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Kathy Kershaw, one of the UAE’s leading female entrepreneurs, drives company to international standards

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, March 23 - 2006 @ 11:24

Kershaw, who established her company of recruitment specialists in September 1999, has played a fundamental role in meeting the increasing demands from many industry-specific firms to source high quality employees. Economic growth in the Middle East has witnessed a boom over recent years, and as companies expand they look to recruitment specialists such as this to service their HR requirements.

Opening an office in the UK will allow Kershaw to pre-screen suitable European candidates, saving UAE companies some of the expenses incurred when recruiting globally. With her Middle East familiarity, Kershaw also hopes to offer opportunities to emigrant Arab nationals in Europe, eliminating the problems often incurred by job seekers who move to a new country before securing suitable employment.

“Since our inauguration we have been committed to providing ‘First Class’ people to ‘World Class’ clients,” said Kathy Kershaw, Manager Director.

“Our first class reputation was built on being the recruitment consultancy of choice for senior and middle management as well as being specialists for the business support sector. Our aggressive expansion plans will keep these activities as the core business, and will ensure the fundamental principles of people and relationships remain at the heart of the strengthened Kershaw Leonard,” Kershaw continued.

The regional recruitment market has matured significantly over recent years, as companies seek experienced professionals in the oil and gas, construction, IT and telecoms, sales and marketing, and financial sectors. A number of surveys, including several by Kershaw Leonard, have clearly demonstrated the maturing of this market, and their recent expansion moves have been developed to directly cater to theses burgeoning market needs.

“I am very excited about our international expansion plans and I am also confident that Mike Hynes, with his breadth of experience in the region, will be a tremendous asset to the company in his new role as director of our UAE office, further improving our standards and raising our level of expertise,” Kershaw added.

In his position as managing partner for the Middle East operations, Hynes brings more than 13 years of business experience in the Middle East to Kershaw-Leonard, which utilizes a highly specialised team to source the very best in permanent, temporary and contract staff.

“The HR business sector in Dubai is seeing phenomenal growth but with this has also come a greater choice of candidates and a more sophisticated set of criteria from the employers for them to meet. Kershaw Leonard is incredibly well placed to make sure the very best job seekers are placed in the right positions and can satisfy these higher demands from the employers,” said Hynes.

“Becoming a partner and co–owner of such a prestigious company is a fantastic opportunity and I am thrilled at the prospect of directing the expansion plans as we move forward into the next chapter of Kershaw Leonard,” Hynes concluded.

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