IIC Partners Adds New Member Firm in South Africa

December 22, 2023 – IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has added Drayton Glendower in Johannesburg, South Africa as its newest member firm. “We are thrilled to welcome Drayton Glendower to IIC Partners,” said Christine Hayward, executive director of IIC Partners. “Their remarkable standing in South Africa and track record across sub–Saharan Africa enhance our global reach and introduce highly valued knowledge and expertise to our collaborative network. Their proven success in board and executive search across multiple sectors, coupled with their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion align perfectly with our mission to deliver exceptional leadership solutions worldwide. We look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead.”

Drayton Glendower, a boutique leadership advisory and executive search firm with a presence in South Africa and Ghana, provides services across multiple sectors at the board and C-suite levels. Drayton Glendower champions diversity, equity, and inclusion, a level one B-BBEE status (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment), and is a female-led and owned firm. Drayton Glendower’s services include board and executive search, leadership assessment, and executive coaching. With over 80 years of combined global executive search experience, the firm has local and international networks.


“Joining IIC Partners marks a pivotal chapter in our journey,” said Keamogetse Mokhobo-Amegashie, managing partner at Drayton Glendower. “It’s not just an expansion; it’s a fusion of our strategic excellence with global expertise from over 40 offices worldwide. Our market-leading consultants at Drayton Glendower now have access to enhanced candidate networks, global industry trends, and unrivalled leadership expertise. We’re excited to partner on cross-border search assignments, learn from diverse experiences across the IIC Partners network, and bring our unique approach to executive search and leadership advisory to an expanded client base.”

Ms. Mokhobo-Amegashie has more than 25 years broad consulting experience working for global professional services firms. She leads the executive search capability globally. In addition to her search work in South Africa, Ms. Mokhobo-Amegashie has knowledge of the sub-Saharan business landscape and has supported clients in a range of industries across the region and internationally. She has partnered with organizations in the public and private sectors, at both board and senior executive levels.

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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 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, among others.

IIC Partners Makes Global Board Appointments
IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has elected Oliver Schmitt and reappointed Vanessa Dalas to the board of directors. They were elected during the IIC Partners’ AGM held in October and will serve a three-year term. “Oliver Schmitt and Vanessa Dalas are highly accomplished global leaders who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to IIC Partners,” said Christine Hayward, executive director of IIC Partners. “Mr. Schmitt’s role in uniting our global members through key initiatives and by hosting our global conference and AGM is highly commendable. We look forward to him bringing this collaborative drive to the board. Vanessa Dalas has had a powerful impact during a successful three-year term on the board, and we’re excited to see her build on this success. These appointments will further enhance our ability to deliver exceptional results for our clients around the world.”

IIC Partners specializes in executive search and leadership consulting services. The group has 39 independently owned and managed member firms with more than 450 consultants in 42 cities across 29 countries. Areas of sector specialization include industrial, financial services, consumer and retail, energy, life sciences, technology, board, higher education, infrastructure, and human resources.

New Leader

Last month, IIC Partners appointed Jouko Pitkänen as global practice group leader for consumer markets. “Jouko’s extensive experience and unique insights make him a valued addition to our practice group leadership,” said Renee Arrington, president and chief operating officer at Pearson Partners International and IIC Partners board liaison for practice groups. “His appointment underscores our commitment to attracting top talent to lead our global communities of industry experts. We look forward to leveraging our expanded capabilities in consumer markets to achieve exceptional results for our clients.”

Mr. Pitkänen is a senior partner at JFP Executive Search, providing a full range of services from executive and board search to talent assessment and career advisory for public and private organizations. With a background in retail, FMCG, and consumer services, he brings expertise and an understanding of disruptive industries to the role. His insights are grounded in over 15 years of experience at an international retail organization where he operated at the C-suite level with expertise in strategic transformation, digitalization, change management, organizational design, turnarounds, and efficiency improvement.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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