Executive Board

Rania Abdalla

Founder and Managing Partner of IRC UAE, Member of the IRC Executive Board

Rania is the founder and Managing Director of IRC UAE. She is the Executive Board Member of IRC Global Executive Search Partners. She is also the Global Leader of Consumer & Retail Practice Group.

She is a graduate of the American University in Cairo majoring in Economics and a holder of a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management in Kingston Business School, UK. Rania has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources out of which 11 years were in PepsiCo where she held international managerial positions in London and Dubai for 8 years and the HR Director for PepsiCo Egypt. During her tenure with PepsiCo, Rania was granted many global and regional awards; she was the “overall winner” of the Emirates Business woman Award (www.ewa.ae) - a prestigious award from HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoom. She also won the PepsiCo Chairman's Award; granted by PepsiCo CEO in New York. Moreover, she was recognized by director General of the UAE National Human Resource Development Authority through awarding her the Appreciation Award. Other awards granted to Rania include the Inclusion Award from PepsiCo Region's President and the Star Award at PepsiCo Headquarters in the US.

Members of the IRC Executive Board

Patrick Westerburger

President of the IRC Executive Board

Patrick earned a Masters degree in Management from Boston University and a Bachelors in Hotel Management at the Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands. For 20 years, he has fulfilled positions on director level, in both profit and non-profit organizations. He has travelled professionally to over 40 countries and speaks 6 different languages. Patrick has led international Sales and Marketing teams in the food business and worked as a Director of Marketing, Communication & Business Development for a global nongovernmental organisation. In 2004, he became a senior partner and co-owner of IRC Netherlands (Hagoort & Partners), one of the leading Executive search firms based in The Netherlands. His client base includes multinationals in manufacturing, food, pharma, agriculture and professional services. Patrick is President of the IRC Executive Board.

Marco M. Alemagna

Member of the IRC Executive Board

With a Political Science University Degree and a MBA at Henley Management College, Marco is the founding partner of IRC Italy (Open) and has a solid international HR experience built in multinational environments both in Italy and Europe. Before conveying his consultancy interests into the foundation of IRC Italy, Marco was HR Director South Europe with Cadbury Schweppes and Dun&Bradstreet, and held senior HR positions at Motorola, Diageo e Coca-Cola both in Milan and London. Marco has successfully recruited talented individuals into senior positions in Consumer, Financial Services, Industrial, Technology & Communication, Pharma, Professional Services in Italy and in mainland Europe.Working at Board level, he also regularly supports a range of blue chip, international businesses in their Change Management programmes. Marco is a member of the IRC Executive Board.

Rohan Carr

Member of the IRC Executive Board

With twenty years in the executive search industry, Rohan combines his previous senior experience within the chartered accounting, corporate advisory and stockbroking industries to deliver superior executive search solutions to his clients. Rohans clients also benefit from his considerable exposure to the higher education sector, and he is regularly sought by educational institutions when undertaking senior appointments. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Monash University. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Additionally, Rohan completed his Doctorate in Business Administration at RMIT University in 2005. Rohan commenced his executive search career at IRC Australia (The Insight Group) as an Associate before joining the international executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles where he spent three years as a Consultant. In 2002, Rohan returned to IRC Australia as a Director, where he now consults to a range of private and public organisations across a variety of industry sectors including financial services, manufacturing, not for profit, professional services and education. Rohan is also a member of various boards and advisory committees of private companies, not-for-profit organisations and educational institutions. Rohan is a member of the Board of IRC Global Executive Search Partners and also heads the Education Practice globally.

Warren Carter

Member of the IRC Executive Board

Warren is the Founder and Senior Managing Partner for IRC USA, Mexico and Panama, operating under the brand The QualiFind Group. The QualiFind Group is comprised of two distinct practices operating under the brands ExeQfind and TechQfind. Warren's career in talent acquisition began early, via the US Navy where for eight-years he recruited senior personnel in aviation, intelligence and medical specialties for the US Naval Reserve. He then took sales leadership roles in international logistics organizations, followed by his first role in executive search with RSM McGladrey. In 1999, Warren founded the search firm QualiFind, which evolved into The QualiFind Group in 2013. Warrens leadership of The QualiFind Group has led to developing branch office locations in the US, Mexico and Panama. Warrens focus and development of The QualiFind Group is to create a leading role in securing management and executive leadership talent for multinational organizations operating in the US, Mexico and Central America. Warren has successfully led search assignments in agribusiness, agriscience, energy, FMCG, food processing, industrial / manufacturing, life science, not-for-profit, and professional services. Warren earned a bachelors degree from Hawaii Pacific University and is certified in Diversity Recruitment. Warren is a member of the IRC Executive Board and leads IRCs Agribusiness and Agriscience Practice Group.