September 30, 2016 – Executive search firm NGS Global has opened a new office in Istanbul, Turkey. Can Onen will serve as managing partner of the new location. Mr. Onen has extensive experience conducting C-level and senior leadership search assignments for global and domestic companies from a broad range of industries, including energy, advanced technology, telecom, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), retail, automotive and private equity.
Prior to joining NGS Global, he was a managing partner for Turkey at Alexander Hughes. He spent his early career working in investor relations for global consulting firms such as Grayling and the Anne McBride Company. Mr. Onen also served as vice president of finance for Sabanci Holding.
Why Turkey? Why Not
“Turkey is an increasingly important economy on the world stage and a country where many of our global clients have executive human capital requirements,” said David Nosal, chairman at NGS Global. “We are delighted to welcome Can to NGS Global and have him leading our strategy in Turkey.”
Turkey has the world’s 17th largest gross domestic product and is among the founding members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The country has a sizeable automotive industry, which produced over 1.3 million motor vehicles in 2015, ranking as the 14th largest producer in the world.
Turkish brands like Beko and Vestel are among the largest producers of consumer electronics and home appliances in Europe, and invest a substantial amount of funds for research and development in new technologies related to these fields. Other key sectors of the Turkish economy are banking, construction, home appliances, electronics, textiles, oil refining, petrochemical products, food, mining, iron and steel, and machine industry.
“I am excited to introduce NGS Global’s unique value proposition to the Turkish market,” said Mr. Onen. “NGS Global has developed a worldwide reputation for its commitment to client service and ability to offer the resources of the major global brands, along with significantly improved candidate access through its mid-sized platform.”
Elsewhere In the World
With offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, NGS Global boasts a consultant team with expertise and broad networks in a variety of industries and functional areas.
Aside from this latest move, the firm recently added Gary Lazzarotto as managing partner and Alex Burr as senior associate in Sydney, Australia.
Mr. Lazzarotto brings to the firm over 20 years of experience across the APAC region in the insurance and human resources industry in roles from consultant to CEO. He has completed numerous executive search assignments, including CEO, CFO, CIO and COO appointments, for ASX listed, private and start up organizations in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. He was previously managing partner at Glasford International.
Mr. Burr’s background includes a number of regional CEO/CIO roles and senior technology roles for leading international IT and financial services providers throughout Australia and Asia, and in particular Japan, where he lived for 14 years. He was previously a partner with Glasford International.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media