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Currie & Brown hires talent management expert in Middle East

Currie & Brown has stepped up its plans to generate half of the Group's global turnover by 2011 from the Middle East with the appointment of Deborah Brown as Recruitment & Talent Manager for the Middle East & Central Asia region.

She joined from recruitment specialist Charterhouse where she was the General Manager. In the newly created role, she reports to Mark Taylor, Currie & Brown’s Regional Managing Director for the Middle East and Asia and is responsible for all recruitment positions in the Middle East & Central Asia.

Her remit also includes the challenge to translate a regional skills strategy into practical programmes that deliver hard economic benefits to the region amongst the firm’s 200 employees at its offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Oman.

With more than 15 years of HR & Recruitment experience, Deborah and the HR team works across Currie & Brown’s four operational hubs in the Middle East to ensure that the firm has the right mix of people with the correct skills set to deliver C&B’s ambitious growth plans in the region. She was chosen for the role because of her extensive network of contacts within the region and experience of recruiting within the fiercely competitive construction and engineering markets.

One of the first challenges facing Deborah will be bringing capable and experienced project and cost managers to the firm to service its extensive project pipeline and build the resource to back up its ambitious growth plans.

Mark Taylor, Regional Managing Director Middle East & Asia at Currie & Brown said:

“Deborah’s experience speaks for itself. Her knowledge of the Middle East market is unrivalled and I am confident that she will contribute to the growth of our business, the development of our current and future employees, and ultimately to the service we offer clients in the region.”

Currie & Brown already has a well-developed recruitment strategy to tackle skill shortages in the Middle East, including a two-year programme for graduates, drawn mainly from Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Deborah Brown commented: “I was impressed by Currie & Brown’s approach to recruitment and its reputation as a business committed to building a sustainable presence in the region. I am relishing the opportunity to build on the existing recruitment programmes to create a pool of talent for the business and an exciting career path for those who come to work here.”

Last year, Currie & Brown reported worldwide turnover of £63.3m, up 11 per cent on the previous year. Approximately 20 per cent came from the Middle East, which the firm singled out at the time as an area where it planned to expand its operations to take advantage of the sheer volume of projects in the region.