EMA Partners Opens Office in Seoul

February 18, 2022 – Coming out of a global pandemic, executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from just about every corner of the globe. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire new recruiters, and open new locations. Global recruiting consortiums, meanwhile, are taking advantage of a resurgence in certain geographic areas.

EMA Partners International, a global partnership of executive search professionals, has expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with the addition of a new office in Seoul, Korea. The office is led by managing partner Harry Han. “We are delighted with our expansion in the region,” said K. Sudarshan, regional chair, Asia. “Harry, Jiwon and Michelle will surely add to our strength with their extensive knowledge and experience in the international and local Korean markets.” Mr. Han and his team, partners Jiwon Kang and Michelle Choi, have extensive experience in executive search as well as human global management, and leadership and organizational assessment across several industries.

“We believe in focused search processes to identify, recommend and select the best qualified individual to fulfil the client’s job description and the position’s goals and objectives within their corporate culture and strategic intent,” said Mr. Han.

Business Hub of South Korea

Seoul is the business and financial hub of South Korea. Although it accounts for only 0.6 percent of the nation’s land area, more than half of South Korea’s bank deposits were held in the city last year, according to Forglobal, a networking website. The traditional, labor-intensive manufacturing industries have been continuously replaced by information technology, electronics and assembly-type of industries, however, food and beverage production, as well as printing and publishing remained among the core industries, said Forglobal. Major manufacturers are headquartered in the city, including Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia and SK.

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 globally.

Recent Growth

EMA Partners recently opened a new office in San Francisco. Deborah Hiner is the new managing partner of EMA Partners San Francisco. “We look forward to working with Deborah and her team. It is an exciting time as we expand our presence in the region and we’re happy to be present in the San Francisco Bay Area.” said Chris Pantelidis, EMA Partners regional chair: the Americas. Ms. Hiner has over 30 years of progressive experience in the technology and life science sectors conducting C-level searches for PE backed and founder led firms as well as large global brand name companies. She also specializes in partnering with start-up to well established high growth companies. Ms. Hiner has experience across all functional areas including, product, sales and marketing, technology, finance, analytics, risk management, compliance and human resources. Her approach centers on building strong relationships with clients and candidates and understanding the key objectives on both sides.

Related: EMA Partners International Opens Bangkok Office

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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