Meet The Team

John Curtis-Oliver

Managing Client Partner EMEA

John’s accomplishments in sourcing, selecting, and embedding transformative executives, who fit, grow, deliver and stay are well reputed.  John is well known for his work leading the global talent acquisition and leadership development at  Etisalat Group. In this role, he hired Chief Officers into all of Etisalat’s operations across Asia, Africa and Middle East. He also grew the group team, building from scratch the group digital, finance, commercial, legal, regulatory and performance management teams and making strategically important hires into other functions. In addition, he led Leadership Development, succession planning and talent assessment across the global footprint.  Prior to Etisalat he spent a decade in executive search with notable firms including RPI.  John has published articles on the technology sector and is a  judging panel member for the 2017 and 2018 CommsMea Telecoms Awards.  John re-joined RPI in 2018 from a global top 10 executive search firm, where he headed up TMT across the MEA Region.

John holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Modern Languages from the University of Sheffield and an MBA from the University of Hertfordshire.  He is certified as an Assessor by the British Psychological Society and the European Federation of Psychologists. He has also completed executive education programmes at Ashridge Business School and Wharton.