March 18, 2019 – 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 strengthened its presence in the Middle East with the opening of a new office in Dubai.
Horton International began its presence in the region by opening an office in Bahrain in 2014. “As a result of cumulative years of success within the region and in line with the firm’s planned regional expansion, the launch of the UAE office came in to fruition,” the firm said. Through the UAE office, the firm hopes to better serve its multinational clients who have their MENA regional offices in the UAE.
In addition, Horton plans to build on its regional client base in the UAE, said the firm. Its regional team is led by managing partners Maneesh Ajmani and Hazem Al Shaikh Mubarak. Mr. Maneesh has more than 18 years of experience working across North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He has worked with companies in a variety of industry sectors. Mr. Al Shaikh Mubarak, for his part, has over 17 years experience with blue chip regional institutions and extensive relationships with business leaders and C-level executives in corporations across the Gulf Corporation Council.
“The Middle East has been an important region for the expansion of Horton International’s activities,” said Mr. Al Shaikh Mubarak. “Our knowledge, experience and the network of contacts we have built in the international markets over the years is a significant value-add for our clients across the Middle East. We are global in our standards of excellence yet local in our understanding of our client needs which, our clients consider to be very important specifically in our region.’
“Organizations around the world trust Horton International to manage their talent,” said Mr. Ajmani, who serves as Horton’s regional director for EMEA. “The team’s past operational experience, deep understanding of the region and strong network with business leaders across the region, helps us better understand our client’s perspective and deliver more effectively on their talent acquisition and development needs. In addition, Horton International’s global resources provides clients access to contacts and industry expertise from around the world.”
One of the world’s fastest growing economies, Dubai’s current gross domestic product is projected at $107.1 billion. The Persian Gulf and its coastal areas are the world’s largest single source of crude oil, and related industries dominate the region, making it a hotbed of activity for search firms with an eye on expansion.
“I’m very proud of the addition of the Dubai office which further underpins our global growth strategy and our continued determination to expand our capacity in all major economies of the world,” said Andreas Wartenburg, chairman of Horton International
With offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Horton is a global senior-level recruitment provider specializing in the management, consulting, finance, human resources, information technology, sales, marketing, manufacturing and engineering disciplines.
Horton recently added executive search firm Performan Group in Hungary. Performan Group was founded in 2003 by managing partners Sandor Szekely and Erika Gombos and provides executive search and leadership consulting services across consumer products and services, financial services, industrial life sciences and healthcare supply chain, logistics and transport and natural resources. Mr. Szekely leads the executive search business for the firm while Ms. Gombos is in charge of its leadership development practice.
Horton also expanded in South Africa with the addition of Human Capital Group. 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.
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