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Amrop Adds New Interim Services to U.K. Office

September 28, 2018 – Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 75 offices in 48 countries throughout Asia, EMEA and the Americas, remains in growth mode with the addition Matrix Interim to Amrop UK.

This “is move is in line with the group’s growth and diversification strategy, revitalizing the offer with dynamic new firms in key markets and reinforcing its core mission: shaping sustainable success through inspiring leaders,” said Amrop. The new partnership will enable Amrop UK to offer interim management services within the U.K. under the Amrop Matrix Interim brand.

Established in 2013 by Patrique Habboo and Tim Blackstone, Matrix specializes in senior executive interim management. With over 50 years’ experience in the industry, the pair previously led and built the interim division of a global executive search business.

“We are delighted to be joining one of the most prestigious global executive search organizations,” said Mr. Habboo, who will hold the title of managing partner of Amrop Matrix Interim. “By joining the Amrop network, we can broaden and expand our service offering to all our clients, providing an end-to-end talent management solution, covering executive search and interim management, on a global basis.”

Adam Saunders, managing partner Amrop UK said that Messrs. Habboo and Blackstone have established a highly-regarded interim management company with an enviable client portfolio. “Operating at senior level, their experience complements our existing executive search business perfectly,” he said. “This key strategic step also brings us nearer to our committed vision: providing our clients with a full suite of talent services which will help them manage their entire talent value chain from beginning to end.”

“We are delighted to welcome Patrique, Tim and the team to our global partnership,” said José Leyún, Amrop’s global CEO. “Matrix represents an important step in our growth and diversification strategy, with mutual benefit in terms of our collective experience and unique positioning, and opportunities to build an interim practice in additional international markets. This move also underscores Amrop’s distinctive partnership model and entrepreneurial DNA.”

Amrop UK, formed in 2006 by founding partners, Mr. Saunders and Anthony Barry, is a London-based specialist executive search firm with a track record of delivering senior leadership mandates across different industries and functions. These include the financial services, industrial, life sciences, consumer and technology markets.

Continued Global Growth

Amrop has undergone a wave of growth over the past year. Recently, it opened a new office in Dublin, re-launching operations in Ireland and strengthening its capabilities across the EMEA region. Amrop appointed managing partner David Kelly to lead Amrop Ireland, which will focus on providing executive search and related leadership services to clients across a range of sectors, with particular focus on financial services, consumer and retail, and industrial.


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In June, the organization added Adrián Chinchilla as leader of its operations in Costa Rica. He assumed the title of partner and general manager and leads the search for senior executives and independent members of boards of directors for national companies, multinationals and family business groups. Mr. Chinchilla has over 25 years of managerial experience in the private and public sector, and as a member of boards of directors. In the financial sector, he has been the pension manager of the Corredores Asociados Group in Colombia.

This spring, the partnership gained Woodburn Mann in South Africa. Led by managing partner Andrew Woodburn, Woodburn Mann was established in 1982 in Johannesburg. It serves a range of clients across southern and sub-Saharan Africa. With a staff team of 25, the firm offers client-focused processes and services to the most prominent African businesses, as well as government parastatal operations, multi-national subsidiaries and entrepreneurial ventures. Its services include executive and non-executive search, board reviews and succession planning, executive coaching and leadership assessment and development. The firm now operates as Amrop Woodburn Mann.

Amrop also added the Australian regional entity of executive search firm Carmichael Fisher Australia to its fold. The new partner helps bring significant national presence for Amrop in Australia and strengthens the group’s capabilities across the Asia-Pacific region, said Amrop. Established by Michael Markiewicz in 2002, Carmichael Fisher’s Australia business is led today by managing partner Jamal Khan. Carmichael Fisher Australia is a privately-owned firm, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne and a team of 13 partners and 14 professional staff. The firm will operate as Amrop Carmichael Fisher.

Amrop also recently gained Singapore-based executive search firm Reed Hamilton as a member firm. Founded in 2011 and led by Jason Reed Wagner, the firm has six consultants and offers professional and retained executive search experience in financial services, technology, consumer & retail, life sciences, private equity, hospitality and gaming and industrials.

Lastly, the organization also added New York-headquartered Industrial Search Partners (ISP) as a member firm. ISP leads Amrop’s retained executive search services in the industrial, infrastructure and energy sectors for the U.S. The firm specializes in targeted talent acquisition dedicated to industrial manufacturing and services, transportation, supply chain & logistics, aerospace, automotive and the oil & energy sectors. Over the last two decades, ISP has placed more than 250 candidates in executive positions across a broad segment of the market. The firm recently expanded into Pittsburgh with the addition of Sarah Stewart as a director.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media