September 14, 2018 – Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has established a new office in Kuala Lumpur and named Peter Lisney as country manager for Malaysia.
Mr. Lisney previously founded and managed a boutique executive search firm in Kuala Lumpur specializing in mandates for senior-level executive positions across South East Asia and the Middle East. Over the past 15 years, he has developed strong expertise in partnering with clients across Southeast Asia to help them build high-performing leadership teams in the financial services, consumer products, shared services, life sciences and industrial segments.
“The new office signifies another step in our strategic development in Asia Pacific to further support our global clients, as they are increasingly seeking an integrated cross-border approach,” said Gary Williams, he firm’s deputy managing partner and head of Asia Pacific. “The Kuala Lumpur office is set to provide Malaysian businesses and multi-national corporations with the best available talent through our proven executive search process and the expertise of our team.”
“Peter’s international track record and network, leadership skills and entrepreneurial approach make him the perfect choice to manage our operations in Malaysia and continue providing the exceptional service to which our clients are accustomed,” he said.
Mr. Lisney lauded his new firm. “It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to join an organization that is aligned with the values of trust, relationship and professionalism, and promotes access to best leadership talent across emerging and developing markets,” he said. “I’m delighted to be part of Pedersen & Partners’ journey in Malaysia to deliver solutions for our clients which will make a meaningful impact on their growth.”
Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding urban areas form the most industrialized and economically the fastest growing region in Malaysia. It is a center for finance, insurance, real estate, media and the arts of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is rated as an alpha world city, and is the only global city in Malaysia, according to the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network. The service sector comprising finance, insurance, real estate, business services, wholesale and retail trade, restaurants and hotels, transport, storage and communication, utilities, personal services and government services is the largest component of Kuala Lumpur’s employment, representing about 83 percent of the total.
Pedersen & Partners operates 56 wholly-owned offices in 52 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Mr. Pedersen, who has been conducting executive search assignments since 1995, has completed over 700 searches.
Over the past year, Pedersen & Partners has expanded its footprint in various parts of the globe:
Just recently, the firm opened an office in Zürich and named Thomas Heeger as the country manager for Switzerland. Mr. Heeger has been working in executive search since 2009. He was previously the managing partner for Switzerland for boutique firm DELTACON Executive Search &.Recruiting, where he focused on the life sciences sector.
The firm also named Mark Paviour as its country manager for the U.K. He joined Pedersen & Partners from Egon Zehnder, where he worked for 24 years in the U.K. and the Middle East. During his tenure there, he served on the global financial services practice group leadership team, ran the asset/wealth management and sovereign wealth fund practices and participated in the …
In addition, it expanded with the addition of Simon Mansfield to its London team as a client partner within its industrial practice and global head of its defense search practice. Mr. Mansfield has decades of in-depth expertise in the developing and emerging markets, recruiting board members for global firms.
The firm also appointed Keith Labbett as a client partner in Canada. Over the course of two decades, Mr. Labbett has placed hundreds of executive leaders and built teams across all management functions, focusing on upper management to C-level positions. Previously, Mr. Labbett spent two years as partner with DHR International in Toronto.
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