Pacific International News - Pacific Opens its Düsseldorf Office

Our Düsseldorf Office is Open!

Pacific’s DACH team have relocated from our London offices to our new offices in Düsseldorf. With more than 15 years’ experience providing Operations, Strategic Leadership and Change expertise on the mainland continent, we now join many of our major clients and extensive network in one of the most dynamic regions in Europe. From July 2018, Pacific will continue the path of expansion set by the opening of our US and Australian offices and build on our success with clients old and new.

From the Thames to the Rhine

Situated on the Rhine in the heart of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Düsseldorf is the ideal location to ensure that we can continue to provide key professionals for our clients in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Aerospace and Automotive space.

Our past delivery in DACH includes FMCG specialists in Production and Plant Management, Chief Operating and Finance Officers for Mittelstand manufacturers and Lean and Continuous Improvement consultants in a large number of sectors. More recently, Pacific has provided Digital and Marketing and Sales expertise, including IT and Sales Directors for our key clients as they look to capitalise on new technologies and emerging markets.

As the industrial heartland of Germany, the region boasts the headquarters of over a third of Germany’s top 100 corporations and is the European base of operations for many multinational companies. Once renowned for the heavy industry of the Rhur valley, since the late 20th Century the area has seen the growth of manufacturing, research and development and services, and the 21st Century has seen the rise of innovative digital businesses. 

In choosing the location of our new office, Düsseldorf was therefore the ideal site to bring our insight and capabilities closer to the clients and candidates that have been critical to our success in this exciting market.

Our Team’s Future  

Spearheading our European expansion since 2005 and Regional Director of our EMEA operations, Umair Safdar takes on the mantle of Geschaftsfuhrer (Managing Director) of Pacific International Recruitment GmbH. In addition to running our Manufacturing, Engineering and Production activities throughout Europe, he will be responsible for the continued success and expansion of our European business.

Umair said that the move to Germany ‘comes at the perfect time to take advantage of new opportunities. We have a great client-base and a huge network of candidates in the strongest market in Europe. Our team has so much experience and insight here, and it’s great to be taking them with me as we begin this new chapter for Pacific.’

Alongside Umair, Manuel Preg, our Head of Aerospace and Automotive EMEA, will relocate from our London office to Düsseldorf to continue cementing his extensive C-suite network in that sector while building his client-base. Accompanied by Account Managers Eva Wummel and Patrizia Huhnen, who form the lynchpin of our successful recruiting projects, our delivery team is excited to embark on this new beginning. Our EMEA Account Manager Sabrina Smelz, will continue to support the team from our London office. 

Pacific’s Group Managing Director, David Howells, spoke of the opening as “aligning with our position as a global executive search provider, the opening of our Düsseldorf offices to support the DACH and broader EMEA market made sense for many reasons. We had already planned to have an office in Germany for many years aligned with our ‘go where your customers are’ strategy but this was further enhanced with the outcome of the Brexit vote. The ability for us to relocate a team of 4 very strong Pacificans from London to these new offices means we’ll hit the ground running and be able to support a number of existing and new client projects from day one. This turnkey solution has seen us do very well in the US and Australia with prior office openings”

 If you are interested in learning more about our European operations and how we can help you, contact Umair on +49 (0) 211 5401 3901 or email

We have more information regarding the German market in this article on Mittelstand.


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