Frank Behrendt

I founded the firm to counter the stiff and rigid standard search industry terms, which in my view are not attuned with the realities of Emerging Markets.

I am an emerging markets search specialist and have originated and executed senior level searches for clients across Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa – first from Singapore, then London and now Johannesburg where I am currently based.

After spending four years in Singapore managing a team of recruiters I returned to Europe in 2009 to run the London office of a UK- based Financial Services search firm with global reach, which is where I got involved with Africa and started working on African search mandates.

I then took the plunge and decided to make Africa my main focus. I pitched the idea to a group of contacts and started a new business focussing exclusively on Africa – but still based in London. After two and a half years I decided to move to Joburg to open an office on the ground.

After some years in Joburg I upgraded and joined a global search firm as their Head of Financial Services Group, Africa. I travelled extensively to the major African hubs and expanded my network and understanding of how Africa ticks, and I love it!

In August 2020 I started my own boutique firm – FB Search Associates – combining all my geographical exposure and experience, focusing on Global Emerging Markets.

I grew up in Denmark and hold Danish citizenship but consider myself a global citizen.

I am passionate about people. I am passionate about the developing world. I thrive in challenging situations and have an appetite for solving complex situations in a slightly chaotic environments and fluid situations. My results are usually good!

“There is always a way”