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HVS appoints Executive Search Practice Europe & Middle East lead

The appointment is effective January 12, 2015, and Tucker Brown will be based in London.

In his new role, Simon will oversee the HVS Executive Search practice in Europe and the Middle East, leading a team which will help reinforce and grow the company’s presence in these key markets.

Over the last 15 years, Simon has developed an in-depth expertise in the executive search business focusing on the hospitality, travel and leisure industries. Simon most recently served as managing director at Berkeley Scott and head of practice for ISIS Executive Search. In 2008 he jointly founded the Fraser Giles Partnership, before returning to Kellan Group to resurrect ISIS - its hospitality & leisure executive search division.

In addition to the hotel sector, Simon has worked successfully with clients in the restaurant, licensed retail, leisure and casino industries. A graduate from the Hotel Management School at the University of Gloucestershire, he has also held various senior and general management roles in luxury and boutique hotels across the UK.

Simon takes on the role following the departure of Peter Malone who previously headed Asia & EMEA regions for HVS Executive Search and recently left the firm to pursue alternate professional interests. The Asia Pacific region is presently led by Mark Keith, another industry veteran who joined HVS last month and is based at the Hong Kong office.

Court Williams, CEO, HVS Executive Search commented, “At a time when a number of careful strategic moves were underway at HVS Executive Search globally, it was important for us to hand-pick someone to spearhead the firm’s growth in this region. An accomplished professional and a proven search expert, Simon undoubtedly emerged as a perfect fit for this very critical role. It is with utmost pleasure that we welcome Simon into the HVS family. We are confident that under his direction, HVS Executive Search will be able to further strengthen its presence and credibility, and achieve a greater reach in Europe and the Middle East.”

HVS Executive Search also announced its plans for major expansion with three new offices in the pipeline, one in the US West Coast followed by Dubai and Singapore.

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