Pedersen & Partners welcomes Ewan Walton back as a Client Partner in its Dubai office

December 7, 2021 – Dubai, UAE – Pedersen & Partners, a leading international Executive Search firm with 54 wholly owned offices in 50 countries, is pleased to welcome Ewan Walton back to the firm as a Client Partner. Mr. Walton will be responsible for managing client relationships and executing senior level recruitment assignments with a special focus on clients headquartered across the Gulf countries and will play a key role in the continued strengthening of the firm on the MENA market.

Mr. Walton is an industry veteran with over 24 years of corporate leadership, HR, Executive Search, and recruitment advisory experience in the Middle East region, with a particular focus on Saudi Arabia. His track record spans across Family Business, ICT, semi-government, Financial Markets and Retail sectors, having placed senior leaders at Director, C-level, and Board level, as well as core management teams and Advisors. Prior to rejoining Pedersen & Partners, Mr. Walton was the Chief Development Officer and ExCom member for a diversified conglomerate covering Retail, Real Estate, and Investments, with a 7-year mandate focused on strategic growth, organisational transformation, and operational development. Earlier in his career, Mr. Walton co-founded one of the first Executive Search firms in the GCC region, which grew to be one of the largest in the region at the point of its acquisition in 2006, and was a Partner & Managing Director at an Executive Search firm which was part of a Big 4 global Audit & Advisory firm, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Michael Al-Nassir

“We are excited to have Ewan rejoin our global team; he brings a broad suite of leadership consulting and business shaping experience to our clients as they seek transformational leaders to navigate complex business environments. Ewan’s combined corporate and Executive Search experience enable him to provide valuable advice to our clients when it comes to choosing and developing leadership talent. We are committed to the long-term success of our clients and candidates across the MENA region and globally, to further strengthen our position as industry leaders,” said Michael Al-Nassir, Partner, Head of Middle East, Africa, Central & South Asia at Pedersen & Partners.

Ewan Walton

"The GCC region has embarked on tremendously exciting targets by the year 2030. Not just to diversify the economies, but to also elevate social wellbeing into the global Top 10 indexes. Major investments and developments into the economies have and will continue to be made, covering key sectors such as renewable energy, AI & big data, e-mobility & EV, Aerospace, Agriculture, Leisure & Entertainment and Life Sciences to name a few. Pedersen & Partners has global practice groups and the innovation to be able to create lasting leadership success for the public and private sector organisations aligned to the Vision 2030 goals. This makes it an exciting time to be part of the firm and the GCC region," added Ewan Walton, Client Partner at Pedersen & Partners.

 

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 www.pedersenandpartners.com.

If you would like to conduct an interview with a representative of Pedersen & Partners, or have other media-related requests, please contact: Diana Danu, Marketing and Communications Manager at: diana.danu@pedersenandpartners.com

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.

 

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 www.pedersenandpartners.com.

If you would like to conduct an interview with a representative of Pedersen & Partners, or have other media-related requests, please contact: Diana Danu, Marketing and Communications Manager at: diana.danu@pedersenandpartners.com

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