Executive Search

Hays Executive Search is comprised of 6 experts and 4 dedicated researchers, each specialsing. They are all experienced experts in their field including Finance, Banking, Legal, HR, Construction & Property and Technology. You will be assigned the right headhunting expert for your industry, so you'll recieve the optimal solution and the highest quality customer service.

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Jon Ashcroft

Jon Ashcroft Hays Executive SearchJon Ashcroft is an Executive Search professional possessing over 19 year’s recruitment experience. Based in the Middle East since 2008, his area of expertise is in the recruitment of senior appointments, typically CEO, CFO and COO positions. He has concluded in excess of 70 C-level search mandates and he is assisted by his own dedicated Researcher, who is also based in Dubai.

Jon’s forte is in the recruitment of senior ‘difficult to fill’ vacancies and he has a strong track record in filling highly specific and niche vacancies, across a diverse range of sectors. Furthermore, we would highlight the fact that several campaigns he has delivered recently have been the result of earlier failed attempts to recruit, either through direct advertising or the use of an alternative supplier – we pride ourselves on the ability to deliver strong responses in the face of such challenging circumstances. When a campaign is a thorough retained headhunt campaign, such as this, then our success rate increases greatly. Jon’s personal success rate on such retained assignments is over 90%, which is exceptionally high within the industry. An independent Consultant has recently advised Hays Executive that Jon’s success rate is the highest that they are aware of in the Executive Search field in the UAE.

Mark Holdich

Mark Holdich Hays Executive Search DubaiMark spearheads executive level search campaigns across the MENA region, using his deep expertise to source talented senior management that can make a real difference.

Commencing his career with Hays Banking in New Zealand in 2005 Mark has built an incredible track record of success across various regions in Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. Following two successful years as top fee earner in the New Zealand market, Mark relocated to Asia in 2007, joining the newly opened Hays International office in Hong Kong, with a key focus to develop the Financial Services function. As well as managing the Hays Banking, Private Equity and Insurance teams, he developed Hays Hong Kong’s first executive search offering and completed a wide range of assignments across multiple industries and sectors. Previously, Mark was with another international executive search firm, where he served clients across finance and insurance in Hong Kong. During this time he has led successful search campaigns for 1st and 2nd tier banks, funds, insurance firms, MNC’s and corporates. Mark brings 11 years of recruitment experience to Hays Executive, Dubai with an extensive network and in-depth knowledge across both corporate and financial sector.

John Billal

John Billal Hays Executive Search DubaiJohn is a Senior Business Manager within the Hays Executive practice covering senior level mandates across a variety of industries within the MENA region. With 12+ years executive search experience, an MSc in Occupational Psychology and a wealth of experience in the Middle East market, John has a strong track record for developing bespoke executive search solutions both regionally and internationally. John has particularly enjoyed success in the areas of Marine, Logistics, Education, Life Sciences, Aviation & Aerospace, Defense, and Government.

Moving to Dubai in 2007, after a successful period focussed on financial services recruitment in the City of London, John quickly developed a strong track record for delivering best in practice senior head recruitment solutions for some of the region’s most prestigious clients. Having later collaborated with some of the largest diversified family and semi-government organisations in the regions John’s functional coverage has become more varied over the years and he has successfully completed search assignments across various roles including CEO, COO, CFO, GM, and Sales & Marketing Director.

Rosemarie Barnes

Rosie Barnes Hays Executive Search DubaiRosie has worked as a Researcher in senior level search since she arrived in the UAE in 2013. In this time she has gained experience across a wide range of industries, covering a variety of specialisms, and she has exposure of working with clients and candidates across the Middle East and Europe.

Prior to joining Hays, she worked for a boutique headhunting firm which focused on senior management roles in the GCC. Rosie’s strengths lay within resourcing C-Level candidates and her tenacious approach, intuition, attention to detail and passion for delivery means that she has established herself as a valued member of the research team.

Tarryn Sparrow

Alex Nicholl Hays Executive Search DubaiTarryn is an experienced Executive Search Researcher who specialises in sourcing high level candidates through market mapping. She works primarily within the financial services sector, partnering with private equity clients. Having been based both in the Middle East and Africa, Tarryn has built strong multinational business experience. This is supported by her educational background, where she holds a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Tarryn’s main strength lies in her attention to detail, which sees her deliver first class service to clients by consistently sourcing the highest calibre senior candidates.

Sumit Thapa

Sumit Thapa Hays Executive Search DubaiSumit is a seasoned research professional with over 8 years of extensive work experience in executive search, talent acquisition and market research. Prior to Hays, he worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the KMC division for Heidrick & Struggles and gained invaluable experience in market mapping and research for global mandates with some the world’s leading MNC’s and financial institutions. He holds an MBA degree in Human resource management from Sikkim Manipal University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from D.A.V (PG) College.

Jenny Burkovskaya

Hays Executive Search DubaiJenny has working in the UAE for over 2 years and been in recruitment industry for over 3. Previous to this she spent 4 years as a Personal Assistant to a CEO. Jenny provides high level support to the Executive Search team by assisting with interview and travel arrangements, and ensures all communication is smooth and consistent.