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Teneo Acquires Anna Whitlam People

Significant expansion of the Firm’s Talent Advisory business

Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, today announced that it has acquired Anna Whitlam People (AWPeople), a leading Asia-Pacific executive search and advisory firm specializing in corporate affairs, strategic communications, investor relations and marketing.

The acquisition further expands Teneo’s Talent Advisory and executive search business, which now includes more than 60 professionals across the globe under the leadership of Chris Wearing, Chairman of Teneo International.

AWPeople’s Founder and Managing Director, Anna Whitlam, will continue to lead the business as part of the global Teneo Talent Advisory leadership team, which also includes Sue O’Brien (Executive Chair of Ridgeway which Teneo acquired earlier this year) and Diane McIntyre, who leads the U.S. Talent Advisory business. Anna will become Head of APAC Talent Advisory, based in Australia, with responsibility across the Asia-Pacific region.

This transaction will enable the continued growth of AWPeople’s operations in the APAC region. The AWPeople team and clients will have access to Teneo’s global platform and wide range of advisory services. Candidates working with AWPeople will also have access to opportunities on a global scale.

“We are delighted to welcome Anna and the broader AWPeople team to Teneo,” said Chris Wearing, Chairman of Teneo International. “Our Talent Advisory and executive search business has quickly grown to become a global operation serving client needs around the world. The addition of Anna and her team will also help us further expand the unique, integrated service offering we are able to provide CEOs and leading companies across the Asia-Pacific region.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Teneo team, and to be playing a significant role in growing a world-class Talent Advisory practice,” said Anna Whitlam. “This opportunity enables AWPeople to scale within the Asia-Pacific region and to build out our current service offering. The dynamic and growing business needs in the region for increasingly sophisticated talent and advisory services provide the perfect opportunity for our growth.”

The terms of the deal are not being disclosed.