January 31, 2018 – Executive search consultants are seeing an increase in hiring mandates from around the world. To meet demand, they continue to develop new practices, hire recruiters and open locations. Among them, Horton International has added the Human Capital Group, strengthening Horton’s presence and expertise in South Africa.
Established in 2003 and led by managing partner Brian Wasmuth, the Human Capital Group provides executive search services across a number of sectors in commerce and industry in South Africa. They include: pharmaceuticals, automotive manufacturing and components, mining, petrochemical, consumer goods, retail, banking, insurance, administration, corporate risk management and corporate insurance broking, and non-governmental/public.
Mr. Wasmuth comes to Horton with over 15 years of search experience in handling top-level and middle management executive search assignments across a range of industry sectors. He has also consulted broadly as an organization development specialist and executive coach. Mr. Wasmuth’s major geographical focus is South Africa, but he has worked for companies in Southern Africa, East Africa, West Africa as well as the Middle East.
“The addition of such an established partner to Horton International for South Africa further underpins our global strategy to ensure our clients receive the best worldwide knowledge and expertise tailored to the local market,” said Ross Eades, CEO of Horton. “This demonstrates our continued determination to expand our capabilities across all major global economies as well as our commitment to new and emerging markets.”
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Mr. Wasmuth said the Human Capital Group was looking forward to introducing the executive talent that is prevalent in South Africa to multinational partners and companies operating in South Africa. “We at the Human Capital Group have a keen understanding of the socio-economic and geopolitical dynamic in sub-Saharan Africa and as such we are ideally placed to introduce our international partners and clients to competent executive talent in South Africa,” he said.
Per Jerndahl, regional director EMEA of Horton, said the Human Capital team would further strengthen his firm’s global footprint. “In our initial discussions, Brian and his organization have proven their business-oriented mindset together with a client-centric approach that corresponds to our values and beliefs in how we add customer value when delivering top talent to our clients,” he said. “In addition, the Human Capital Group has a well proven capability and excellent reputation for advising top executives in organizational development, which will add value to our group.”
The economy of Africa consists of trade, industry, finance, construction and agriculture. According to recruiters expdning in the region, business is booming, and a number of search firms therefore have continued their migration to the continent. The South African economy is one with 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, amongst others.
With offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, Horton is a global senior level recruiting provider specializing in the management, consulting, finance, human resources, information technology, sales, marketing, manufacturing and engineering disciplines.
Last October, Horton opened an office in Lima, Peru. The firm chose Rossana Bayona to serve as managing partner of the location. Horton International Peru will provide executive search services across a number of sectors, including: consumer goods, food industries, fishing, mining, retail, manufacturing, automotive, distribution and logistics, airport services, consulting service, cosmetics, banking, construction, education, mass media and healthcare. Ms. Bayona has over 20 years of executive search experience in handling top-level and middle-management search assignments across a range of industry sectors.
In July, Horton opened an office in São Paulo, Brazil. Led by Hans Roberto Frenster, Horton International Brazil provides executive search services across a number of sectors, including agribusiness, automotive, energy, technology, pharmaceutical/life sciences, commodities, industry, food and beverage, transportation and luxury, among others. Mr. Frenster has nearly a decade of executive search experience and over 25 years of experience heading a wide range of companies, including family, private and public, medium and large, as well as local and international enterprises.
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