January 18, 2011 – Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has opened a new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ewan Walton has been appointed principal and country manager. Mr. Walton has over 13 years experience in executive search and recruitment advisory in the EMEA region with a special focus on Saudi Arabia and the GCC. He was previously a partner and managing director of executive search at KPMG. Before that he co-established ITP Consulting in 2001, one of the first executive search firms in the GCC region. “The opening of our office in Riyadh and appointment of Ewan, who is recognized as one of the top professionals in the executive search industry in the Middle East, will give us a better understanding of the clients’ needs in the country, as well as the ability to provide them relevant and competent advice on the recruitment of senior professionals,” said Michael Al-Nassir, partner in charge of the Middle East, Africa & India (MEAI) region. Pedersen & Partners is an international executive search firm operating 41 wholly owned offices.