Richard Putley and Joao Carlos Costa recently returned from a business trip to Luanda, Angola. The objective of the trip was to deepen relationships with clients as well as assessing the impact of the current oil crisis on the Angolan market in view of the fact that nearly 80% of the countries export revenue comes from crude oil.
With over ten years experience working in the Angolan market, Joao was keen to re-establish contact with former clients as well as to meet new business leaders he has spoken to since working at Executives in Africa.
“As always when we travel to Africa, the response to us being in Luanda was incredible and over the 2 weeks we had 35 face to face formal meetings and many opportunities for Joao to reconnect with his extensive networks.” Commented Putley
Clients were impressed with the high level and thoroughness of the service the Executives in Africa team are able to provide and welcomed our ability to deliver shortlists, having done a full mapping and search of the markets, within only four weeks of instruction.
The true impact of the trip will take time to wash through but with an immediate request by five Clients for us to prepare search proposals for senior executive roles, indicates that this will be the first of many visits to this part of Africa.
“The oil crisis is clearly having an effect on expansion, but there remains a strong need for talent in the region and, with a dearth of decent Search Firms who possess the networks, thorough assessment processes and language capabilities to run proper executive searches in the region, we feel that the Executives in Africa Lusophone team will be busy for the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.” Putley sums up.