The new year is of to a good start for Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting. Where on the brink of 2017 the fast growing network announced partners joining in Vienna and Sydney, they are now pleased to welcome Evolve Executive Search in Johannesburg as 14th partner. Evolve is the first African partner for the network that is now present on 4 continents and in all time zones with offices in Amsterdam, Budapest, Copenhagen, Denver, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Monaco, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Vienna and Johannesburg.

Evolve International Pty Ltd. is an established and well acknowledged independent executive search firm in Africa. It was founded in 2011 and headed by British native Adam Ginster. The company is based in Johannesburg and executes high-end search assignments throughout South Africa and 20+ countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Evolve has a longstanding track record in executive search for very challenging roles and requirements. Their clients range from mining, metals, oil & petroleum, infrastructure, energy, construction and industrial services, as well as financial services and TMT (Technology, Media and Telecoms). This diverse and international focus is reflected in the collective experience of the staff, which makes them the go-to-destination for many loyal clients. The significant contribution of Evolve reaches beyond their, or their clients’, office walls. The team takes great pride in appointing gender diverse candidates and Historically Disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA) and local skills to drive pan-African market penetration and expansion efforts. Furthermore, they have mobilized a program to empower orphaned and vulnerable children in Soweto that includes a feeding scheme that supports 5,000 children per week. 

“This is one of the many reasons why we are so proud to welcome Evolve as partner to our network”, says Jorg Stegemann, CEO of Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting. “We were looking for a partner on the African continent. Statistics show that by 2050, the population of the African continent will exceed that of China and India together. As a global network we need presence in a part of the world that is so rapidly growing and evolving into a politically and economically more stable market with a greater sense of governance and competence. Evolve is the perfect partner for this and we are thrilled to be able to set foot on African soil with them. Their mature and genuine approach to Corporate Social Responsibility will help us to ‘evolve’ in that direction too. We are very much looking forward to exploring both with them to add further relevance to our clients and to create a collective legacy that we can take pride in.”

Adam Ginster, founder and owner of Evolve: “Likewise we feel the Kennedy network is a perfect fit for us. With our new government in place, we feel a tailwind of growth is in our sails again. This is not just the case in South Africa but also in other African nations. Business confidence is starting to pick-up, as such we anticipate a strong regional economic performance taking place which will attract more multinationals from Europe, China, India and the US to set-up shop here. In addition, more and more South African and African companies will seek to benefit from this more favorable market position by branching out to other continents. Both of these trends increase demand for global executive search on a high level. Partnering with Kennedy Executive enables us to offer a true global footprint without losing our well-established name and reputation and the level of service our clients are used to. On top of that, we gain international and cultural specific expertise from the talented and professional co-partners that strengthens and matures our business going forward. We are glad to be on board and building the future together."

SOURCE: Kennedy Executive Search & Consulting