IMD International Search Group Adds New Member Firm in Singapore

June 24, 2019 – Global executive search consortium IMD International Search Group has expanded in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of I Search Worldwide in Singapore.

Singapore sits at the crossroads of the world’s largest and fastest growing region straddling China, India and the ASEAN countries. A modern cosmopolitan city with a strong reputation as a major player in the global economic map, Singapore is a regional hub to large U.S. and European multinational corporations as well as headquarters to numerous growing enterprises in the technology, financial services and healthcare sectors.

Richard Hoon is an expert in this rapidly growing market in which he founded I Search Worldwide in 2002 after having been in the search business for almost 25 years. Prior to becoming a search consultant, he was a senior corporate executive managing commercially operating businesses. A mechanical engineer by training with an MBA degree, Mr. Hoon has a diversified corporate experience ranging from the oil and gas, electronics, pharmaceuticals, tourism, financial services and the healthcare services sectors.

Today, the I Search Worldwide team operate mainly in the following industry practices: consumer, supply chain, manufacturing, healthcare, engineering and business services sectors.

“I am pleased to be able to add to the expertise and growing presence of our IMD family,” said Mr. Hoon. “From our office in Singapore, we intend to help our Asian client companies identify top performing talents to help grow their organizations globally but also to help IMD clients who wishes to establish and expand their foothold in the Asia Pacific region.”

“Richard made a big impression on all of us during his first IMD meeting in Paris”, said Matthias Mohr, IMD president and managing partner of Dr. Heimeier & Partner. “He immediately found his place in our organization and we all trust his membership will be successful.”

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Founded in 1972, IMD International Search Group is one of the top 15 global search organizations with more than 40 offices in major markets and business centers throughout the world. Its executive search professionals, many of whom held senior positions in the industry sectors they now serve, conduct hundreds of senior-level searches for clients worldwide each year.


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IMD recently elected a new board member and prolonged the mandate of two others at its annual general assembly in Paris. Simona Cremascoli, partner at Milan-based member firm Carter & Benson, joins the IMD board as director in charge of internal communication.

A few months back, IMD added Spain-based executive search firm Robert Allen as a member firm. Robert Allen, established in 1989, has offices in Barcelona and Madrid. The four managing partners — Miguel de Gomis, Javier Beneyto, Joaquin de Juan and Pedro Torrabadella — cover a large range of practices: industrial and manufacturing (along with automotive), consumer goods, retail, technology, financial services and life sciences. Besides executive search, Robert Allen also offers services such as management audit and board assessment, and provides help to family-owned companies with succession planning and professionalization.

Dr. Mohr, IMD president and managing partner of Dr. Heimeier & Partner, said the consortium was proud to have Robert Allen join the fold. “This is a very solid firm with experienced partners offering high quality services to their clients,” he said.

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

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