Heidrick & Struggles recruits Simon Fletcher as principal in Dubai

26 November 2019 Consultancy-me.com

Human capital firm Heidrick & Struggles has brought in Simon Fletcher as a consulting principal in Dubai.

The Dubai office of global human capital consultancy Heidrick & Struggles has added experienced HR professional Simon Fletcher to its team, with Fletcher to serve as a principal in the firm’s Heidrick Consulting division. Fletcher crosses from rival human capital firm Korn Ferry, and brings two decades of human capital management experience attained in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

A PhD-holder in Applied Psychology from Loughborough University (complementing a BSc in Psychology), Fletcher is a Chartered Psychologist and certified Level A and Level B Psychometric Test Practitioner, acting as a strategic talent management and business consultant with expertise in performance management, leadership development, competency framework design, and psychometric assessments.

Kicking off his career as a consultant within the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions, Fletcher has held various roles in and around the public and NGO sector – including various work performed for a number of UN agencies – before relocating to the Middle East in 2012. After a period with Innovative HR Solutions and the ADUKG, Fletcher joined Korn Ferry in 2015, later being made Associate Partner.

SImon Fletcher, Principal at Duff & Phelps

During his time in the region, Fletcher has carried out assignments across the GCC – including in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar – and, and as a specialist in emerging and top talent at the c-suite and board level, will lead Heidrick Consulting’s major assessment, leadership development and coaching programmes across sectors such as financial services, industrial, energy, oil & gas, telecoms, and government.

“With Simon’s extensive experience working across the spectrum of leadership assessment, development and management, he will be an invaluable advisor to leaders and organisations focused on driving change and accelerating business performance,” said Heidrick Consulting Global Managing Partner Andrew LeSueur, a former partner at McKinsey & Company. “Simon is an excellent addition to our growing team of consultants around the world.”

The firm’s Heidrick Consulting unit was launched in 2017 to provide services in leadership assessment & development, organisation & team effectiveness, and culture shaping in addition to its established executive search practice (a profession it claims to have pioneered more than 60 years ago). The firm’s Dubai office meanwhile – also led by an ex-McKinsey consultant Michael Morcos – serves as its MENA hub.