October 27, 2017 – International executive search firm Asianet Consultants has expanded in Hong Kong with the addition of Sam Meredith as director of advanced technologies. He will lead the Asia Pacific practice and be responsible for clients in the advanced technologies segments.
Mr. Meredith will support clients in areas such as applied materials, speciality chemicals, biotechnology, applied research and discovery. He will also advise clients in traditional industries on strategies to attract the right talent in Asia Pacific’s rapidly evolving scientific, technical and business environments.
Prior to joining Asianet, Mr. Meredith held management positions in sales, marketing, management consulting and executive search in sectors such as chemicals, oil & gas and engineering. He has lived and worked in the U.K., Singapore and Hong Kong and his clients have included leading international companies such as Chevron, DSM, Shell, Novozymes and Rolls Royce.
Previously, Mr. Meredith was manager for client services with London-based executive search firm Oliver James Associates. Before that, he served as client partner with Armstrong Craven, also in the U.K. His Asia Pacific experience includes roles as manager of consulting serves at Phaidon International and senior search consultant Oscar Associates, both in Singapore.
“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.”
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.
Hong Kong Market
As one of the world’s leading international financial centers, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterized by low taxation and free trade. It is an important center for international finance and trade, with one of the greatest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the Asia Pacific region.
The Hong Kong market has again retained its ranking as the most economically free market in the world, according to the Fraser Institute. And a study by the Milken Institute found that the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu has the best economy of any city in mainland China; Shanghai and Tianjin ranked second and third. In Shanghai, China’s financial hub and a global finance center, employers expect to grow staffing levels in a number of industry sectors and all nine regions, according to a recent Manpower employment index report. In Japan, Tokyo employers report the region’s most optimistic hiring plans and expect the strongest hiring in more than six years.
Expansion in Hong Kong
A growing number of executive search firms have expanded in the booming Hong Kong market over the past year. Here are some examples from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Korn Ferry has named May Knight as country managing director, Korn Ferry Hay Group. She has over 25 years of experience from operational and consulting roles in Asia and Europe. Before joining Korn Ferry Hay Group, Ms. Knight was managing director, financial services, Asia Pacific at Accenture.
Executive search firm Argyll Scott recently acquired REED’s business entities in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Financial terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed. With offices in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, Argyll Scott clients range from FTSE 100 multinationals to local SMEs.
Odgers Berndtson appointed Justin McLennan as managing partner for its Hong Kong office. Mr. McLennan has worked in executive search for over two decades in the Asia Pacific region, focusing on financial services. He has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1997. Previously, he served as managing director of financial services recruiting boutique Pelham in Hong Kong.
Cornerstone International Group, a global executive search and leadership development firm, named Sonia Vaswani as a managing director in its Hong Kong office. She has more than 15 years in human resource management and is particularly adept at executive search & selection in Hong Kong, China and Asia Pacific.
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