September 29, 2015 – U.K.-headquartered specialist executive search and intelligence consultancy, Armstrong Craven, has expanded in the Asia Pacific region having recently established a presence in Singapore. Heather Travis, director for Asia Pacific, will lead the Asia team. She will seek new relationships across APAC with regional and international businesses.
Ms. Travis said there is particular demand for the firm’s talent pipelining and succession offerings for multinational companies with regional hubs in South East Asia. Top of the agenda when discussing people challenges with clients is identifying local talent. Ms. Travis said local talent, especially returning nationals, can provide some of the solution to the talent shortage.
Ms. Travis has more than 25 years’ experience in the executive research and resourcing industry, working across a number of business sectors with a global remit. She joined Armstrong Craven from Travis Research Europe Ltd., where she held the role of managing director. She is also joint chairman of the Executive Research Association (ERA) and a member of the British Chamber of Commerce.
“One of the biggest challenges throughout the region is lack of talent; organizations are feeling the pressure of fishing in the same talent pool, especially in Singapore where it’s becoming more difficult to hire expatriate workers. The resulting high level of employee turnover is compounding the pressure on businesses, and it is the norm in the market for employees to regularly move companies,” said Ms. Travis.
She said there has been a brain drain in Asia as up and coming top talent is moving out of APAC to gain more global experience. “When these people are ready to return, companies have the opportunity to strike the balance between local understanding and global mindset.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief and Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media