Executive Search for Africa & Emerging Markets

Placements

Big 5 Search exists to find and attract the best functional leaders from a global and competitive talent pool for our Emerging Markets clients. It is not enough for us to secure specific expertise; we work closely with our clients to ensure that candidates have the right mindset, cultural fit and the adaptability necessary to succeed in their roles for the long term.

Governance

  • NED/IC, SSA agribusiness investment fund UK
  • NED, Sustainable forestry Ghana

Commercial

  • CCO, EM energy services Kenya
  • Chief Product Officer, Clean tech Cote d’Ivoire

Leadership

  • CEO, Agri processing & distribution across SSA Kenya
  • CEO, Social Enterprises portfolio across East Africa Kenya

Investment

  • Partner, SSA Smart Infrastructure/Hard Tech Fund UK
  • Africa Director, Forestry Fund Kenya

Finance

  • CFO, Off-grid energy & consumer finance Ghana
  • CFO, Agri production & distribution Egypt

People

  • HRD, Impact investor across East Africa Kenya
  • HRD, FMCG multinational across Africa Cote d’Ivoire

Technical

  • CTO, Fintech payments Nigeria
  • Project Director, Natural gas to power Rwanda
Countries in which the Big 5 team has placed candidates

Countries in which the Big 5 team has placed candidates

Our Team

James Adair

James Adair

Partner

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James Adair

Partner

James previously worked in commercial shipping as a chartering broker with HSBC and subsequently covering the OSV market in Africa with a specialist brokerage. He lived in Ghana when working as a GM for a shipping agency and later represented local owners in setting up a successful JV with Swire.

Following this he moved into Executive Search, working as a Consultant for an Africa focused boutique. During this time, he completed numerous C-level assignments with success in representing both operating companies and private equity firms.

William McCaw

William McCaw

Partner

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William McCaw

Partner

William began his career in search and, before joining Big 5 Search, headed the Private Equity teams at two leading international boutique search firms in London, Hong Kong and New York. He specialises in Emerging Markets Executive Search in Alternative Investments and represents clients in VC, Growth, Private Equity, Credit, Family Office, Impact Investing, Energy/ Infrastructure and Real Assets.

Will has completed multiple assignments from Partner to Associate level across North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Asia, providing confidential advice on team composition, compensation, and competitor analysis.

Eleanor Khupe

Eleanor Khupe

Consultant

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Eleanor Khupe

Consultant

Having studied for a BS in Human Bioscience (majoring in Psychology) at the University of Cape Town, Eleanor went on to work for several leading executive search firms covering the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Eleanor has a strong track record in Financial Services having run C-level mandates in Asset Management, Banking and Insurance. With Big 5 Search she is based between Zimbabwe and Botswana, retaining her focus on companies operating in the SADC region.

James Stevenson

James Stevenson

Consultant

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James Stevenson

Consultant

James has over 20 years’ experience of senior placements in Africa, Europe and Australasia covering several sectors that include agribusiness, infrastructure services, technology and healthcare. In recent years he has focused on executive level searches in Africa.

On the Continent he has placed exceptional leaders with multinational and indigenous businesses. Highlights include placing a Kenyan MD for a listed, billion-dollar company and building the Pan-African team for an agribusiness across North, West, East and Southern Africa.