Graham Utian joins Pedersen & Partners in Johannesburg


August 2, 2019 – Pedersen & Partners, a leading international Executive Search firm with 57 wholly owned offices in 53 countries, is pleased to announce that Graham Utian has joined the firm as a Client Partner in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Graham Utian has over fifteen years of Executive Search, leadership consulting, and interim management experience. He has worked on C-level mandates across most industries, and built a significant network of clients and partners, transforming teams and Boards. Having spent many years in the media and technology business, Mr. Utian entered the Executive Search industry in 2003 with a Johannesburg-based recruitment firm and transformed the business to enable it to provide services to some of South Africa’s largest corporations. He then became the group’s Executive Director in charge of building teams providing a range of services. Prior to joining Pedersen & Partners, Mr. Utian launched an executive recruitment and consulting firm, providing high-end talent management and consulting services.

Michael Al-Nassir“Our clients across the globe are increasingly recognising the imperative of partnering with search professionals who can identify the best candidates and advise on weaknesses in the executive pipeline. Graham is a great addition to our Africa team, given his leadership assessment background and his notable search portfolio, which will help our clients drive corporate performance. His experience and comprehensive understanding of the African leadership talent market will be a strong asset.” stated Michael Al-Nassir, Partner and the Head of Middle East, Africa, Central & South Asia at Pedersen & Partners.

Graham Utian“Pedersen & Partners’ global approach to mandates, the firm’s diverse team, and their detailed attention to every client’s needs persuaded me to join the Johannesburg office. I’ve been working in South Africa for over fifteen years, and I’ve watched this challenging market transform while continually prospecting for the best suited executives.  I look forward to joining forces with our local and international teams to help our clients implement and fine-tune their leadership talent strategies,” added Graham Utian, Client Partner, Sub-Saharan Africa at Pedersen & Partners.

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