coca-Cola, Keurig, Red Bull, and Nestle, there’s little he hasn’t seen. A natural relationship builder and connection-maker, he believes there’s no substitute for hard work.

MacDonald Search Group is thrilled to welcome Victor aboard in our Toronto office. In addition to his accomplishments, work ethic, and expertise, he brings humor and passion to the table.

Get to know one of our most recent additions to the team and find out what makes him a great person to have on your side:

Where are you from?

I was born in a small fishing village on the west coast of Vancouver Island: Ucluelet, BC. It’s a quiet, laid-back town perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Where are you now?

I’m on my second ‘tour of duty’ in The Big Smoke. I’ve lived in Toronto for the past 10 years, 15 years in total. As different as it is from the little fishing village where I was raised, Toronto is home now!

How did you get here?

It was a round-about and exciting route, I moved six times in 10 years for work and it all started with a job that Bruce MacDonald, Managing Partner of Macdonald Search Group connected me with. I worked with Bruce in 1999, moving from Coke to Nestle, and embarking on my first of many cross-Canada moves from Victoria to Calgary.

Shortly after, in 2000, Nestle moved me from Calgary to Vancouver, then in 2002 from Vancouver to Toronto. In 2005 I hopped back over to Vancouver with Red Bull and in 2009, Red Bull moved me back to Toronto.

Why are you excited to work with MacDonald Search Group?

I’ve known Bruce for 20 years. We’ve discussed the possibility of me joining the team for the past four years. Now that the Toronto Office is running at full steam, it’s a great time for me to jump on board.

What is your specialty vertical?

I have over 25 years of experience across multiple functional areas of the CPG industry. My extensive experience in sales, category management, operations, and distribution. Enable me to make quality placements across industries:

  • CPG
  • Pharma
  • Beverage
  • Marketing

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Three pieces of advice that have served me well are:

  1. Return phone calls
  2. Under promise and over deliver
  3. Don’t be a “yes” person

Who is your role model and why?

I learned my work ethic from my parents, but my role models have become my wife and kids.

What is your greatest career achievement to date?

I’m proud of my accomplishments in driving the retail success of Red Bull in Canada.

What is your favourite way to spend your time?

When I’m not working, I’m with friends and family, usually watching or playing sports.

Victor has a wealth of experience and extensive network, but beyond his resume and rolodex, it’s his mentality that makes him truly successful and a major asset to Macdonald Search Group clients. He firmly believes in never giving up; mediocrity is not an option.

Get in touch with Victor to discuss open positions that require high-quality candidates. Reach him via email, phone, or LinkedIn.