December 14, 2016 – TRANSEARCH International has strengthened its presence in Dubai with the additions of Philip de Waal and Peter Greaves as partners.
Mr. de Waal has worked in recruitment and executive search since 2007. He has developed a track record in senior level assignments across the Asia Pacific region, ranging from searches for regional leadership and technical leadership roles in E&P companies, oil field services, consultancy firms, EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) and Subsea as well as regional leadership for private equity backed portfolio businesses. He also completed commercial and HR localization searches in India and Angola for international clients.
Previously, Mr. de Waal served as vice president at Maxwell Drummond International, an executive search consultancy with a focus on the global energy industry. He began his search career with a boutique oil and gas industry-focused firm in Houston. Later that year he opened the firm’s first office in Africa, based in Johannesburg, from where he executed several executive and technical leadership search assignments for the firm’s African and international client base. Prior to moving into executive search, he served in the South African Foreign Service, both in South Africa and India, followed by roles in sales and risk management.
Mr. Greaves has 30 years of experience in recruitment and executive search. While financial markets are his forte he has conducted many searches for private office and family groups across a broad range of industries.
For most of the 1990s he specialized in equity capital markets. During those years in London’s financial markets, he participated in placing professionals in the first internal hedge funds and program trading. He then relocated to the Middle East in 2005, where he served as director of financial markets at McArthur Murray Executive Search. After that, he joined DHR International as head of the MENA region. Prior to joining TRANSEARCH, he founded and led his own search boutique, IES HR Consultants.
One of the world’s fastest growing economies, Dubai’s current gross domestic product is projected at $107.1 billion. The Persian Gulf and its coastal areas are the world’s largest single source of crude oil, and related industries dominate the region, making it a hotbed of activity for search firms with an eye on expansion.
TRANSEARCH has recently been seen expanding in various other regions around the globe:
- In September it opened two offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Johannesburg team is headed up by Zinhle Matentji, who serves as chief executive officer of the new location. She has a strong focus on financial services, consumer, retail, petrochemical, logistics /supply chain, mining and chemicals. The Cape Town team is led by Gerrit Wahl, who retained the title of managing partner. Mr. Wahl is an experienced executive search consultant and has worked on more than 100 search assignments in South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa, in almost all industries and functional roles, for global, regional and local clients;
- TRANSEARCH also recently added Michael Catlow as a senior consultant in Melbourne, Australia. He has 30 years of experience in operational and strategic management. Mr. Catlow was managing director of Boyden in Australia, where he completed and led executive searches across the APAC region, focusing mainly on board positions. He chaired both the firm’s global compliance committee and its mining and resources industries practice group;
- The firm also launched a new office in Strasbourg, France with the addition of consultants from Neuman & Partners France. Marie-Helene Sohler and Gonzalo de Pedro joined TRANSEARCH as managing directors, along with their support team of executive search professionals. Both recruiters were part of Neumann & Partners, a firm that was acquired by now-defunct CTPartners and subsequently acquired by Chicago-based DHR International as part of its asset acquisition of CTPartners last year;
- Earlier this year, the firm added Vanessa Fisk and Jack Khabbaz to its Middle East team as search consultants. Ms. Fisk has extensive experience across the financial services sector, holding a variety of C-suite positions in a number of global institutions in both advanced financial centers as well as emerging and underdeveloped markets. Mr. Khabbaz, who is a senior client partner in Dubai, has 16 years of recruitment, consulting and commercial experience across Australia and the UAE working on both the client and supplier side.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media