Alexander Hughes Makes Leadership Changes in Kuala Lumper

November 28, 2018 – Alexander Hughes has made leadership changes in its operations in Kuala Lumpur, adding Narinder Kaur as managing partner. The Malaysian office was established two years ago.

It is one of the firm’s six offices in Asia Pacific along with Shanghai, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Sydney and Singapore.

Ms. Kaur is charged with further developing Alexander Hughes’ footprint in Malaysia through the identification of new business opportunities, in close collaboration with Rakesh Sood, a veteran professional recently appointed as client partner.

These strategic hires signal Alexander Hughes’ plans to strengthen its presence in one of the world’s fastest growing regions. “Acting as true partners, Narinder and Rakesh will leverage their diverse experiences and in-depth local and international expertise to contribute to the success of a growing base of partners and clients in the country,” the firm said.

“Our global clients are very upbeat about expanding their businesses into Southeast Asia and Kuala Lumpur is the ideal strategic location to accompany them in the region,” said Julien Rozet, CEO of Alexander Hughes. “Having a highly skilled local team is a great asset both for our company and our clients.”

One of the latest assignments that Alexander Hughes executed in Malaysia was an extensive cross-border pan-Asia search for a global fintech leader. The firm said that this experience reinforced the confidence in Malaysian organizations and their openness to global talent while establishing Alexander Hughes’ ability to provide access to a global pool of talent. Alexander Hughes is also known to have worked with global clients, such as Sanofi-Aventis, Peugeot, L’Oréal, Vinci and Technip, which have a presence in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.


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“Being the pioneer in the executive search profession in Europe, we have never diluted the experience and diversity of our consultants, which consists of only ex C-suite professionals, and our Malaysia team is reminiscent of our commitment to hire only the best consultants,” said Pankaj Dutt, managing partner for Alexander Hughes India and Southeast Asia.  “We are able to offer local expertise combined with international capabilities.”

Growing Global Firm

Alexander Hughes, headquartered in Paris, has more than 120 consultants operating in 10 sectors, ranging from financial services and technology to life sciences, industrial manufacturing and consumer markets. The firm, founded in 1957, has upwards of 50 offices.

Didier Simon de Bessac was recently named president of Managers by Alexander Hughes, a subsidiary of Alexander Hughes. Managers by Alexander Hughes specializes in searches for key managers, specialists and high potential future leaders. Mr. Simon de Bessac will lead the teams of consultants whose expertise covers all sectors of activity and coordinate the international development of the brand, the firm said. Mr. Simon de Bessac has held several senior management positions and has acquired a unique blend of knowledge in corporate strategy, human resources management and business development.

Alexander Hughes also named Evan Tolstoj Hansen as head of the Nordic region and Nicolas Musy as managing partner for Greater China. Mr. Tolstoj Hansen joined the Alexander Hughes Group in 2009 to establish the Danish office. In his 20 years of working in executive search, his assignments have largely revolved around cleantech, mechanical engineering, electronics and construction industries, the automotive and transportation industries, as well as within environment, recycling, energy, IT and telecommunications.

Mr. Musy holds extensive experience in executive search, a proven expertise in several industries, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the Chinese market. Beyond his work for Alexander Hughes, he is the co-founder of China Integrated, a solution provider dedicated to support international companies to successfully establish and develop their business in China.

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

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