Mr. Khoo brings a wealth of experience in executive search as well as executive management across the industrial sectors, notably transport and engineering and IT & telecommunications and life sciences, among others.
“Jonathan has a comprehensive understanding of clients’ challenges across the region,” said Adarsh Matta, executive vice president APAC at AIMS. “We are thrilled with the ongoing development in our region, and we will be focusing on further expansions as part of our growth strategy.”
The Singapore team offers a variety of HR advisory services, such as executive search for senior and executive managers, as well as talent management services, such as career coaching and HR consulting.
Mr. Khoo, who is fluent in English and Chinese, most recently served as managing partner for Southeast Asia at NGS Global. Before that, he was a managing director at Strategic Executive Search Group. Earlier in his career, he served in various HR roles with Samsung Asia and ComforDegro.
The Singapore economy is considered to be one of the freest, most innovative, competitive, dynamic and business-friendly anywhere. The Index of Economic Freedom ranks Singapore as the second freest economy in the world, and the Ease of Doing Business Index has ranked it as the easiest place to do business for the past decade.
Singapore’s largest companies are in the telecommunications, banking, transportation and manufacturing sectors, many of which started as state-run enterprises and are now listed on the Singapore Exchange. These include Singapore Telecommunications, Singapore Technologies Engineering, Keppel Corporation, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Development Bank of Singapore and United Overseas Bank.
“Due to its political stability, strong economy and high concentration of talents, Singapore has historically been the place where many global companies have their regional headquarters, and from here, expand their business across the very diverse ASEAN countries,” said Mr. Khoo. “As many AIMS International partners already service global clients with presence here in Singapore, this opens up valuable opportunities for the Singapore office to continue servicing these clients here in this region.”
With over 80 offices worldwide, AIMS International provides clients with customized, global executive search and talent management services in 50 countries. It currently has active global practice groups working in the automotive, financial & professional services, FMCG & luxury goods, industrial, IT & telecoms and life sciences industries, as well as in talent management and board advisory services.
Recently, AIMS bolstered its membership with the addition of Excellia Capital Humain in Tunisia, Africa. With over 15 years of experience in executive search and strategy and leadership consulting, Excellia Capital Humain is led by managing partner Ines Bouharb. Her firm has led executive search projects from the C-suite to senior professionals across several industries including engineering, IT, FMCG, power supply and many others. Excellia Capital Humain also offers expertise in talent management services such as assessments, training and executive coaching.
This spring, AIMS added Norway-headquartered RUUD Executive Search & Advisory AS. The firm is led by managing partner Tor-Egil Ruud, who has over 17 years of experience in recruitment, executive search and leadership services from several national and international market-leading companies. He has conducted over 250 national and international assignments.
AIMS recently entered the Chicago market as well, with the addition of executive search firm Alder Bowman. The firm is led by president and managing director David Williger, who has achieved a strong record of leading executive search and talent acquisition engagements across all functional disciplines.
“Chicago is a very important location for AIMS International and this addition greatly enhances our ability to serve globally based clients with operations in the U.S. Midwest,” said Bernardo Entschev, global VP and EVP Americas at AIMS. “Considering the high concentration of companies here with global operations, I believe we now have a competitive advantage to enable them to meet their global talent acquisition objectives.”
In addition, AIMS also appointed South Africa partner Leonie Pentz to lead its energy practice. Ms. Pentz is an executive search professional with 20-plus years’ experience in the recruitment industry and extensive exposure to the utilities, downstream and renewable energy segments in the SADC region.
“We are constantly sharing knowledge about recent industry trends and business development actions across our nine global practice teams,” said Pierangelo Favero, AIMS International’s president. “This enables AIMS consultants to constantly deliver exceptional results for clients all over the world.”
As an outgrowth of its expansion plans, AIMS also expanded into Albania where it has been implementing all of the human capital advisory services of Dynamics Partners, which has been providing executive search and HR consulting services in Albania and Kosovo for the last 10 years. The firm has a portfolio of roughly 500 completed search assignments.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media