NGS Global Opens New Office in Norway

June 2, 2017 – Executive search firm NGS Global has expanded its reach into the Scandinavian region by opening an office in Norway. The location will be overseen by managing partners Stig-Rune Reese and Hard Olav Bastiansen.

Previously, Mr. Reese and Mr. Bastiansen were founding partners of A`HEAD Search & Selection. They have both worked with executive positions in the private and the public sector, and have had a special focus on the oil & gas industry. Their energy clients have included everything from the biggest firms to start-up oil companies and oil service companies. Both are certified users of leadership assessment tools, including psychometric tests.

“When we started discussing with NGS Global, we were immediately struck by the company´s professionalism, global reach and focus on having a close relationship with clients,” said Mr. Reese. Mr. Bastiansen pointed out that NGS Global is not a franchise or loose network. “NGS Global is an integrated partnership that works closely together across regions, serving clients globally,” he said.

Mr. Reese was an officer with the Norwegian Armed Forces before starting in executive search. Mr. Bastiansen was a bank training manager, a public relations consultant and communication manager in the Norwegian Oil Industry Association, which represents oil companies.

“We are delighted to welcome our new Norwegian partners to NGS Global,” said chairman David Nosal. “They bring a depth of expertise and experience working with international oil & gas companies which will be an important practice area for NGS Global in the years to come.”

Today, Norway ranks as the second wealthiest country in monetary value, with the largest capital reserve per capita of any nation. Norway has a mixed economy. It is a prosperous capitalist welfare state and social democracy that features a combination of free market activity and large state ownership in certain key sectors. It has large ownership positions in key industrial sectors, such as the strategic petroleum (Statoil), hydroelectric energy production (Statkraft), aluminum production (Norsk Hydro), the largest Norwegian bank (DNB), and telecommunication provider (Telenor). Through these companies the government controls approximately 30 percent of the stock values at the Oslo Stock Exchange.


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With offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, NGS Global boasts a consultant team with expertise and broad networks in a variety of industries and functional areas. The firm recently opened a new office in Istanbul, Turkey. Can Onen will serve as managing partner of the new location. Mr. Onen has extensive experience conducting C-level and senior leadership search assignments for global and domestic companies from a broad range of industries, including energy, advanced technology, telecom, fast-moving consumer goods, retail, automotive and private equity. He was previously a managing partner for Turkey at Alexander Hughes.

NGS Global also added Gary Lazzarotto as managing partner and Alex Burr as senior associate in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Lazzarotto brings to the firm 20-plus years of experience across the APAC region in the insurance and human resources industry in roles that range from consultant to CEO. His many executive search assignments include CEO, CFO, CIO and COO appointments, for ASX-listed, private and start-up organizations in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. He was previously managing partner at Glasford International.

Mr. Burr’s background includes a number of regional CEO/CIO roles and senior technology roles for leading international IT and financial services providers throughout Australia and Asia, and in particular Japan, where he lived for 14 years. He was previously a partner with Glasford International.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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