Global executive search group, Horton International with over 40 offices in 30 countries, announced today that The Human Capital Group has joined the group, significantly strengthening Horton International’s presence and expertise as a global leader in retained executive search in South Africa.
Established in 2003 and led by Managing Partner Brian Wasmuth, The Human Capital Group provides executive search services across a number of sectors in commerce and industry in South Africa, including the pharmaceutical industry, the automotive manufacturing industry, the automotive components industry, the mining industry, the petrochemical industry, fast moving consumer goods, retail, banking, general insurance, life insurance, health care insurance and administration, corporate risk management and corporate insurance broking, the non-governmental sector as well as the public sector.
Brian comes to Horton International with over 15 years of executive search experience in handling top level and middle management executive search assignments across a range of industry sectors. Additionally, besides his top executive roles in commerce and industry, Brian has also consulted broadly as an organisation development specialist and executive coach. His major geographical focus is South Africa, but Brian has worked for companies in Southern Africa, East Africa, West Africa as well as the Middle East.
“The addition of such an established partner to Horton International for South Africa further underpins our global strategy to ensure our clients receive the best worldwide knowledge and expertise tailored to the local market,” said Ross Eades, Chief Executive of Horton International. “This demonstrates our continued determination to expand our capabilities across all major global economies as well as our commitment to new and emerging markets.”
“The Human Capital Group is honoured to join Horton International and we look forward to introducing the vast and excellent executive talent that is prevalent in South Africa to multinational partners and companies operating in South Africa. We at The Human Capital Group have a keen understanding of the socio-economic and geopolitical dynamic in sub-Saharan Africa and as such we are ideally placed to introduce our international partners and clients to competent executive talent in South Africa,” said Brian Wasmuth.
Per Jerndahl, Regional Director EMEA of Horton International added, “we are pleased to have Brian and his team aboard on our Journey to further strengthen the global footprint of Horton International. In our initial discussions Brian and his organisation have proven their business-oriented mindset together with a client centric approach that corresponds to our values and beliefs in how we add customer value when delivering top talent to our clients. In addition, The Human Capital Group has a well proven capability and excellent reputation for advising top executives in organisational development, which will add value to our group.”
The South African economy is one with enormous potential across a broad base in commerce and industry. Over the years, South Africa has been renowned for its often leading edge capabilities in various sectors, including manufacturing, mining, the petrochemical industry, agriculture, pharmaceutical, the medical and healthcare industry, ICT and the financial services industry, amongst others. South Africa also bore the consequences of the 2008 global meltdown with resultant diminished growth; coupled to a temporarily troubled socio-political dynamic in South Africa for a couple of years, economic performance was dampened. The socio-political dynamic is improving significantly under recently appointed new leadership and a business-friendly environment in which accelerated economic growth will eventuate, prevails. South Africa will re-establish itself as an attractive and competent investment destination for both foreign direct investment as well as financial markets investment.