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: South African Executives Wanted Globally


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South African executives have become prime targets for head-hunters from all over the world but Chinese recruiters, in particular, have been very active in this country. This will make it very tough for South Africa to keep hold of its top executives, as a lack of jobs, BEE, crime and other factors already encourage skilled South Africans to leave our shores.

Neil Maslen, managing director of an executive search firm, Mindcor, said he and his associates come across executive search consultants from all over the world who are actively searching for outstanding South African management talent but the Chinese were among the most aggressive recruiters.

There is no doubt that the word has gone out that this country produces first rate executive talent; moreover it produces talent that transplants well into other countries because of the flexibility of South Africans.

Maslen said his own company had gone into a growth cycle with a number of major search assignments given to them in the past few weeks looking for top executives with proven entrepreneurial skills who could help companies grow.

He said companies were also implementing serious talent retention strategies in order to maintain their best people to remain competitive when the recession was finally over.

“Candidates are facing tough times due to an ever increasing talent pool. Many thousands of excellent men and women were laid off when the American and European economies went into full-blown recession. What is interesting is that we are getting CVs from some of these executives because they see South Africa as a growth opportunity and there is more of a willingness to locate here than to some other third world countries.”

“South Africa has for a long time been known as a market that has produced top class executive talent. Many South Africans are heading up major international companies around the world and South African executives have always been in great demand and have proved that they can adapt to new environments quickly and effectively.”

"Chinese high-tech companies are just beginning to understand the need for marketing, brand-building and globalisation and they are looking for skilled marketing executives who can help them achieve that goal," said Maslen.

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