Harvey Nash Bolsters Presence in Asia Pacific
Singapore office launched; Richard Goddard appointed as Managing Director
Singapore – 12 August 2015 – Harvey Nash, the global executive search and leadership services firm, today announced the expansion of its Asia Pacific business with the launch of its Singapore office. The firm has appointed Richard Goddard as Managing Director of South-East Asia operations.
The Singapore office will address growing client needs for support with senior hires in a city that is a strategic regional hub for many multinational corporations, and will be closely aligned to Harvey Nash’s network throughout the Asia Pacific region, and globally.
As Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, gender diversity has been a major focus for corporations operating in the city-state.
The Diversity Task Force regarding Women on Boards (DTF) and the Diversity Action Committee (DAC) were formed last year, in the lead-up to SG50, under the Ministry for Social and Family Development, with the objective of increasing the number of women directors on boards of companies (1).
Harvey Nash is already a committed partner of the DAC and is well positioned to be part of the gender diversity movement in Singapore, having long been involved in similar initiatives across Asia Pacific.
The Women’s Directorship Programme – a joint venture with The University of Hong Kong, HKU Business School, and Inspire network activities – Harvey Nash’s global executive network for women, have both served to drive the gender diversity agenda forward by focusing on the importance of creating balanced teams and developing female talent.
Diversity will be a strategic focus for Managing Director Richard Goddard. With over two decades of international search experience, Goddard will lead the development of Harvey Nash’s South-East Asia expansion. He is also responsible for leading the Technology Practice across the region. For 18 years he played a pivotal role in the global expansion of the Technology Practice of a UK public listed recruitment services organisation.
During this period, he led the launch of multi-industry practices in the UK, France, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and North America whilst remaining a prolific executive search partner for his clients internationally.
“The expansion of our Singapore office comes at a critical juncture of our growth in the region. Following our acquisition in Japan last year, our new office in Singapore demonstrates our commitment to expanding our presence across the APAC region. Harvey Nash is well positioned to support the success of organisations throughout the region through our ability to discover key talent, and our unmatched focus on the benefits of diversity,” said Nick Marsh, Managing Director, Harvey Nash Executive Search Asia Pacific. “We are thrilled to have Richard leading the charge in South-East Asia – we believe his experience as the market leader in the Technology sector, combined with his deep network and ambition to deliver only the best, makes him the perfect match for our clients.
“I’m extremely pleased to join the Harvey Nash team and I’m excited about being able to help companies in the region identify and grow their senior talent to support business success,” said Goddard. “I look forward to working with a company that is influencing real boardroom conversations about gender diversity, and shaping the future of the Harvey Nash business in South-East Asia, and the wider Asia region.”
Singapore is the fifth market in Asia Pacific for Harvey Nash, which already has teams operating in Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and Vietnam.
For more information, please visit http://www.harveynash.com/sg
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About Harvey Nash
A pioneer in executive search, professional recruitment and IT outsourcing.
Established in 1988, Harvey Nash has supported many of the world’s leading organisations to recruit, source and manage the highly skilled talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive and technology driven world.
With 7,000 professionals in more than 40 offices across the USA, Europe and Asia, the Group has the reach and resources of a global organisation, whilst fostering a culture of innovation and agility that empowers its people to respond to constantly changing client needs. Harvey Nash works with clients, both large and small, to deliver a portfolio of services: executive search, professional recruitment and outsourcing.
Inspire is Harvey Nash’s executive business network of board-level women. Launched in 2008 with the aim of promoting female leadership, the network has over 4,000 members across the UK, Continental Europe, the U.S. and Asia Pacific.
The cross-industry network aims to enable members to contribute ideas, share knowledge and best practice and hear from senior business leaders, providing a forum for support and career guidance.
For more information please visit: www.harveynash.com/inspire/
About the Women’s Directorship Programme:
Established in 2013, the Women’s Directorship Programme (WDP) is a joint venture between Harvey Nash and The University of Hong Kong, HKU Business School. The certificated programme is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to demonstrate they are ready for the responsibilities of the boardroom as a director or non-executive director. Participants from broad ranging markets and business sectors, including banking and finance, telecoms, insurance, communications and logistics, have taken part in the programme to date.
For more information, please visit www.wdpglobal.com
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