Pedersen & Partners adds Bafana Kubheka to its Johannesburg office as Principal

September 1, 2021 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Pedersen & Partners, a leading international Executive Search firm with 54 wholly owned offices in 50 countries, welcomes Bafana Kubheka as a Principal in Johannesburg.

Bafana Kubheka is a Principal at Pedersen & Partners, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Kubheka brings two decades of senior executive leadership and Africa-focused business expertise, as well as Executive Search experience for clients across Africa in Private Equity, Life Sciences & Healthcare, and Real Estate. He has worked in corporate leadership roles for most of his professional career, and has built a solid track record managing commercial and manufacturing operations for subsidiaries of multinational companies, while helping them to develop pan-African strategies. Mr. Kubheka has extensive expertise in organisational design and talent optimisation, launching 24 country offices for Merck Millipore. Moreover, he has led and managed business operations across Africa for GE Healthcare, driving the Go-To-Market strategy, managing multifunctional teams, and developing indirect business growth initiatives. Prior to joining Pedersen & Partners, Mr. Kubheka was an Executive Search consultant at a C-suite and executive-level recruitment company operating across Sub-Saharan Africa, handling C-suite & Board placements, Human Capital assessment and Leadership Development mandates.

Michael Al-Nassir

“The African continent is a key market for many of our regional and global clients, and now more than ever, it has become essential for them to have access to the best leadership talent that can help them to accelerate and sustain growth. Bafana is the fourth senior team member recruited across our four African offices in the last 12 months, accelerating our growth in Africa, and proving our commitment to real on-the-ground presence in the four regional business hubs in Africa,” stated Michael Al-Nassir, Partner, Head of Middle East, Africa, Central & South Asia.

Amien Nanabhay

“At Pedersen & Partners, we are committed to delivering the optimal mix of industry, domain, and geography expertise in local, regional, and global leadership building capabilities, and the growth of our South African team is a testament to this. Bafana has held leadership roles in start-ups and multinationals, and his business acumen, senior level development experience, and pan-African network will be an asset to our African and global clients. We are delighted to welcome Bafana to our team,” said Amien Nanabhay, Country Manager for South Africa at Pedersen & Partners.

Bafana Kubheka

“I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to Pedersen & Partners’ growth ambitions across the continent. The investment in the region by global and African businesses creates a strong demand for world-class professionals, and I look forward to partnering with my colleagues in the region and across the globe to help our clients recruit leadership talent to drive and accelerate their growth ambitions,” commented Bafana Kubheka, Principal at Pedersen & Partners.


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