The contact for the account was to be the Philippine partner of a successful Singapore-based private equity (PE) group. The person was a highly qualified candidate for another search firm who candidly admitted later that he subjected himself for an interview “just to check out what the competition was doing” and not to get another job. He liked how we represented the client and eventually engaged us to help build the management team for its start-up renewable energy businesses in the country. In 2013, the Renewable Energy (RE) industry was dominated by the major local energy and infrastructure companies; attracting talent from these major players for the start-up biofuel, solar, wind, and hydro companies in the portfolio of the PE firm was decidedly going to be a huge challenge.

Despite the odds, the team proceeds with the requirements. We were introduced and worked directly with the Senior Founding Partner and a Director to source the pioneering leaders for the bioenergy company. The mandate was to hire qualified leaders with exceptional spirit and can do attitudes for building successful businesses and teams. The Client’s direct recruitment experience indicated talent from big players were not particularly receptive to the uncertainty posed by start-ups and to the lean organization structure envisioned by the PE. With our help, Client hired Executive No. 2 and within two years, that candidate proved effective in helping close local funding partnerships and setting up the PE’s Philippine operations. We have successful executive positions in the finance, business development, project management, and legal functions sourced from energy as well as non-energy corporations; they are now placed in the Client’s various companies and renewable energy platforms.

We continue to work with the Philippine Managing Director, Biofuel CEO and with Business Operations Executives of head office and have ongoing senior searches for the RE companies and the shared services unit of the Client.