TRANSEARCH Opens New Office in Istanbul, Turkey

January 11, 2024 – TRANSEARCH International has expanded in the Middle East and Africa region with the opening of a new office in Istanbul, Turkey. The firm has named Murat Öztürk as managing partner to lead the office. “We are delighted to expand into Turkey,” said Celeste Whatley, CEO of TRANSEARCH International. “Having a presence in Turkey again is a significant milestone for us as Turkey is a regional power with a geopolitically significant strategic location. Murat’s leadership and expertise will undoubtedly contribute to our continued success in the region.”

With 15 years in executive search, Mr. Öztürk has specialized in senior leadership appointments across various sectors, including consumer goods, technology, business & professional services, life sciences, and industrial. His track record includes over 300 completed executive search mandates spanning Turkey, the Middle East, and CIS Countries. Before joining TRANSEARCH, Mr. Öztürk served as a partner at the International Executive Search Federation, a European executive search network, for seven years. His earlier roles as consultant & client manager at Amrop in Istanbul provided him with experience in managing regional and international consulting assignments, particularly in the consumer goods practice.

“I am thrilled to join the TRANSEARCH family, as my dedication to excellence, integrity, and values seamlessly align with this esteemed organization,” said Mr. Öztürk. “TRANSEARCH Turkey will adopt a global boutique approach in executive search and leadership consulting projects, mirroring the mission of our global offices. While our Turkish office will be an integral part of the South Europe Region, we will also foster close collaboration with our well-established Middle East office in Dubai.”

“In positioning our new office in Istanbul, TRANSEARCH underscores its significance as a crucial business center, particularly for cross-border executive selection and placement projects,” Mr. Öztürk said. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to Ulrich Ackermann, chairman; Celeste Whatley, CEO; and the esteemed members of the global council.”

TRANSEARCH International Turkey operates as a generalist firm across all industries, with a specific focus on the consumer goods & retail, digital business, life sciences, and industrial practice groups.

Turkey has the world’s 17th largest gross domestic product and is among the founding members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Turkish brands like Beko and Vestel are among the largest producers of consumer electronics and home appliances in Europe, and invest a substantial amount of funds for research and development in new technologies related to these fields. Other key sectors of the Turkish economy are banking, construction, home appliances, electronics, textiles, oil refining, petrochemical products, food, mining, iron and steel, and machine industry.

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TRANSEARCH is a global search firm with representation in all of the major economic capitals, with about 60 offices in over 40 countries. It was founded in 1982 and today completes more than 1,500 senior executive search assignments a year. Its global client base is in the financial services, technology, consumer and retail, life sciences, and industrial and resources sectors.

Recent Growth

TRANSEARCH recently added Involved Partners in Helsingborg, Sweden as its newest member firm. Peter Ohman joined TRANSEARCH as senior consultant and manager. Mr. Ohman focuses on serving the industrial, utility/power, and FMCG market sectors. With a wealth of experience in both management and consultancy roles, Mr. Ohman brings a track record of catalyzing organizational, business, and HR transformations within complex organizations. His started his executive search and leadership assessment career in 2012 and since that time has provided strategic advice and services to Swedish international companies and corporate groups. Additionally, Mr. Ohman has gained experience from leadership positions in human resources and consultancy roles at esteemed companies such as EON and Accenture.

TRANSEARCH also recently expanded its reach in Asia with the acquisition of Asianet Consultants, an executive search firm in Hong Kong with offices in Shanghai and Guangzhou. Hunt Scanlon Ventures served as a strategic advisor to Asianet Consultants. “We are delighted to welcome Mark and the team to TRANSEARCH,” said Celeste Whatley, CEO of TRANSEARCH. “Not only do their values echo our own, but their in-depth understanding of the China and Hong Kong markets and steadfast commitment to exceptional client service further solidify our global approach.”

“By partnering with Asianet Consultants, TRANSEARCH will be able to offer its clients a wider range of services and resources and better serve their human capital needs in Asia and around the world,” the firm said. “TRANSEARCH International’s global footprint, worldwide search capabilities, and its Orxestra hiring methodology combined with Asianet Consultants’ local market knowledge and executive relationships will provide clients with powerful business growth solutions.”

Asianet Consultants’ talent acquisition services include executive search and hiring of C-suite leaders, division heads, and middle to senior management for companies ranging from multi-nationals to local enterprises. The firm works with leaders at all levels to enhance their skills, engagement, and performance for sustainable success.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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