August Leadership Adds Diversity Search and Leadership Consulting Practice

October 21, 2021 – Executive search firm August Leadership has expanded its scope by adding a diversity, equity & inclusion search and leadership consulting practice to its portfolio. “Our diversity, equity and inclusion search and consulting practice provides clients with a holistic approach to this space in addition to our direct support to boards, CEOs and CHROs with the overall understanding of their business in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said the firm.

The new practice helps August Leadership’s clients navigate the future business landscape by working closely with C-suite leadership teams offering crafted consulting solutions. The program offers integrative onboarding for senior executives, organization design, training on inclusive leadership and fostering a collaborative culture. Leading these practices is Umran Beba, an accomplished C-suite executive, board director, diversity and inclusion advisor, mentor and sought-after speaker on topics like diversity, equity and inclusion, people and culture.

Named as one of the Top 10 Influential Women in Diversity in 2020, Ms. Beba brings a wealth of experience as a senior global business executive.  In her 25 years at PepsiCo, she grew to take on several global leadership roles to becoming the company’s Asia-Pacific president. Previously, as PepsiCo’s chief HR officer AMENA and global HR operations and systems, and later as chief diversity officer, she managed several transformation projects as well as executive recruitment, talent pipeline building, culture shaping, mentoring, coaching, diversity and inclusion agenda setting and execution and human capital management initiatives.

 Beyond Executive Search

“My passion for talent, diversity and inclusion met with August Leadership’s values a year ago,” said Ms. Beba. “It is about finding the best and diverse talent, supporting organizations to have a winning culture with purpose. With this vision, I have developed my services at August Leadership beyond executive search. Executive search is our core business and now we have leadership consulting and diversity advisory services as well as a dedicated diversity, equity and inclusion practice.”

Effective Nov. 1, August Leadership is also adding Nicole Kamaleson to its team. Ms. Kamaleson has extensive experience leading senior executive searches at the board, CEO, C-suite, vice president, and regional and country director levels internationally. She has advised on C-suite talent transitions, diversity, equity and inclusion board/governance, human capital and organizational development. She has expertise in sustainability, ESG, social finance, philanthropy, impact investing, international NGOs, think tanks/research, human rights and the environment. Her work has spanned the globe in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Related: August Leadership Expands Footprint in Asia, Europe

“By teaming up with two of the top diversity leaders globally, Umran Beba and Nicole Kamaleson, August Leadership is set on its DEI agenda to support clients with outstanding diverse talent as well as leadership consulting from Board to C-Suite Level,” said Asad Haider, CEO and founder.

Recent Growth

Recently, August Leadership also opened an office in Seoul, South Korea. With 20 years of experience, partner Lukas Beech is leading the South Korean region teaming up with associate partner Janeen Kang. “It has been encouraging to see a healthy demand from Korean and ‘western’ companies for executive search services in the Korean market,” August Leadership said. “Establishing presence in Seoul demonstrates our intention towards supporting the executive talent needs of our Korean and international clients in Asia,” said Mr. Haider. “Lukas and Janeen bring positive momentum to our global strategy of being agile and responsive in bringing crafted talent solutions.”

Mr. Beech is an experienced executive search consultant in Asia and specifically in the Korean market. He has knowledge of the industrial and technology sectors, Mr. Beech has worked with leading Korean, European and North American corporations in hiring top talent for HQ-level executive positions in China, Japan and Korea.

“We are pleased with the positive response from our clients about our presence here – especially in the automotive, renewable energy, industrial and consumer sectors,” said Mr. Beech.

Ms. Kang brings 15 years of experience in the retail industry across both North America and Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining August Leadership, she served as the head of beauty for APAC at Dufry’s Hong Kong office. There, she led a diverse regional team in successfully expanding the organization’s footprint across multiple markets in Asia. Ms. Kang has experience delivering long-term ROI in multinational corporations.

Related: August Leadership Adds Partner 

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

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