Kestria Adds New Member Firm in South Africa

May 16, 2024 – Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, has added Edge Executive Search in South Africa as its newest member firm. “In our continuous effort to strengthen and expand our alliance into critical markets, we are excited about our new member firm in South Africa led by Janice Wagner,” said Katerina Meimaroglou, president of the Kestria executive board. “She shares the same values and aspirations, and we look forward to working with her and her team.”

“Edge is honored to join Kestria and collaborate with other members from around the world,” said Janice Wagner, founder and CEO of Edge and managing director, Kestria South Africa. “This new partnership offers Edge access to members’ global knowledge and expertise, providing it with new perspectives and the opportunity to come up with innovative solutions to achieve meaningful growth and impact, both locally and internationally.”

Specializing in talent acquisition, Ms. Wagner has provided services across various sectors including banking, financial services, professional advisory services, legal, telecommunications, information technology, FMCG, hospitality, manufacturing, and government & parastatals.

Kestria has partners in over 40 countries and 90 cities across Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The consortium has completed more than 40,000 assignments for more than 4,000 clients, from game-changing start-ups to major global players.

Kestria recently appointed Ms. Meimaroglou as president of the executive board. In addition, the consortium elected Japheth A. Worthy representing Kestria Japan: Apex. K.K., and Monicca Yan, managing director at Kestria China & Singapore: HR Partners as executive board members. They join Ms. Meimaroglou leading Kestria Greece: MEIHUNT, Michael Kantel, Kestria Germany: Friedrichs & Partners (re-elected), and Travis Hann, managing partner of Kestria Canada & USA: Pender & Howe.

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“Guided by strategic vision, driven by inclusion, built on trust, and focused on results – our path forward is one of collective achievement,” said Ms. Meimaroglou. “Together, we will deliver a future marked by progress and success for all.”

“Recognizing the appointment of our new executive board, I express deep gratitude to Rohan Carr (Kestria Australia: The Insight Group), the outgoing president, for his remarkable leadership over the past six years,” said Stepan Motejzik, Kestria global alliance director. “Under the guidance of our newly elected president, Katerina Meimaroglou, and the committed executive board, we are poised for continued success. Their dedication to fostering collaboration among our global partners is a testament to our commitment to making our clients and candidates stronger and future-ready.”

Agribusiness & Agriscience Growth

Kestria recently strengthened its agribusiness & agriscience practice group with the additions of Carlos Eduardo Staut, Constanza Ossa, and Pietro Borroni. “In an era where sustainable practices and technological advancements are reshaping industries, agribusiness stands at the forefront of a remarkable transformation,” Kestria said. “The rising demand for sustainable food production aligns with consumer awareness of environmental impacts. Agribusiness is at the forefront, adopting disruptive technologies to efficiently utilize resources and secure a sustainable future.”

“Our agribusiness and agriscience practice group is one of the fastest-growing expert teams within our global alliance,” said Patrick Westerburger, managing partner, Kestria Netherlands, Kestria agribusiness & agriscience global practice leader. “In 2023, we expanded into South America with specialists from Chile and Brazil, and in the EMEA region in Belgium. I am proud to announce that in 2024, we are further expanding in the EMEA region. Our Italian partner, Pietro Borroni, brings decades of experience in senior leadership roles within global agriculture and food companies. With this addition to our team, we will be well-equipped to handle the most complex and challenging executive search assignments anywhere in the world. We remain committed to delivering excellence in providing high-quality services to our clients in the agribusiness and agriscience sector.”

Related: Kestria Appoints Consumer & Retail Global Practice Leader

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


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