Pedersen & Partners appoints Frank Behrendt to lead its Financial Services Practice Group in Africa


January 21st, 2016 –  London, United Kingdom – Pedersen & Partners, a leading international Executive Search firm with 56 wholly owned offices in 52 countries, today announced the appointment of Frank Behrendt as a Principal and the Head of the Financial Services Practice Group Africa.

Frank Behrendt is an emerging markets specialist and has originated and executed senior level searches for banks and financial institutions across Asia Pacific while based in Singapore, and Pan-Africa from London and Johannesburg. After spending four years in Singapore managing a team of recruiters in Equities and Asset Management, he returned to Europe in 2009 to run the London office of a UK-based Financial Services search firm with global reach, which is where he developed a passion for Africa and started working on African search mandates. In 2011 he joined a boutique search firm with offices in London and Kuala Lumpur, with an exclusive focus on the African Financial Services sector, including corporate and investment banking, corporate and project finance, asset management, private equity, venture capital micro-finance and insurance, first based out of London and since 2013 from Johannesburg where he successfully opened and ran a new office in order to expand the business into other sectors relevant for Africa’s growth (IT and Energy), but more importantly to be closer to his Pan-Africa clients based in Johannesburg.

“Becoming a part of such an experienced and renowned global team sets an important milestone in my career and I’m thrilled to be partnering with my colleagues in Johannesburg and London, locations which are both hubs for African banking. In the years to come, I believe Africa will continue to offer robust growth opportunities for Executive Search and the experience I’ve accumulated over the last few years has shown me that in this part of the world people are even more determined to become excellent leaders and to develop through their capabilities the country that they are living in,” said Frank Behrendt, Principal and Head of the Financial Services Practice Group Africa.

“We are very pleased to have secured Frank to lead our Financial Services Practice Group in Africa. The continent will continue to play a key strategic role for many of our multinational clients’ expansion endeavours and Frank has the right credentials, knowledge, management experience and insight into the region, making him the most indicated expert to understand the pressures faced by our clients and to provide vital solutions. His addition to our team will certainly add valuable strength to the firm and will help us provide world-class services to meet our clients’ increased demand for C-Suite advisory work and board director search assignments,” concluded Martin C. Pike, the Managing Director of Sub-Saharan Africa region at Pedersen & Partners.

Pedersen & Partners is one of the fastest-growing, fully integrated Executive Search firms worldwide; it is 100% owned by its partners who all work full-time to serve its clients. The firm celebrated its 15th anniversary in January 2016, and to mark this occasion, it has created a timeline web page, featuring key milestones for the firm’s development and has released an anniversary video.

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