November 25, 2015 – Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has opened a new office in Lisbon, Portugal. This is the firm’s 34th established office in Europe, and follows the recent launches of offices in the U.S. and Mexico.
Margarita Hernández will serve as the firm’s country manager for Portugal and will also oversee executive search engagements in Angola. She joins Pedersen & Partners from Accenture, where she conducted management consulting assignments across Europe and Africa over the last 18 years. She has worked with Fortune Global 500 & 100 and mid-cap organizations, covering organizational and human capital management consulting, with deep knowledge in international transformational projects.
“Over recent years, we have registered a significant demand for senior search mandates from our international clients growing their operations in Africa. Given our experience and our extensive footprint across both emerging and established markets, having a dedicated counterpart in Portugal will make a significant difference for our clients,” said Martin Pike, managing director of Sub-Saharan Africa region at Pedersen & Partners.
“With the financial crisis subsiding, the flow of business opportunities in the Iberian peninsula is robust, while Africa, with its constant and dynamic growth, holds immense potential,” said Alvaro Arias, partner in charge of Iberia and Latin America at Pedersen & Partners. “We are delighted to have Margarita at the helm of our Portuguese operations, and connecting our regional and global clients to Angola and thus deeper into Africa. We are confident that this new appointment further consolidates our strategic positioning, advancing our firm’s footprint and prominence.”
Pedersen & Partners recently opened its first office in the U.S., establishing a presence in Houston. COO and partner Darcie Murray serves as the firm’s head of North America. She has worked with Pedersen & Partners since 2006, and she returned to the U.S. after spending the last 10 years living and working in Europe, during which she played a key role in implementing the firm’s global growth strategy. Chris Barrett, client partner and head of energy for North America, and client partner David Sanchez recently joined the Houston office.
The firm also opened a new office in Mexico City. Luis Miguel Vilatela joined the firm as the country manager for Mexico and head the Mexico City office. This became Pedersen & Partners’ seventh established office in the Americas, following the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.
Pedersen & Partners currently operates 56 wholly owned offices in 52 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia & the Americas.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media