October 10, 2018 – Signium Africa, global search consortium Signium’s African business unit, has partnered with Riverwaves, a global provider of optimization of “people capability” through the customization of competency-driven HR models.
Following in-depth exposure to Riverwaves’ intellectual property (IP) and proprietary modeling tools, “Signium Africa is positioned to apply its partner’s globally respected competency framework, build internal capability and develop HR solutions specifically crafted to meet the unique needs of each client company, at every organizational level,” said the search firm.
The firm has offered competency-based services for some time, said Michelle Moss, director, leadership consulting, at Johannesburg-based Signium Africa. “Now the partnership with Riverwaves enables us to deliver world-leading competency solutions that have been proven internationally across multiple industries and deliver measurable benefits, no matter what the nature of the team or level of responsibility,” she said.
“Access to innovative IP of this quality meets a huge need as the challenge in South Africa and so many countries across the continent is to make the most of available talent, either through internal development or external recruitment,” said Ms. Moss. “The competency fit has to be optimized and Riverwaves models are designed to do just that.”
Hisham El Badawy, non-executive board member of Riverwaves, said he was enthusiastic about the new venture. “The relationship with the seasoned professionals at Signium Africa opens up exciting opportunities in a region with boundless potential,” he said. “Many markets in sub-Saharan Africa show significant growth, creating challenges for business and state enterprises.”
The partnership offers tremendous possibilities, said Mr. El Badawy. “Unlock the potential of the people of sub-Saharan Africa and you unlock the potential of the region as a whole,” he said. “Worldwide experience over more than 20 years tells us the key is professionally implemented competency-based HR solutions with the capacity to invigorate both the individual and the organization. The link-up with Signium Africa gives us the ability to roll out those solutions via a reputable partner with intimate knowledge of the region.”
Signium has 45 offices in 30 countries serving clients in the Americas, Europe/ Middle East/ Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions. The firm delivers talent acquisition and management solutions for global companies across industry sectors, including consumer goods, financial services, technology, industrial, life sciences and professional services.
Signium has been expanding in other regions around the globe as well. Here’s a look at the firm’s most recent movement from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
In May, Signium named Annelize van Rensburg as leader of its global consumer goods and services practice. “Ms. van Rensburg is fulfilling a critical role as successful practice groups are a key part of Signium’s strategy and consumer goods and services accounts.
Signium also added Emeric Lepoutre & Partners as a partner in Paris. The firm’s Emeric Lepoutre, Béatrice Follea and Sylvie Maillot were all partners with Heidrick & Struggles in France 15 years ago. After taking different routes (respectively at Spencer Stuart, Signium and Eric Salmon), all three re-joined to create Emeric Lepoutre & Partners in 2015.
In addition, the organization it opened a new office in Seoul, South Korea. The office provides search and leadership consulting services for Korean local conglomerate and multinational corporations. Mann-Hyun Han was named managing partner of Signium Korea. Prior to joining Signium, Mr. Mann-Hyun has over 20 years of consulting experience in Korea and the U.S.
Signium also added partners Felipa Xara-Brasil and Joana Proença de Carvalho in Portugal and Alberto Chico in Spain. Ms. Xara-Brasil was one of the founders of Heidrick & Struggles in Portugal. Ms. Proença was partner at Fesa, an executive search firm in Brazil.
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