Simon-Kucher & Partners opens office in Copenhagen

25 May 2010

Simon-Kucher & Partners has opened an office in Copenhagen, Denmark. The location will serve as a hub for its services to clients in the Nordic region. Omar Ahmad has been appointed as Managing Director of the Copenhagen base.

The Scandinavian market is not a new region for Simon-Kucher & Partners. Since 2000 the consulting firm has been supporting companies in the region. Based on the positive outlook – almost 30% of the Nordic companies have a positive growth outlook – the German-based advisory firm has now decided to open an office in the Danish capital. "Copenhagen is an ideal hub for the Nordic region, the business climate is excellent and the country’s open and international culture provides a solid basis for our future growth here,'' says Dr Klaus Hilleke, CEO of Simon-Kucher & Partners.

Simon Kucher & Partners - Team

Omar Ahmad has been given the responsibility to build the local practice. Over the past years he has gained many years of experience supporting a wide range of companies in sectors such as life sciences, consumer products, manufacturing, utilities, telecommunications and financial services. "With a dedicated office we can now support our clients in the Nordic region even more effectively and develop with them," says Ahmad. ''Our propositions center around international strategy, marketing and pricing expertise,'' he adds.

Three more offices

Simon-Kucher’s expansion into Denmark was agreed by the partner team earlier this year and is part of its ambitious global growth strategy. Over the next twelve months, new offices will also be opened in Singapore, Sydney and Beijing.

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”