November 30, 2017 – International executive search firm Asianet Consultants has named Neil Robertson as director to head its sourcing consultancy.
Mr. Robertson is a highly experienced senior executive in international buying, trading and compliance for international retailers and has lived in Hong Kong for 25 years. Prior to joining Asianet, he held managing director roles for Dixons Group and Woolworths UK as well as for European and American marketing companies. In 2012, he founded Jenlen Asia, a sourcing consultancy advising clients on sourcing, supply chain and compliance across Asia. His experience extends across a diverse range of product categories and Asian countries and business cultures.
In his new role, Mr. Robertson will focus on sourcing strategy consulting as well as assisting companies to recruit senior executives with international experience in sourcing, supply chain and compliance
“Recruiting in the Asia Pacific region can be a challenge because of the culture and the language,” said Mark Geary, CEO of Asianet. “Operating in countries like China and across southeast Asia has highlighted the critical need for candidates with increased levels of technical and managerial capability requiring competencies in multi-tasking, multi-cultural management and interfacing with local governments for both Asian and expatriate executives.”
Growing Search Firm
Asianet offers a combination of executive search, talent mapping and competitor market intelligence. It has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and London. The firm also has a sister company, Asia Sourcing Network, which assists businesses in setting up offices and source suppliers in China.
Asianet recently expanded in Hong Kong with the addition of Sam Meredith as director of advanced technologies. He leads the Asia Pacific practice and is responsible for clients in the advanced technologies segments. Mr. Meredith supports clients in areas such as applied materials, speciality chemicals, biotechnology, applied research and discovery. He also advises clients in traditional industries on strategies to attract the right talent in Asia Pacific’s rapidly evolving scientific, technical and business environments. Previously, Mr. Meredith was manager for client services with London-based executive search firm Oliver James Associates.
“Recruiting in the Asia Pacific region can be a challenge because of the culture and the language,” said Mr. Geary. “Operating in countries like China and across southeast Asia has highlighted the critical need for candidates with increased levels of technical and managerial capability requiring competencies in multi-tasking, multi-cultural management and interfacing with local governments for both Asian and expatriate executives.”
A number of executive search firms have expanded in Asia Pacific in recent months. Here’s a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Taplow Group recently made inroads into Singapore with the addition of One Search Consulting as a partner in the region. One Search Consulting’s clients include multi-national corporations and growing small and medium-sized enterprises and its placements span across Asia.
ZRG Partners, the fastest growing search firm in the U.S., has opened an office in Hong Kong, added David Greenfield as head of the global insurance practice. Mr. Greenfield joins ZRG Partners with a strong history in the C-suite, Asia Pacific insurance recruiting sector.
Russell Reynolds Associates named Peter L. O’Brien as the region head for Asia Pacific. He is responsible for managing Russell Reynolds’ business across the region and driving growth in key markets, including China, India, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
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