Hudson RPO Acquires UAE-Based Striver, a Leading Executive Search Firm

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Addition Solidifies Hudson RPO’s Position in the Middle East

Old Greenwich, Conn., April15, 2024 – Hudson RPO, a global total talent solutions company owned by Hudson Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSON), announced today it is expanding its presence in the Middle East with the acquisition of Striver, a Dubai-based executive search organization. This announcement follows Hudson RPO’s March 2024 acquisition of Dubai-based Executive Solutions, a firm focused on Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO).

With the new acquisition of Striver in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Hudson RPO is strongly equipped to partner with new and existing clients for their senior talent acquisition needs in the rapidly growing Middle East region.

The firm’s Middle East executive search efforts will be led by Striver’s founder and current CEO, Toby Simpson, who will take on the role of Managing Director, Executive Search at Hudson RPO. Simpson has extensive experience in executive and non-executive searches in investment banking, asset management and private equity; largely for portfolio companies across a wide range of sectors. He has worked throughout the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), partnering with boards across investment, private sector and government ventures.

Trained in London, Simpson has also worked in-house for a German private equity business and Saudi government entities covering mandates across EMEA.

“The dynamic nature of the business environment in the Middle East calls for true partnership with clients, offering more intelligent solutions that comprise excellence, value, and a more supportive framework of capabilities that help ambitious businesses attract and retain the best leadership on the global market,” said Simpson. “I believe that our team, with decades of appreciation of the culture and dynamics of this market, combined with Hudson RPO’s global support and research platform, will allow us to make a big difference for our clients in the region.”

The acquisition of Striver further strengthens Hudson RPO’s executive search function on a global scale. The firm recently announced the appointment of several executive search professionals in North America. This is in addition to significantly increasing its executive search function in the APAC region with the acquisition of Hudson Singapore in late 2023.

“We are pleased to continue to expand and enhance our offering in the executive search space. This furthers our ability to become and remain a core strategic partner for our clients as we assist them in putting the right people in place at all levels of their organizations to develop and execute a winning business strategy,” said Hudson RPO Global Chief Executive Jake Zabkowicz.

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Hudson RPO is a leading global provider of flexible and scalable total talent solutions.  At Hudson RPO, people, process, and technology come together to ignite transformative change at mid-market and enterprise-level organizations worldwide. Taking a consultative and collaborative approach, we partner with talent acquisition, HR, and procurement leaders around the globe to build diverse, high-impact teams and drive business success. Learn more at


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