New Zealand Search Firms Join Forces

SandriWalsh and Rosenberg Executive Search merge SWR Group NZ

May 8, 2018 – New Zealand-headquartered executive search firms SandriWalsh Limited in Wellington and Rosenberg Executive Search Limited in Auckland have merged to create SWR Group NZ Limited.

SWR covers all leadership roles, permanent and contract, from directors and C-suite on down.

Directors Graeme Sandri and Tony Walsh as well as research consultant Suzannah Moller are based in Wellington, while director Tim Rosenberg and research consultant Nicole Walkinshaw are in Auckland.

“We have known and worked with Tim Rosenberg for many years, so when the opportunity arose over recent months to combine our operations we jumped at the chance,” said Mr. Sandri. “Together we are much stronger, offering clients a new level of search presence and capability right across New Zealand by harnessing a new approach to technology, collaboration and research.”

“With well-networked senior search experts on the ground backed by highly capable and collaborative research consultants, we engage at a level rarely seen in the search and recruitment industry,” he said.

Mr. Rosenberg said that SWR Group has invested heavily in its research capability and is committed to being at the forefront of the evolution of executive search. “Our experienced research consultants work locally and nationally, collaborating across the group on each opportunity,” he said. “We also reach out globally through our membership of the Taplow Group, which has 100-plus senior consultants in offices across Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.”

The firm further brings new levels of transparency to its mission, said Mr. Rosenberg: “We have created an innovative platform that demystifies the search process, offering 24/7 real-time, interactive information for everyone involved. The result: real transparency, open communication and visibility throughout the process.”

The Recruiters

Mr. Sandri’s human resources background includes senior roles for one of NZ’s largest banks. Prior to establishing SandriWalsh, he held various senior consultant and then general management roles for the Momentum Group over a period of 12 years. He has significant experience finding talent for CEO and senior-level roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Mr. Walsh, for his part, has extensive experience working with boards, CEOs and senior leadership teams to identify leadership talent across many different organizations. With a background in sales, marketing and management in national and international blue chip organizations, he has networks across a wide variety of markets, both commercial and governmental.

With a background in the property and finance industries, Mr. Rosenberg supports national and international clients in sourcing talent across a wide range of management and leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. He has an extensive network and experience in matching client needs with top professionals.

Recent Mergers

Executive search firms have seen a rise in mergers in recent months. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

San Francisco-headquartered Riviera Partners has merged with Alpha Advisors, a boutique search firm specializing in senior information technology and quantitative talent for financial services and technology clients. Its founder and executive search veteran Jeff Campbell has joined Riviera to drive continued expansion. He will lead Riviera Partners’ new Atlanta location.

FaithSearch Partners, an executive search firm for faith-based organizations, has merged with Halftime Talent Solutions, a recruitment firm that serves mission-motivated non-profit and for-profit clients. The union creates a wider resource base through their combined networks. Based in Dallas, the new search firm will operate under the FaithSearch Partners brand.

Consultants from three executive search firms have joined forces to launch a new search platform, HealthSearch Partners, specializing in identifying and placing transformational, mission-minded CEOs and senior leaders in healthcare systems. HealthSearch Partners combines the leadership of CES Executive Search, FaithSearch Partners and Southerland Partners.

CMP, a talent development and transition firm, has merged with Atlanta-based coaching firm The Frontier Group. Frontier, which has a 31-year track record of delivering individual career transition solutions, redeployment solutions and executive coaching, will operate under the CMP brand.

Orthopedic and spine-focused executive search firm Othoexecutive and Crowther Ballantyne Associates have merged. The collaboration of the U.K.-based operations brings together 33 years’ experience in executive search, and 18 years’ experience in the medical device industry in sales and marketing functions.

DES Recruitment has merged with U.K.-based Miramar Global Executive Search. For the past 15 years, DES Recruitment has identified and attracted senior-level executives for clients nationwide. Miramar Global has forged a reputation serving U.S. multinationals in the Americas as well as across EMEA and Asia.

Gibson Consultants, a recruiter that serves healthcare payers and digital health companies, has merged with its affiliate, Enterprise Recruiters, a recruiting firm also focused on digital health companies. The combined company, which will keep the Gibson Consultants name, has also opened an additional office in Wilmington, NC.

Asset management executive recruiters Grace Point Partners and BraddockMatthews have merged. The joint firm will continue to serve clients across traditional and alternative asset management, including hedge fund, private equity, endowment and foundation, and family office organizations. The firm will be known as BraddockMatthews and have offices in Manhattan and Boston.

Buffkin/ Baker recently merged New York-based WTW Associates into its expanding executive recruiting platform. WTW, a talent provider focused on the media, entertainment, technology and law industries, will integrate its operations into the Buffkin/Baker New York office. Warren Wasp becomes a partner in the firm, and will head its entertainment/ media practice.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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