Pedersen & Partners promotes Client Partner Zak Marar to UAE Country Manager


January 6, 2020 – Dubai, UAE – Pedersen & Partners, a leading international Executive Search firm with 54 wholly owned offices in 50 countries, is pleased to announce that Client Partner Zak Marar has been promoted to Country Manager for UAE and Head of MENA. Michael Al-Nassir, Partner and the Head of Middle East, Africa, Central & South Asia who has led the Dubai office since its establishment in 2008, will continue to build the firm’s presence regionally.

Mr. Marar has over fifteen years of extensive management consulting and Executive Search work in partnership with corporate Boards, CEOs, family offices and Private Equity backers of leading local and international client organisations across EMEA, North America and Asia Pacific. He has partnered closely with clients, successfully delivering on numerous individual and multi-hire retained search assignments, securing exceptional talent for clients across C-suite and senior leadership functions such as CEO, COO, CFO, and heads of Strategy, Treasury, Compliance & Governance. Mr. Marar has regularly advised companies on their talent acquisition and retention strategies, in addition to Board composition and organisational structures.

“Zak joined Pedersen & Partners less than two years ago, at a time when the firm was undergoing our own global transformation with an internal leadership succession. At the same time, our clients – from start-ups to multibillion-dollar market leaders – were consistently looking to Pedersen & Partners for guidance during their own business transformation efforts. Throughout this time, Zak’s fit to our global culture, his strong performance, and his close alignment with our firm’s core values have paved the way for today’s appointment. In his new role, Zak will oversee growth in the MENA region in alignment with our global strategy, and enhance collaboration with our offices throughout the world, helping our clients further accelerate their performance through stronger leadership teams,” stated Michael Al-Nassir, Partner and the Head of Middle East, Africa, Central & South Asia at Pedersen & Partners.

“Pedersen & Partners’ growth strategy in the region has ensured that our organisation stays ahead of the competition with game-changing leadership advisory services in addition to Executive Search, enabling us to harness market forces to our clients’ advantage. This region offers unmatched opportunities for development, and I’m thrilled to take on this new role as we continue to reinforce our presence here. Our Dubai office has a collegial and entrepreneurial spirit, and applies an energetic, solutions-oriented approach to leadership challenges that sets our team apart in this competitive environment. This new role will allow me to further develop our customer-centric vision and provide a clear mandate to support our clients with innovative, value-added, and high-quality solutions for the most impactful results,” added Zak Marar, Country Manager UAE & Head of MENA at Pedersen & Partners.

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