Singapore – Global executive search firm Grace Blue has announced that it will be expanding further in Asia-Pacific and invest in its Singapore office. As part of its expansion, the firm has appointed two new hires namely Ayesha Desquiens as partner and Valerie Shen as associate consultant.

Desquiens, who is originally from India, is a seasoned international executive recruiter who has lived and worked across India, Japan and France and has specialised in helping brands from the consumer, technology and media industries in key markets such as Japan, India, Korea, Australia and Europe.

She will join the team from Paris before moving to the APAC region later in the year to partner closely with global clients headquartered in EMEA and the US and hiring in the APAC region.

Meanwhile, Shen, who is based in Singapore, has a long marketing and advertising experience with over 10 years spent at leading agencies such as Y&R and Hogarth Worldwide managing blue chip clients in industries such as academia, automotive, FMCG, pharmaceuticals, retail and tourism industries across APAC.

Both Desquines and Shen will be reporting to Helen Duffy, CEO for APAC at Grace Blue.

“We are thrilled to have Ayesha and Valerie joining the team to expand our footprint and deepen our expertise in Asia. This will allow us to support our clients to find the very best leaders across Japan, Korea and India, as well as those markets including China and Southeast Asia, where we have become well-established over the past eight years,” Duffy said.

Meanwhile, Juliet Timms, founder at Grace Blue, commented, “I am excited to welcome Ayesha and Valerie. The investment in the Singapore office is a testament of our growth and a response to our clients’ needs to further support them in the appointment of transformational leaders in the entire APAC region across brands, agencies, media and the technology sector.”