September 21, 2015 – Executive recruiters are increasingly being served hiring mandates in some of the world’s least likeliest of places. To meet the demand, search firms are developing new practices, hiring new recruiters, and opening new locations, from across the Middle East to Eastern Europe.
The spike in demand seems to be favoring affiliated global recruiting consortiums and the well-established global players that already have beachheads in place that are close to where the new action is developing. But even they are opening new offices and adding recruiters in record numbers.
Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 83 offices in 57 countries throughout Asia, EMEA, and the Americas, recently added five new search consultants in Poland, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Ukraine.
“These locations are all becoming important strategic hubs for search firms,” said Scott A. Scanlon, founding CEO of Hunt Scanlon Media. “Some have been highly restrictive and insular, while others have been backwater locations for years. But with the opening up of the EU as well as a business boom maturing along the Arabian Peninsula, markets have been opened to outside investors and that has broken the opportunities for recruitment wide open in these places.”
Mr. Scanlon said banking & financial services, high tech, healthcare, construction & infrastructure, petroleum & gas, and transportation are just some of the in-demand sectors expanding and seeking talent.
With 15 years of executive search experience in Poland and the CEE region, Michal Lewinski joins Amrop as a principal where he will be responsible for the firm’s automotive and industrial, real estate, and logistics practices in Poland, with a special focus on operations, supply chain and general management functions. Mr. Lewinski previously served as a partner with TRANSEARCH and prior to that was a senior consultant with Dutch‐German consulting company VDG International.
Veronica Anam-Waiyaki has been named a managing partner in Kenya. She has more than 20 years’ experience in leading the human capital function in large international organizations in Kenya and Nigeria. In addition to managing large human resources functions and teams, she has experience providing strategic advice to senior management, board of directors and trustees, where she advises on talent acquisition and retention. Ms. Anam-Waiyaki has a track record of providing advisory services to clients across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Tanzania. She was previously a director and technical partner at Human Capital Synergies Africa Ltd.
Mansour Abdulghaffar becomes a principal in Saudi Arabia with Amrop. His expertise includes strategy and product development. He has worked mostly with public sector clients where he advised on labor policy, healthcare, education and creating and managing public private partnerships. In addition, he has advised NGOs on creating, supporting and nurturing entrepreneurship on a national level. Mr. Abdulghaffar most recently served as a management consultant with Elixir, a management consulting firm serving clients in Saudi Arabia.
Amrop has also appointed Jaime Montemayor as a partner in Mexico. He has significant experience in the automotive and industrial sector, having worked for BASF, Honeywell and Nemak (Alfa Group). He brings knowledge in the professional services sector, having served in various roles at Booz & Company, Andersen and Teleperfomance.
Alex Dayrabekov joins Amrop as associate partner in the Ukraine. With broad experience in multinational business environments and 12 years in executive search and HR. Mr. Dayrabekov started his career as a recruitment consultant at an international recruitment company in Ukraine, he then further advanced to head of HR at Samsung Electronics in Ukraine, then country manager at a global moving & relocation company. He most recently served as head of Central Asia for an executive search firm. His consulting practice is focused on the pharmaceuticals, FMCG and retail sectors.
“The opportunity to explore new regions and deepen client relationships seems to be a win-win scenario at the moment for executive recruiters looking to take advantage of growing investments being made in these regions,” said Mr. Scanlon.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media