January 11, 2010 – U.K.-headquartered recruitment consultancy firm VMA Group has named Oskar Yasar, currently managing director of VMA Search, as managing director of VMA International where he will spearhead the expansion of VMA Group's offices in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia. As part of the firm’s strategy to develop its international network and to grow its existing operations, VMA is recruiting new consultants to penetrate global markets. Over the past three years VMA's U.K. offices in London and Manchester grew to nearly 60 staff; the firm now plans to expand its U.K. operations extensively. To that end, Claire Tuffin has become managing director of VMA Group U.K. She is tasked with growing VMA's existing practice areas and identifying new opportunities within the business. “Our ambitions have always centered on providing our clients and candidates with the best level of service, which we have developed successfully for more than 30 years, coupled with the strategy to develop new practice areas within new territories,” said Julia Meighan, CEO of VMA Group. “The recent downturn hasn't dented our passion for the industry and our energy, in fact it has highlighted the importance our clients and candidates place on quality. It is with this support from our community that we now have the confidence to move onto the international stage and to grow substantially our U.K. operations – we are confident that what we have created here in the U.K. is transportable as we believe strongly in the internationalization of PR and corporate communications.” With over 30 years in the search, VMA Group is a specialist recruitment consultancy for the public relations, corporate communications and investor relations professions.