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Fontes started up in 1990 as the first joint-stock company formed in Tartu after WW2 and with Tõnis Arro as one of the co-founders. Being one of the oldest new-era companies in Estonia by now, Fontes has developed to a leading human resource management and organizational development partner for its clients.

Personnel search and assessment, consulting and surveys on salaries, satisfaction and motivation are among the main activities of Fontes today. Publishing books and learning tools for personnel and managerial trainings is also an important part of Fontes field of activities.

Personnel search and assessment is of course a major service provided by Fontes. It is an important process covering a job analyses, creating a competency model based on the analyses followed by an evaluation of the candidates compatibility to the agreed model. The assessment process results in an objective overview of a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses also giving an indication of the person’s development needs.



Fontes consulting services spans a wide area including career counseling, coaching, management audits and salary system regulation.

Fontes Salary survey is by now a well known and well reputed source of information for the Estonian HR market. The members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to listen to Tõnis Arro’s and Fontes’ presentation of the 2005 issue in connection with the SCCE Business Lunch March 9th, 2006.





Tõnis studied psychology at Tartu University, psychotherapy at Helsinki University and management at the London Business School. He is also actively involved with the Executive Conferences he has now been organizing for 10 years. These high level gatherings of executives, taking place in Pärnu (they are also known as the Pärnu Conferences – ) use both Estonian and English as working languages with high quality simultaneous translation. A service making the conferences an ideal event for networking opportunities among both expat’s and locals.

Tõnis Arro is today the Chairman of the Supervisory Council of Fontes, a Board member of the Baltic Management Conferences, Chairman of Hermes Publishers (formerly Fontes Publishers) and a Board member and part-owner of the Tapas & Vino wine-bar in Tallinn’s Old Town. The latter a place well known to the members of the SCCE since last years successful Bellman-evening which took place there.




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