EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTs in the middle east 

Together, we’ll find the people you need to power your progress.

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EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTs in the middle east 

Together, we’ll find the people you need to power your progress.

Contact us



The expertise, abilities and ambition of skilled and experienced leaders are invaluable to your organisation.

Our executive search team consists of industry experts with decades of experience in retained, executive search – an offering distinct from our mainstream recruitment business. We will discuss your needs with you before mutually deciding on the best consultant to work with you.   

Together, we’ll secure high-achieving individuals who will navigate your organisation in a more complex world of work.

  • Global talent networks

    Our executive search team will take complete control of your executive-talent search, giving you access to both a regional and global network of high-calibre leaders who will shape the future of your organisation.

  • Transparent interview processes

    We believe in building success through diversity, investing our time in meeting, getting to know and staying connected with the best leadership candidates in your industry.

  • Contact us to talk about our executive appointments service

    Get in touch today to get access to the talent you need

Executive Search headhunting methodology  

Initial client briefing 

An executive search consultant specialising in your industry will meet with you to outline search requirements, timelines, future organisational strategy and mission, and to get an understanding of your corporate culture.  

Market analysis and candidate profile 

Before we commence the headhunt process, we will first provide you with a deep analysis of the market and create a compelling job profile and attraction brief for your review and approval. This will provide the confidence that we understand the position and we are conveying the relevant message to the candidates.  

Talent mapping 

The in-house executive research team will analyse and map out comparable companies and systematically target key talent from these firms, as well as other potential professionals across the region or potentially across the globe. We follow a structured, pro-active and methodical search process. 


All candidates are interviewed by one or more senior team members to explore their background, competencies and interest in the role. We also provide a complimentary psychometric assessment of shortlisted candidates which shows a clear, holistic image of that individual and digs deep into their leadership DNA. 

Offer and negotiation 

The executive search team is experienced in the mediation of job offers and assisting clients and candidates to reach a conclusion that works for all parties.  


A client report will be shared with you at the end of the assignment, detailing all of the candidates identified and approached and the outcomes. This provides a useful insight into the market and complete transparency of our work. 


The process doesn't stop at headhunting. We work in collaboration with you to assist your new executive in crafting a plan to integrate into the business successfully. Also, through the first 90 days, our consultants gather and share feedback on the first impressions the executive is creating during that time at your organisation. 


Contact us to talk about our executive search practice 


Jon Ashcroft                                                                               

Practice Head 

D: +971 (0) 4 599 5825 

E: jon.ashcroft@hays.com


Mark Holdich 

Senior Business Director 

D: +971 (0) 4 559 5827 

E: mark.holdich@hays.com


John Billal 

Senior Business Director 

D: +971 (0) 4 559 5843 

E: john.billal@hays.com


Ewan Walton 

Senior Business Director 

D: +971 (0) 4 559 5878 

E: ewan.walton@hays.com



  • Enhance your access to skills and expertise

    We know the type of people who thrive in dynamic, transformation-driven environments. Unlock access to our dynamic talent networks, carefully crafted to attract, engage and retain the people you need.

  • Empower business transformation with executive hires

    People drawn to change are driven by cultures built on autonomy, collaboration and creativity. Together, we’ll build an Employer Value Proposition that enables essential expertise to thrive.

  • Steer your organisation to success with high-level strategic thinkers

    It’s not just about getting the person you need quickly, it’s about getting the right person who’s going to power your strategic ambitions. We take the time to understand your challenges, opportunities and future direction, enabling us to build a shortlist of suitable leadership candidates.


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Our executive search team will give you access to a global network of talent across various industries and geographies. With 18 years of regional headhunting experience, the team are well-practiced in identifying the right fit for your organisation. 

Each member of our executive team specialises in specific industries – ensuring your partner has unique knowledge of the market, including insight into the specialist skills required in your sector, and the location of top talent within this. Our industries include but are not limited: 

  • Agriculture 
  • Automotive 
  • Aviation and Aerospace 
  • Banking and Financial Services 
  • Construction  
  • Consumer 
  • Defence 
  • Digital 
  • Education 
  • Engineering 
  • Family office 
  • Government 
  • Healthcare 
  • Hospitality 
  • Industrial 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Insurance 
  • Legal 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Logistics & Supply Chain 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Marine 
  • Oil & Gas 
  • Power & Energy 
  • Private Equity 
  • Professional Services 
  • Real Estate 
  • Retail  
  • Technology 
  • Transport & Mobility 

We recruit for organisations located across the Middle East and North Africa region, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait. 

Yes, the executive search team at Hays handles the recruitment of board appointments, as well as executive roles. We have a track record of assisting clients in identifying and hiring experienced and value adding non-executive independent board directors and chairs. 

We know that a cohesive board of directors, with diverse a range of skills and experience can ensure that your business has the right levels of corporate governance and the leadership team have the structure, support and guidance needed to effectively grow and manage risk. 

It’s easy to start the search for your next executive or board hire - simply contact us for a confidential discussion around your requirements.  



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