Message from the Chair

6 July 2015

Globally, it was gratifying to record a general improvement in the executive search industry over the last two years. Most firms reported a strong 2014, and seem set to continue this trend in 2015. It was interesting to note that many firms have diversified their offering over the last years, adding leadership assessment and organisational development to their core executive search service.

From a macro-economic perspective, the global economy remained in net positive territory, despite a sharp slowdown in China, due in the main to a resurgent United States, and strong growth in the UK and Africa. This situation can of course change, and it is expected that the US may start to slow down as interest rates there are raised towards the end of 2015.

As we draw near to the end of my first term in office, it gives me great pleasure to reflect on the substantial achievements our firm has made over the last two years. Most offices have recorded growth, in the face of difficult trading conditions. We have added new offices in Turkey, Mauritius and The Netherlands, and are in discussions with other potential new Partners.

EMA Partners has emerged from the post-recession period stronger than before. Partners have a keen awareness of the role they play in assisting their clients to build strong, talented teams, with leaders equipped to guide their organisations through difficult, often uncharted waters, while seizing opportunities for innovation and growth. It is a responsibility that they take very seriously, but it is also one that makes our business so rewarding for all of us in it.



Chris Hardy

Global Chairman

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