April 8, 2012

Horton International re-enters India, aims to be in top 5 HR firms

Global executive search firm, specialising in the recruitment of senior talent, Horton International has re-entered India and will mainly focus in maritime and health care, a top company executive has said.

"Earlier, we were present in India, however, we exited the country in 2003. Now, we are planning to focus in maritime and health care," Horton International Managing Partner Robin Billen said. The company will only cater to a niche category, which is talents at senior executive levels or specialists, he said.
Horton International will also cater to providing talents in media and entertainment, consumer goods, services, retail, manufacturing, he said.

The firm, with a global presence in more than 40 locations in 27 countries, is aiming to be among top five executive search firm in the country in the next 3-5 years, he added.

Horton International also plans to expand its footprint in 30-35 countries by the end of this year, he said.

"We are looking at long term relationships with our clients and will specialise in niche segment, therefore, we plan to go slow. Initially, we are looking mid-sized companies and be part of their growth story," Horton India Managing Partner Dipy Nigam said.

Horton International has set up offices in two locations in the country, including Mumbai and Baroda and is planning another two like Delhi in north and one in the southern India, whose location is yet to be finalised, he said.

"There is a lot of movement happening in vibrant Gujarat and we aim to tap this opportunity," he added.

India, with its growing economy, is a significant market for the $30 million company, he said.