June 2, 2016 – Global executive search firm Alexander Hughes has reinforced its presence in the Gulf countries by adding a new office in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).
Based in Dubai, Thomas Duret has been appointed managing partner for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.
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.
Mr. Duret has been living and working in the Middle East since 2002 and is the founder of Arcadia Consultancy, a Dubai-based executive search firm that became a part of Alexander Hughes in April. He has completed strategic assignments throughout the region both for local and multinational companies across a variety of sectors.
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Before establishing his own search firm, he worked for the Dubai office of Philips Lighting. He focused on project sales related to the retail and hospitality sectors, interacting with MEP contractors, consultants, architects, retailers as well as property developers.
Prior to that, he was responsible for sales & marketing in the Middle East area (12 countries) for Safegate Group, a global supplier of products and systems dedicated to the airport industry. Earlier in his career, he was based in Kuwait where he started up then developed the Middle Eastern operations of Siveco Group, a leading maintenance management software vendor.
“Our ambitions for the Middle East, Africa and India are extremely high and they run beyond merely reinforcing our already strong position in that region; we see the IMEA as being one of our main growth vectors in the coming years,” said Julien Rozet, CEO of the Alexander Hughes Group. “Personally, I am delighted that Thomas joined us. He is a seasoned search professional who has already made a name for himself in the Gulf countries. He will add depth and experience as well as dynamism to our Middle East teams, while also providing key expertise in these crucial markets.”
With more than 54 offices, Alexander Hughes, headquartered in Paris, has more than 130 consultants operating in 10 sectors, ranging from financial services and technology to life sciences, industrial manufacturing and consumer markets. The firm was founded in 1957.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media