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Fitness First

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Rich Hutson is recruited from Singapore to join Fitness First based in Dubai , another example of Benchmark’s international reach.

Rabdan Academy delighted

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

In July Tony McAleavy from Coventry University became the first Benchmark recruit to Rabdan Academy the unique international centre in Abu Dhabi for training future leaders in safety security and defence.

New Ops Director for GBK

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Karen Stone begins as GBK Ops Director on 4th July , declares ‘ I love the people , the culture and the very clear way ahead’.

Top team for Nando’s UK

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Rob Bray is appointed People Director on 13th June as part of the management re-organisation that also sees Ben Fricke appointed in August to lead the Supply Chain team . Nando’s UK CEO Rob Papps welcomed them to his top team , stressing:

‘In the last 12 months I’ve been delighted to welcome Rob Ben and Richard Atkinson [IT Director] to the Nando’s family….not only are they exceptional in their expertise but critically are a superb culture fit. It is this ability to get both aspects right that means I am delighted by the service of our search partner, David Montgomery of Benchmark’

Wahaca enrol their first People Director

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Odette Schwarz joins Wahaca as People Director starting on 9th May

Benchmark fills senior People position for Nando’s Limited

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Julie Bellani  started with  the Nando’s central support team as Group Head of People from Monday 11th January 2016.

Julie has had a varied international career and has lived and worked in a number of countries for a range of blue chip companies. She is joining Nando’s from BT in London, where she was responsible for the HR function of BT Global Services for the last 2 years.  Prior to working at BT she spent over 10 years with Novartis Pharma in the UK, Canada, Germany and Switzerland in a range of senior HR positions.

New Technology Director for Nandos

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Benchmark recruit Richard Atkinson , CIO of Just Giving, as technology Director for Nando’ s UK . Richard reports : ‘I’m delighted to be able to bring my background in consumer technology to enhance the restaurant experience for both our people and our customers”.

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Executive Search agreement with Rabdan Academy

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Benchmark Search signs an Executive Search agreement with Abu Dhabi’s Rabdan Academy, the  leading  regional Academic institution whose vision is “to provide a future class multi disciplinary learning environment of choice for …safety, security, defence, emergency preparedness and crisis management”. This agreement tasks Benchmark with finding a large multi talented international team of academics to strengthen their academic cadre.

New People Director for Wahaca

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Benchmark Search are retained to find a new People Director for Wahaca, the successful Mexican Market Eating Experience, as they grow and launch their DF Mexico brand .

New Director for Nandos

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Benchmark finds an Ops Director for Nandos UAE.