Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) Announces 2018 Appointments to its Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East

The global Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) today announced new appointments to the AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East, which consists of elected officers from AESC member executive search and leadership advisory firms from across the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.

Nobi Kaneko, President of Kaneko & Associates and based in Tokyo, will serve as Council Chair. Louisa Wong, Executive Chair of Global Sage and based in Hong Kong, will serve as Council Vice-Chair, while James Young, Managing Partner at Morgan Young and based in Sydney, will serve as Council Secretary and Treasurer.

In addition, AESC would like to welcome the following new members to its Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East: Nairouz Bader, Group CEO at Envision Partnership and based in Dubai; Malcolm Duncan, Director of The Insight Group and based in Sydney; Thomas Hofer, Managing Partner and Founder Member at Hofer Tan & Partners and based in Singapore; Allan Marks, Managing Partner at Boyden Australia and based in Sydney; Seth Peterson, Partner at Heidrick & Struggles and based in Hong Kong; Nirmit Parekh, CEO and Managing Director at 3P Consultants and based in Mumbai; Sonia Pechner, Executive Director at Academic Search International and based in Auckland; Shane Phillips, CEO at The Phillips Group and based in Dubai; Sachin Rajan, Partner and Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associates and based in Mumbai; Ramgopal Rao, President and Country Head at Steinbach & Partner Executive Consultants and based in Pune; David Wu, Founder, CEO and Managing Partner at GMPTALENT International and based in Shanghai; and Edwin Yeo, APAC Region Leader, Board Services at Stanton Chase and based in Singapore.

Nobi Kaneko, AESC Asia Pacific and the Middle East Council Chair, commented: “The AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East plays a critical role in ensuring AESC’s ongoing commitment to the highest standards in the executive search and leadership consulting profession throughout Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East markets. I look forward to working with my fellow Council members and our Board to ensure we are paving the way for the future of the profession on behalf of the clients we serve, across Asia Pacific and the Middle East and beyond.”

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President and CEO, commented: “I would like to thank our Councils for their local business intelligence and commitment to ensuring our association represents the highest quality firms in the profession. Our Councils play an integral role in combining regional insights with global innovation on behalf of our association, ensuring clients—no matter where in the world—receive exceptional quality and competitive business results when working with an AESC member.”

The complete 2018 AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East includes:

  • Nobi Kaneko, Kaneko & Associates, Chair – Tokyo
  • Louisa Wong, Global Sage, Vice Chair – Hong Kong
  • James Young, Morgan Young, Secretary and Treasurer – Sydney
  • Karen Greenbaum, AESC, Ex-officio – New York
  • Sonal Agrawal, Accord | India/AltoPartners – Mumbai
  • Catherine Andersen, Omera Partners – Sydney
  • Nairouz Bader, The Envision Partnership/IIC Partners – Dubai
  • Uday Chawla, TRANSEARCH, Co-Chair, India – New Delhi
  • Liz Crawford, KPMG Executive Search – Brisbane
  • Jacinda Davies, Fisher Leadership – Melbourne
  • Fabrice Desmarescaux, Eric Salmon & Partners, Chair, ASEAN – Singapore
  • Malcolm Duncan, The Insight Group – Sydney
  • Steve Hockey, Ccentric Group – Sydney
  • Thomas Hofer, Hofer Tan & Partners – Singapore
  • Stephen Leavy, Hobson Leavy Executive Search/Panorama Search, Chair, New Zealand – Auckland
  • Allan Marks, Boyden – Sydney
  • Justin McLennan, Odgers Berndtson, Chair, Hong Kong – Hong Kong
  • Seth Peterson, Heidrick & Struggles – Hong Kong
  • Nirmit Parekh, 3P Consultants/Penrhyn International – Mumbai
  • Sonia Pechner, Academic Search International – Auckland
  • Shane Phillips, The Phillips Group – Dubai
  • Sachin Rajan, Russell Reynolds Associates – Mumbai
  • Ramgopal Rao, Steinbach & Partner – Pune
  • Mohamad Turk, Rasd Executive Search, Chair, Middle East – Dubai
  • Atul Vohra, TRANSEARCH, Co-Chair, India – New Delhi
  • Simon Wan, Cornerstone International – Shanghai
  • Jim Whittle, RSR Partners, Chair, Japan – Tokyo
  • Amanda Williams, Korn Ferry, Chair, Australia – Sydney
  • David Wu, GMPTALENT International – Shanghai
  • Victoria Xiang, Spencer Stuart, Chair, China (excl. HK) – Hong Kong
  • Edwin Yeo, Stanton Chase – Singapore


About Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants

AESC is the voice of excellence for the executive search and leadership consulting profession worldwide. Its rigorous Code of Professional Practice guides members in nearly 1,300 offices in 74 countries and beyond to serve as strategic advisors on behalf of their clients. In turn, AESC members are best positioned to provide companies with a competitive advantage—the ability to find, attract and develop the best talent in the world and ensure that executives are successfully integrated.