Marlin Hawk welcomes Zak Marar as Client Partner, spearheading expansion into the Middle East

16th February 2021 - London, UK - Marlin Hawk, a global executive search and leadership advisory firm, today announced the appointment of Zak Marar, Client Partner, and the opening of a new office location in Dubai. Marar will lead the firm's expansion efforts into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Bringing 15 years of executive search expertise, Marar's focus will be securing exceptional talent for boards, C-suite and senior management functions such as CEO, COO, CFO, Technology, Digital, Strategy and Treasury. Joining as Client Partner, Marar brings a wealth of experience working with corporate boards, CEOs, family groups and private equity backers of leading local and international organisations, ranging from start-up businesses to global corporations. He will be based in Dubai where he has been working for the last seven years advising companies on their board composition, organisational structures, talent acquisition and retention strategies.

Marar joins Marlin Hawk from Pedersen & Partners where he was the Country Manager UAE and Head of MENA. Prior to this, Marar worked for more than a decade at a number of other top search firms in the UAE and London. Before starting his executive search career, Zak founded and managed a real estate development business in the UK.

"I am excited to be joining Marlin Hawk, a dynamic organisation renowned for bringing transformational and innovative talent into companies digitalising at pace. Marlin Hawk's leadership is committed to giving its clients real global coverage and I am delighted to be leading the firm's efforts in MENA. As we seek to address the challenges our clients face in this region, we can bring forth the senior talent needed to enable their growth strategies," Marar said.

The appointment of Marar builds on Marlin Hawk’s progressive growth strategy by giving a true presence in a new geographic region. It also signals greater expertise in speciality areas including private equity and family office.

"The MENA region is one we've worked in for a number of years. Given our ambitious growth targets for the region, now is the right time for us to put roots down in Dubai and realise the potential of this growing and lucrative market," says John-Claude Hesketh, Global Managing Partner at Marlin Hawk.

David Holloway, Chief Executive Officer at Marlin Hawk, says: “We are thrilled to be formally entering such a vibrant region as MENA. Zak’s sector and functional expertise, geographical experience and impressive network will elevate our efforts in the region while also strengthening our growing global team. Formalising our presence in MENA connects our existing office network to provide true global coverage for our clients."

About Marlin Hawk

For over 15 years, Marlin Hawk has helped organisations around the world to secure their new generation of leaders. We’re renowned for making the most innovative, positively disruptive and cross-industry hires in the market. With teams in London, New York, Washington DC, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore, we find the right talent for your organisation no matter where they are in the world.

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