November 21, 2022 – ZRG Partners has opened a new office in Dubai which will be led by Natalie Sleiman, managing director and EMEA lead for the firm’s professional and technology services practice. The firm now has team members positioned in key global markets on five continents. “UAE is a crucial financial and cultural hub,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “Our team here is ready to deliver ZRG’s data driven talent advisory service to clients in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, alongside our colleagues in the Americas, Europe, and Australia.”
“Natalie Sleiman brings an outstanding record of leadership in the tech sector to ZRG,” said Abe Doctor, managing partner and global professional and technology services practice group leader. “Her knowledge of the business landscape of the Middle East will help our clients worldwide as we build in this vital market.”
“The firm brings deep expertise in numerous industry verticals,” said Ms. Sleiman. “Cross-border, cross-industry, and cross-cultural collaboration are all part of what makes ZRG special, and we’re eager to serve our clients’ talent needs here and across the globe.”
Ms. Sleiman has specialized experience in placements of CxO/senior leadership roles within technology, advisory, and PAAS-growth stage companies. Prior to joining ZRG, she led as partner, head of technology and professional services for MENA. Ms. Sleiman is passionate about the tech start-up scene and its disruptive potential, She has a special interest in supporting female-founded tech start-ups and heads the Middle East chapter of She Loves Tech (NGO), dubbed as the world’s largest women in tech pitch competition.
One of the world’s fastest growing economies, Dubai’s current gross domestic product is projected at $107.1 billion. The Persian Gulf and its coastal areas are the world’s largest single source of crude oil, and related industries dominate the region, making it a hotbed of activity for search firms with an eye on expansion.
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ZRG, founded in 1999, is a progressive mid-sized global executive search firm. With the financial backing of private equity investor RFE Investment Partners, ZRG is among the fastest growing firms in the search industry. It provides a full suite of executive, middle-management, and customized search solutions through its offices in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. The firm finds leaders across a broad spectrum of business markets, including aerospace, consumer, education, healthcare services and solutions, industrial, life sciences, non-profit, private equity and venture capital, and technology.
ZRG Partners recently expanded with the addition of Natalie Sleiman as managing director in Dubai and will serve as its EMEA lead, further expanding the firm’s data-driven platform and global presence in the region. She joins the firm’s professional and technology services practice. “Through her track record of successful executive placements and her steadfast commitment to supporting rising executive talent, Natalie has proven herself a passionate talent expert,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “She will be a tremendous asset as ZRG continues to expand within the Middle East and the greater EMEA region.”
ZRG’s expanded service offerings include organizational culture assessment, consulting and transformation through their Walking the Talk division. Their Brimstone Consulting division further adds leadership alignment and acceleration, bringing clients an end-to-end talent solution. The company also serves clients in over two dozen industry and functional practices, including media, sports and entertainment firms, TurnkeyZRG and Sucherman Group.
ZRG Partners recently opened a new office in Munich and named Ralph von Pallandt as managing director to spearhead a new location. He also furthers the firm’s reach into Germany and Europe. “With his great success as a CHRO across multiple countries for General Motors and SVP for Allianz in Europe and the U.S., Ralph brings a unique perspective to his search practice,” said Mr. Hartmann. “As he joins a growing team of search consultants in Germany, we are excited for him to establish the Munich office and look forward to his successful engagements to come across Europe and beyond.”
Mr. von Pallandt has previously worked in Germany, the U.K., and the U.S. Before joining ZRG, he founded Pallandt & CIE – Holding, a boutique executive search company where he also served as managing director. Mr. von Pallandt joins ZRG’s global industrial and financial services practices and will also lend his insights to CHRO search engagements. “I was first drawn to the firm by the collaborative approach to every search and advisory engagement,” said Mr. von Pallandt.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media