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Barbara Hooper

Principal Research Associate
BA (Hons) Industrial Psychology
“Close to two decades in the executive search industry, and I still get an incredible kick from identifying ‘the one’ – that special spark of recognition that this is the right person to lead and grow our client’s business.”

Not surprising then that her love is for the challenge and adventure of searching for the needle in the haystack, the hen’s tooth, the blue moon, the perfect fit!

Why? A recent client case tells us. A new leader placed in South Africa for a global client, doubled their business in Africa within a year. Barbara (Barbs, as we call her), is compelled to identify leaders who grow businesses.

Barbara is one of South Africa’s most experienced executive search researchers and headhunters. It would be tough to find a leadership role she hasn’t had exposure to, and the depth of her industry knowledge and corporate network is enviable.

She has turned her dream of living a more balanced, pastoral (yes, you read that correctly) life into a reality, and operates remotely from the farm she and her husband own on the Garden Route. From Jack Hammer’s ‘Garden Route office’, she sends photos daily of new blooms, birds and other farmy things to her city-slicker colleagues.

Meet the Team

  • Rania Abdalla
    Partner: Egypt
  • San-Marie Barnard
    Principal Consultant
  • Adri Muller
    CFO
  • Ije Jidenma
    Partner: Nigeria
  • Michelle Bedford-Shaw
    Principal Consultant
  • Miranda Naiman
    Partner: Tanzania
  • Michelle Penhall
    Principal Consultant
  • Cindy Bell
    Partner: Central Africa
  • Tracy Dawson
    Partner
  • Sehar Neky
    Partner: Kenya
  • Debbie Goodman-Bhyat
    CEO
  • Lucy Bellato
    Senior Research Associate
  • Tapiwa Taodzera
    Research Associate
  • Barbara Hooper
    Principal Research Associate
  • Nadeema Jones
    Administration and Database Manager
  • Donna Steyn
    Digital Marketing and Communications Partner
  • Natashya Pillay
    Research Associate
  • Zinzi
    Zinzi Baatjes
    Client Liaison
  • Steve Glendinning
    Advisory Partner
  • Shaakira Martin
    Head of Administration

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