October 17, 2016 – Executive search firm Taylor Hopkinson Associates has opened a new office in Mexico City as it continues international expansion in high-growth markets. The new beachhead will lead the firm’s expansion into Argentina, Chile, Columbia and other emerging markets in Latin America.
Mexico is becoming a renewable energy hub as energy liberalization continually attracts international business to the country. With Mexican energy reform underway, the number of new client accounts across the region has significantly increased over the last year for the firm. A recent clean energy auction confirmed that 36 wind, solar and gas projects will be built in the next three years across Mexico, representing $4 billion of investment.
“Latin America is one of the most dynamic regions in the world for renewable and clean energy investment,” said managing director Tom Hopkinson. “The energy reform happening in Mexico is unprecedented in that region and setting the standards for other countries to follow.”
It is an opportunity “for us to support our clients in their growth plans,” he added, “benefiting from our many years of experience building high performing teams in rapid growth markets. Transferring skills from aligned sectors and transfer training will need to be established.”
Taylor Hopkinson is a specialist renewable energy and clean technology human resources consultancy comprising three core services: executive search, permanent recruitment and contract / interim recruitment. Its clients operate in a number of sectors, including onshore wind; offshore wind; solar; hydro; energy storage; transmission & distribution; smart grid; biomass; marine energy; and gas.
A number of executive recruiters have turned to South America to expand their own businesses in recent months. Here’s a look at some of the more recent developments:
- Steven Douglas Associates launched a dedicated Latin America search practice and added Juan Moreno as vice president for the region. Matt Shore, Steven Douglas president. “This new practice will offer our clients with LATAM operations a broader reach to in-country talent and Juan brings tremendous experience and connections in the area. His in-depth understanding of and community ties to Latin America make him the perfect talent acquisition partner.”
- Signium opened a new office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Led by Rubén Heinemann, SIGNIUM Argentina will provide focused executive search services across a number of industries, including industrial, financial, business & professional services, as well as oil & gas throughout Argentina.
- Caldwell Partners International opened a new office in Buenos Aires and added four new partners. Adilson Parrella and Pedro Folque de Almeida have joined the Sao Paulo office, Eleonora Cajiao has joined the Bogota office and Estanislao Peña has opened the firm’s new office in Buenos Aires. “With the addition of an office in Buenos Aires and four new partners in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, we now have full coverage of the entire Latin American market,” said Eduardo Antunovic, managing partner of Caldwell Partners. “With president Mauricio Macri’s recent economic reforms and pro-market agenda, now is the perfect time to start up operations in Argentina – the third largest economy in Latin America.”
- IMD International Search Group has strengthened its presence in South America with the addition of Osser & Osser. Headquartered in São Paulo, Osser & Osser is led by Anna Luiza Osser and Patricia Osser Sales who founded the firm in 2002. It provides search services to medium and large-sized national and multinational companies, start-ups, family companies and non-profit organizations.
- Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, has added four new offices in Brazil with the addition of Technique Search. Technique Search’s talent management services include career planning & development, board and senior management assessment, and board & management counseling, which includes initial alignment of expectations and personal careers.
- Earlier this year, ZRG Partners established a footprint in Brazil with the addition of Denys Monteiro as chief executive officer. While ZRG has completed searches in the region, this becomes the firm’s first on-the-ground venture in the Brazilian market. Mr. Monteiro was most recently CEO of Fesa, Brazil’s largest independent executive search firm where he has worked for 18 years.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media