Pedersen & Partners Strengthens Saudi and Gulf Presence


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Pedersen & Partners, the leading international executive search firm sets in motion plans to strengthen its Saudi and Gulf presence.  Ewan Walton, formerly Country Manager for Saudi Arabia, has been promoted to Head of Gulf Region; Amjed Shacker, who joined the firm in October 2011 as Principal, has been appointed as the new Country Head for Saudi Arabia based out of Riyadh.

“Amjed’s marketing and communications background makes for a logical fit with Pedersen & Partners, given the extent of his contacts, knowledge of the market, as well as understanding of the business development cycle needed in our industry. With Amjed on board as the new Country Manager and the promotion of Ewan to Head of Gulf Region, Pedersen & Partners is well positioned for further expansion in the region offering an international level of sophistication to clients with the needed local understanding of the market,” commented Michael Al-Nassir, Partner in charge of the Middle East, Africa & India (MEAI) region.

Ewan Walton has over 13 years of experience in Executive Search and Recruitment Advisory in the EMEA region with a special focus on Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. Before joining Pedersen & Partners, he was a Partner and the Managing Director at KPMG leading their Executive Search Practice. Prior to that, Mr. Walton co-founded in 2001 one of the first Executive Search firms in the GCC region, which grew to be the largest in the region at the point of its acquisition in 2006. He is highly experienced in Family Business, ICT, Real Estate Development & Construction, Financial Markets and Retail sectors, helping his clients hire senior Directors from Board level to CxO, as well as CxO direct reports and Advisors. Mr. Walton will continue to be based in Riyadh as he works on continued expansion and strengthening of the Pedersen & Partners presence regionally throughout the Gulf.

Amjed Shacker has a career spanning more than 20 years of strategic corporate communications and marketing services in Saudi Arabia with exposure to such sectors as investments, telecoms, real estate, education, healthcare, military training support, public sector, utilities among others.

Mr. Shacker’s career began as a News Anchor for Channel 2 of the Saudi Arabian Television in the late 80s, and was the Executive Manager of Corporate Communications at Kingdom Holding Company for almost eight years. Mr Shacker continued his career in communications through several high level positions including; Corporate Communications for the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), CEO of Buchanan Middle East (a JV with the London-based financial communications firm Buchanan Communications), was the Corporate Communications VP of ACWA Power Projects and the owner of DCC, a marketing services and PR firm.

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