Global Executive Search firm Pedersen & Partners opens first U.S. office

September 1st, 2015 – Houston, U.S. – Pedersen & Partners, a leading international Executive Search firm with 54 wholly owned offices in 50 countries, is proud to announce the opening of its first office in the United States. The Houston office is the firm’s sixth in the Americas, and joins the established Pedersen & Partners offices in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

COO and Partner of Pedersen & Partners Darcie Murray will be based in the Houston office as the new Head of North America. Ms. Murray has worked with Pedersen & Partners since 2006, and will be returning to the U.S. after spending the last ten years living and working in Europe, during which she played a key role in implementing Pedersen & Partners’ global growth strategy. In addition to the Houston office, Ms. Murray will also manage the Pedersen & Partners office in Canada, and will be responsible for the continued development of the firm in North America.

Chris Barrett, Client Partner and Head of Energy for North America and David Sanchez, Client Partner will also be joining the new Houston office.

Chris Barrett brings over fifteen years of Executive Search experience, with a focus on the upstream and midstream Oil & Gas markets. He focuses in particular on the oilfield service, manufacturing, exploration and production, stimulation, subsea engineering, offshore construction, pipeline/transportation and Renewable Energy sectors.

David Sanchez joins Pedersen & Partners from another international search firm, for which he established branches in Miami and Houston, and led their expansion into Latin America. He brings solid Executive Search experience, with a particular focus on Human Capital Management, Financial and Insurance Services, and Banking Operations. Before entering the Executive Search industry, Mr. Sanchez spent sixteen years with American Express, eventually becoming Head of the Global Client Group, after which he held the position of Sales and Business Development Director for AXA Insurance Company.

“Pedersen & Partners is a dynamic and rapidly growing firm with an entrepreneurial spirit and the right client-centric strategy to succeed in the U.S. We are leaders in many of the world’s emerging economies, with steady growth across more mature markets. Our decision to enter the U.S. was the next natural step,” Ms. Murray stated. “As a native Houstonian, I am honoured to initiate our first venture into the U.S. with our Houston office. Houston is one of the fastest-growing and most diverse cities in America, attributes that equally characterize Pedersen & Partners. We look forward to serving our international clients in the U.S. and assisting them with leadership recruitment around the world.”

The launch of the first U.S. based office enhances Pedersen & Partners’ global coverage and supports its broader development strategy. The firm’s Practice Groups cover the region’s crucial industries, and its experts are prepared to deftly cater to all incoming talent and leadership needs.

The Houston Office Address:
700 Louisiana Street, Suite 3950
Houston, TX 77002, USA
T +1 832 390 2724

Pedersen & Partners is a leading international Executive Search firm. We operate 54 wholly owned offices in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia & the Americas. Our values Trust, Relationship and Professionalism apply to our interaction with clients as well as executives. More information about Pedersen & Partners is available at

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