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Global Executive Search Firm Odgers Berndtson and Braithwaite Steiner Pretty (BSP) Announce Merger

October 7, 2013 - New Delhi, Delhi, India

Australian owned Braithwaite Steiner Pretty(BSP), one of the most successful executive search firms in the Asia-Pacific region has merged with Odgers Berndtson, the world’s sixth largest executive search and organizational leadership firm.

Mark Pretty, a founding Director of Braithwaite Steiner Pretty said: “Our passion for excellence over the last 16 years, has helped BSP achieve market leadership in the Technology sector across all of Asia Pacific, serving global technology vendors as they have expanded their investments in the region. This focused commitment will now be enhanced by the breadth and depth of a worldwide leader. There will be no compromise to the quality or impeccable service our clients enjoy.”

Established in Sydney in 1997, BSP has successfully built a regional business with operations in Australia, Japan, China, Singapore and India. BSP initiated its acquisition by Odgers Berndtson because the value-added benefits of a global partner will boost its already strong capabilities in delivering strategic, detailed and impeccable service internationally.

Odgers Berndtson has a blue-chip track record and access to expertise from a global network in 55 cities across 30 countries and five continents. The transaction adds significant scale to Odgers Berndtson’s operations throughout Asia-Pacific, including India. The Odgers Berndtson Technology, Entertainment and Communications practice has an extensive track record handling senior executive assignments across North America and Europe. The marriage with BSP delivers the missing piece of the jigsaw for leading firms in the Technology space with operations in Asia Pacific, including India.

Mark Braithwaite, a founding Partner of BSP, and now Managing Partner of Odgers Berndtson in Australia said: “We have a strong synergy with Odgers Berndtson based on our shared quality-first approach to search and commitment to solving the business problems of our customers. They are the only global firm whose values mirror ours. Becoming part of Odgers Berndtson brings a new level of capability and global reach to our customers.”

While executive search has not been immune from weaker economic conditions, Odgers Berndtson is maintaining strong global growth by meeting the new needs of its clients. According to Richard Boggis-Rolfe, Chairman of Odgers Berndtson, “Asia Pacific is at the centre of global economic growth and will remain so. BSP is a unique firm that really understands the needs of the region and has achieved sector dominance through consistent organic growth. This is a key strategic initiative for us.”

BSP was established in Sydney in 1997 and has built a regional business with very successful operations in Australia, Japan, China, Singapore and India.

Alasdair Spink, Managing Director of Odgers Berndtson in India said : “The acquisition of BSP by Odgers Berndtson offers significant scale and resource to the Asia-Pacific region and India. We now have the depth of expertise in India that brings us head to head with the big 5 search firms. Our culture and distinctive approach to executive search is based on our belief that what we do add immense value to our clients and candidates and can help transform organizations and individuals' lives.”

Gaurav Seth, Partner of Odgers Berndtson in India, who heads the Technology practice said : “This merger provides us with a huge growth fillip, particularly in the Technology sector, given the combined strength of our client relationships in the region. It represents a huge opportunity for our company, our clients and our candidates.”

About Odgers Berndtson

Odgers Berndtson was established in 1965 and with global revenues in excess of $208m; the group has over 200 partners supported by more than 400 consultants and researchers in 30 countries worldwide. Odgers Berndtson opened in India in 2011 to support existing global clients as they expand their India businesses, and serve Indian corporations as they build their domestic business and expand globally.

Source: Business Wire India


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