August 5, 2015 – IIC Partners has added Dubai-based executive recruiters Envision Partnership as its newest member firm, expanding the organization’s footprint in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). Envision Partnership becomes IIC Partners’ only partner firm located in the United Arab Emirates and sixth executive search firm accepted this year to full membership status. IIC Partners Executive currently has 53 affiliate offices in 35 countries. Founded in 1997 and based in Dubai since 2005, Envision Partnership is an executive search and leadership consulting firm. With nearly two decades of experience, the firm provides knowledge and insight on leadership, and industry & talent trends to clients ranging from major international companies to new emerging companies across the MENA region. Envision Partnership specializes in senior-level executive searches, board director appointments, succession planning, human resources solutions and leadership consulting.
“We know and acknowledge the strengths of IIC Partners and its exceptional members,” said Dr. Nairouz Bader, chief executive officer of Envision Partnership. “It is an honor to integrate with IIC Partners and strengthen our offerings to our clients in the MENA region and beyond.”
Christine Hayward, executive director of IIC Partners, said: “I am very excited that Envision Partnership has joined IIC Partners. The opportunity to further explore and deepen our knowledge of the MENA region will significantly enhance IIC Partners’ capabilities across all industries and services. I look forward to our partners building stronger ties in the Middle East and broadening our global perspective with Envision Partnership’s prestigious reputation in the region.”
According to research compiled by search industry tracking firm Hunt Scanlon Media, recruiters are increasingly managing mandates across the Middle East. “Dubai has become a critical and strategic hub for recruiters, particularly those managing client accounts from London,” said Scott A. Scanlon, founding chairman and CEO.
“The Middle East has historically been a highly restrictive and insular marketplace,” said Mr. Scanlon. “But the recent opening up of Saudi Arabia’s markets to outside investors has broken the recruitment market wide open.” Professional level workers across a myriad of sectors — from transportation, construction & infrastructure, petroleum & gas, and banking — are increasingly in demand.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media