September 30, 2010 – Executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has expanded to Nigeria and appointed Chinedu Duru as country manager, based in Lagos. The move is in alignment with the firm’s strategy to grow in the African continent, and Lagos is the second office opening after Johannesburg, South Africa. “Our clients are actively investing in African markets due to considerable economic potential of this region, and it is our commitment to be present locally, to provide competent advice to our clients and use our regional expertise in attracting the best talent to lead our clients’ organisations,” said Michael Al-Nassir, Partner in charge of the Middle East, Africa & India (MEAI) region. “I am excited to welcome Chinedu to our senior team and I am confident that our clients will benefit from the combination of Chinedu’s executive search experience in West Africa and our unparalleled international reach.” Mr. Duru, who will lead Pedersen & Partners in Nigeria, joins the firm with over 25 years’ experience in telecommunications, food industry, human resources and management consulting. Previously, he was managing consultant at Stanton Chase International in Nigeria and previously, he headed the Abuja and Northern Nigeria operations of an HR firm in Africa with presence in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.