May 2, 2019 – Many companies with global strategies have been looking to Africa recently as the new frontier for business. Improved political environments, above average growth and the rich opportunities waiting in a continent are raising considerable interest. This has led to the growth of executive search firms in the region.
Hong Kong-headquartered executive search firm GRMSearch recently strengthened its global platform by adding an office in Johannesburg. Darius Zeederberg, head of legal recruitment, will lead that location.
With offices already in Cape Town, Hong Kong and London, GRM’s recruitment and research divisions cover half the globe, and with a big part of the business strategy being to have more of a presence in Africa, the Johannesburg office will serve as a launching pad to further growth across South Africa and into the wider African continent.
“We have two very important columns to our business strategy: One is Africa, and one is the development of our people,” said Rob Green, CEO. “Through the use of disruptive legal tech and solid, proven training programs we constantly improve our people; therefore we keep growing; therefore we are able to offer more employment opportunities to South Africans. The Johannesburg office is another major foundation of our growth that will ultimately benefit our clients and our people.”
“Since moving from being an attorney to GRM I have been delighted with my personal professional growth and the service we provide our clients,” Mr. Zeederberg said. “As market leaders in legal recruitment and research, it’s important to our clients that we continue to grow in order to service their needs, I am delighted to be moving home to head up our new office and be closer to some of the key clientele.”
Mr. Zeederberg joined GRM in 2017 as head of legal recruitment in Africa. He is responsible for overseeing the search and placement of predominantly legal professionals in South Africa and Africa. He has significant experience in labor law, as he acted as an employment law attorney in three provinces in South Africa. Mr. Zeederberg has practiced law as an admitted attorney of South Africa in Pretoria as a commercial and litigation attorney.
Executive Search Firms Continue Migration to South Africa
The economy of Africa is made up of trade, industry, finance, construction and agriculture. According to recruiters expanding in the region, business is booming, and as a result a number of search firms have continued their migration to the continent.
“This year is our fifth year of being in business in South Africa, and to expand into another city has been thought out carefully,” Mr. Green said. “Our move into Johannesburg is of major strategic importance.”
The economy of Africa consists of trade, industry, finance, construction and agriculture. According to recruiters expanding in the region, business is booming, and as a result a number of search firms have continued their migration to the continent. The South African economy has enormous potential across a broad base in commerce and industry. Over the years, South Africa has been renowned for its often leading edge capabilities in various sectors, including manufacturing, mining, the petrochemical industry, agriculture, pharmaceutical, the medical and healthcare industry, ICT and the financial services industry, among others.
GRM is an executive search, recruitment and strategic consultancy with four divisions: GRM Executive, GRM Legal, GRM Recruit and GRM Search. Mr. Green has assisted thousands of professionals in their global career moves and has personally helped many companies move into new markets over 15 years in the human capital arena.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media