May 25, 2018 – Summit Recruitment & Search and Kama Kazi Africa Ltd. have merged to become the largest recruitment firm in East Africa, offering staffing solutions across the African continent at all levels.
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Summit has primarily conducted executive search assignments in a large variety of specialized sectors, serving clients across East Africa, South Africa and greater Africa. Kama Kazi, which will take on the Summit name, has traditionally been strong in the hospitality, real estate, tech and NGO fields, recruiting for junior to mid-level roles and offering staffing solutions to clients across East Africa.
The merger strengthens both firms offerings and provides for greater depth and breadth within the industry and geographic specialization across the African continent. “As we expand our reach and capabilities, key to us is that we will stay true to our mission of delivering international standards with local expertise, with the same personal touch that we have always offered our candidates and clients,” said Summit Recruitment & Search.
A New Location
The firm’s headquarters, which will remain in Karen, Nairobi, will continue to specialize in senior executive search assignments. A new office in Westlands, Nairobi will focus primarily on recruitment and staffing solutions. The firm has additional offices in the U.K. and South Africa.
Some of the firm’s key personnel include: Sue Withers, managing director (executive search, talent sourcing); Deborah Beaton, managing director (recruitment, staffing solutions); Bree Bichanga, executive talent sourcing manager (tech/IT, telecoms, engineering, agri, agritech); Kate Mbithe, senior executive search consultant (agri, legal, marcoms, financial institutions/private equity, C-suite); Grace Kamau, finance manager/senior consultant (tech/IT, fiscal, heavy equipment manufacturing/steel); Lena Rymer-Rythen, senior executive search consultant (hospitality and tourism, renewable energy/power, manufacturing, FMCG); Hellen Nduta, senior executive search/recruitment consultant (healthcare, NGOs, logistics, renewable energy); Jackson Mwosya, senior recruitment consultant (hospitality, security and senior sales and marketing); Alice Namatsi, recruitment consultant (sales, marketing, business development, HR, agri, automotive); Irene Akinyi, recruitment consultant (HR, administration, accounting) and office manager; Caroline Mbugua, junior recruitment consultant (general, retail); and Sylvia Nyambura, junior recruitment consultant (administration, finance, culinary arts, hospitality).
An Active Region
The economy of Africa consists of trade, industry and agriculture. The Middle East / North Africa region has a population of over 400 million in 22 countries. Opposing views on politics, history, religion, culture and economic fortunes are vast and well known in the region. Older more traditional economies, like Egypt, now sit alongside the relatively new emerging economies established on the back of crude oil and natural gas production.
According to recruiters expanding in the region, business is booming and a number of search firms therefore have continued their migration to the continent. Here is an overview of activity from the Hunt Scanlon Media news archives:
Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 75 offices in 48 countries throughout Asia, EMEA and the Americas remains in growth mode. Its newest member firm is Woodburn Mann in South Africa.
Led by managing partner Andrew Woodburn, Woodburn Mann was established in 1982 in Johannesburg. It serves a range of clients across southern and sub-Saharan Africa. With a staff team of 25, the firm offers client-focused processes and services to the most prominent African businesses, as well as government parastatal operations, multi-national subsidiaries and entrepreneurial ventures. Its services include executive and non-executive search, board reviews and succession planning, executive coaching and leadership assessment and development. The firm will now operate as Amrop Woodburn Mann.
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International consulting and search firm ALSpective Group has expanded in Africa with the addition of Helmi Brinis as managing partner and advisor in Tunisia.
“Helmi Brinis has a wealth of experience in advising executives, including financial management and human resources in international groups and SMEs,” said Albert Hiribarrondo, president of the ALSpective Group. “We are proud to welcome him as a partner and advisor within our team, and we look forward to the development of our group, in Tunisia and in Africa.”
Mr. Brinis, who has more than 20 years of experience in major Tunisian and international groups, has focused on searches within financial management and human resources. Since 2011, he led his own consulting firm, which specialized in HR. Mr. Brinis has managed several direct search recruitment mandates and conducted numerous organizational and HR policy consulting assignments, such as strategic consulting assignments, for Tunisian or foreign companies and groups.
Global executive search group, Horton International with over 40 offices in 30 countries, announced that the Human Capital Group has joined the group, significantly strengthening Horton International’s presence and expertise as a global leader in retained executive search in South Africa.
Established in 2003 and led by managing partner Brian Wasmuth, The Human Capital Group provides executive search services across a number of sectors in commerce and industry in South Africa, including the pharmaceutical industry, the automotive manufacturing industry, the automotive components industry, the mining industry, the petrochemical industry, fast-moving consumer goods, retail, banking, general insurance, life insurance, healthcare insurance and administration, corporate risk management and corporate insurance broking, the non-governmental sector as well as the public sector.
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