This is a very special issue of Observe – our global business-to business publication now in its ninth edition – because in part it celebrates our company’s 50th anniversary.

When Per Berndtson set up Berndtson in Brussels in 1966 little could he have known that half a century later a small acorn would grow into a substantial oak tree with more than 50 offices in 28 countries around the world.

Executive search has come a very long way since those early days.

In a major round table discussion, Ian Odgers, Jennifer Ward and Kurt Brusgaard talk freely about how the industry has grown in stature over the past decades and what lies in store for the future.

Elsewhere in this issue you can read an exclusive interview with Joseph Papa, the newly installed Chairman and CEO at Canadian pharmaceutical giant Valeant, hear the views of Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, learn about the interaction between business and charities, understand what Blockchain is all about and delve into the worlds of third-party logistics, philanthropic prizes and changing corporate governance in the UK.

As ever, we always welcome your feedback on the content in this latest issue of Observe.

We started this conversation 50 years ago: here’s to the next 50!

Observe Magazine | Issue 09

Kester Scrope

Kester Scrope is the CEO of Odgers Berndtson's UK and Asian Offices. His career began in industry within the paper and packaging sector. He held various senior positions within the Mondi division o...



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