I lead Carter Murray’s Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences practice covering the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. In this growing sector, we consult with our clients to match leading talent with high profile multinational organisations across the pharmaceutical, medical device and life science sectors. I am a seasoned HR professional with an extensive background in recruitment, executive search and executive coaching. I relocated from Germany to Dubai in 2007 working within the HR department at Emirates successfully driving worldwide recruitment campaigns and growth. In addition, I set up my own executive and leadership coaching business catered for senior executives concentrating on enhancing effectiveness and behavioural skills. Prior to joining Carter Murray, I was responsible for emerging markets in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region at a boutique Life Science & Consumer Search firm where I focused on C-level and senior positions in sales, finance and marketing in some of the world’s leading consumer and life science companies.
Dunja has been a pleasure to work with and definitely I recommend her to other customers. She has been of great support to Allergan in building the KSA Leadership team and their direct reports. Dunja’s commitment to meet with all hiring managers for all roles, understanding the Allergan culture and needs was key to find best matching talents in the tough Saudi market. She managed to spend enough time with myself and the MENA VP to get the full picture of the current business and structure and future needs and plans of expansion before going out to the market and starting the search which I do not find it common with today's executive search companies and recruitment agencies. Despite the continues changes with Allergan management, restructure, limited recruitment budget and changes for some roles through the middle of search, yet Dunja’s close follow up and eagerness to understand the fast dynamic changes helped with closing all of the roles in an efficient time with no compromises with quality. Dunja was not only keen to partnership with Allergan, yet also played a very supportive role with all candidates whom I have met. The candidates highlighted her professionalism and commitment to update them always on where they stand from the process and what is the timeframe for next steps. It was obvious to me when I had my candidates' brief meetings with her, that she spent enough time with each and every single candidate not only via phone or Skype, but she was keen to fly to KSA and meet the candidates face to face. I appreciated her close follow up and updates to both Allergan and the candidates. Dunja supported us with the hire of; Country Manager for Saudi Arabia, Business Excellence Director, KSA, Governmental Affairs Director, KSA, Sales Force Effectiveness Lead, KSA, Senior Sales Training Manager, KSA and Product Manager, KSA. In addition to the successful placements mentioned above, Dunja supported with many other roles for the UAE regional offices & KSA; like Strategic Marketing Director, IMEA & Marketing Managers regional roles for UAE, which were not finalised due to changes in structure and change in plans for our region from Allergan’s side. Definitely, I would reach out to Dunja for more partnership and support in the near future and would highly recommend her to other customers, thank you Dunja!