EMA Partners Opens in Dubai As Middle East Expansion Continues

EMA Partners Opens in Dubai A Ramachandran

October 16, 2017 – EMA Partners International, a global partnership of executive search professionals, has opened a new partner office in Dubai, expanding its presence in the Middle East. The office will be led by A Ramachandran (Rama).

Rama is managing partner of EMA Partners UAE. He has 10 years of experience in executive search and serves concurrently as senior partner at EMA Partners India, where he leads the industrial, consumer and retail practices. He has significant experience leading executive search assignments in various industries across India and the region.

Amer Lakhani and  Amarjeet Dutta have taken on their new roles as executive directors of EMA Partners UAE. Mr. Lakhani has 10 years of executive search experience in the Middle East and the U.K., where he served with Boyden and Sheffield Haworth. He has search experience in a variety of industries, including industrial and banking & financial services.

Amarjeet Dutta is a seasoned search consultant who has served in markets including India and South Asia and has over a decade of experience in the industry. He served companies like Tata Communications and Cannon in the past.

“An office in Dubai/UAE is a logical extension to our EMEA region and fulfills a long-standing client need for on the ground coverage of this key market,” said Alberto Miranda, EMA Partners’ regional chair for EMEA. “We are excited about the collaboration opportunities between EMA Partners UAE and our other offices in the region, and are convinced this will be to the benefit of our multinational and local clients.”


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K Sudarshan, regional chair for Asia Pacific, also welcomed the new Dubai office. He said he looked forward to the opportunities to work with the team given the synergies between major markets like India and the Far East with UAE and the rest of the region.

Expanding Global Footprint

Since 1988, EMA Partners has partnered with multinational corporations, governments and not-for-profit organizations across a variety of industry sectors and functional areas. It has more than 40 offices on six continents, and the firm continues to expand its footprint globally.

This spring, EMA Partners formed a joint venture with Decision Dynamics AB, a global provider of solutions for leadership and talent management. The organization now has access to Decision Dynamics’ tools, which it will deploy across its leadership search engagements, and also through its leadership consulting practice, to offer solutions to clients in leadership development, performance management, engagement and retention, and identification of high potential talent.

It recently opened a new office in London with the additions of managing partners Alison Ryan and Phil Sharp, who have more than 35 years of combined experience in executive search. Ms. Ryan has assisted organizations across market sectors to identify executive talent for a range of functions, including finance, sales, operations and marketing. She also advises start-ups on recruitment strategies, and assists venture capitalists with board selection. Mr. Sharp began his career in executive search and continues to work alongside many international organizations and global brands.

EMA also added two new offices in South America, with new locations in Santiago, Chile, and Lima, Peru, with the additions of TestaNova and Pera Consultores. Antonia Errázuriz is one of the founding partners of TestaNova, a firm that has served Santiago and the Chilean market for seven years, specializing in the areas of industrial, consumer, retail and financial services. The two offices join an expanding partnership of search firms in South and Central America, and six offices in North America.

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

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