AltoPartners Names Stephen Dallamore Chairman of the Global Operating Committee

April 01, 2015 Share this article:

Johannesburg, South Africa – April 1, 2015 – AltoPartners, the international alliance of independent executive search firms, is proud to name Stephen Dallamore as the Chairman of the Global Operating Committee. Dallamore has served on the AltoPartners Operating Committee since 2012 and will continue to serve on that Committee as Chairman and regional representative for AltoPartners in Africa. Dallamore is also the Managing Director of Search Partners International (SPi), the South African AltoPartners alliance partner.

“Appointing Stephen as Chairman of the Global Operating Committee reinforces AltoPartners’ strategic drive to actively enhance the profile and positioning of the alliance in key territories. Stephen’s insights and understanding of trends in growing emerging markets have proven incredibly valuable in the alliance,” said Jean-Philippe Saint-Geours, former AltoPartners Chairman.

“I am honoured to take up the role of Chairman of an alliance such as AltoPartners. Our industry is at a critical turning point and the AltoPartners alliance is poised to adapt and evolve to meet those changes and actively partner with our clients to help them navigate through a challenging business landscape. Our alliance is a unique one – it is one that is inherently entrepreneurial in spirit and one where we foster true close collaboration globally while we approach our business assignments in innovative ways, with a strong emphasis on local knowledge,”* said Stephen Dallamore on his appointment.

With the appointment of a South African Chairman, the AltoPartners business “hub” moves to South Africa; a testament to the increasing recognition of the importance of putting an understanding of emerging markets at the fore of sustainable business operations.

Stephen has a B.A. (Econ. & Law), LLB (Transvaal Bar, Supreme Court, 1978); sat on a number of corporate boards and at a leading private school; Managing Director: Search Partners International (Pty) Ltd; Managing Director: Executive Services (Pty) Ltd; Director : MDM Private Equity Fund; Chairman: Weimershoek Farm (Pty) Ltd.

The AltoPartners alliance members are welcoming their new global Chairman and wish him every success in shaping the future of AltoPartners. At the same time, the alliance members and the AltoPartners Operating Committee want to thank Jean-Philippe Saint-Geours for his outstanding leadership and the valuable contribution as Chairman in building the alliance over the past years.

About AltoPartners

Established in 2006 as an alliance between three well-established groups, namely; Accord Group, Leaders Trust International and Oxygen Executive Search, today the alliance covers 50 offices in 31 2 countries. The AltoPartners alliance has created a distinctive force in executive search world-wide, giving global coverage across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. For more information about the work we do and the regions we cover, please visit Follow AltoPartners on LinkedIn at

About Stephen Dallamore

Dallamore left the legal profession and started a partnership business in 1977 called Mast South Africa. Mast was the largest corporate training group in South Africa and was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in October 1987. Stephen was the Executive Chairman of the group until June 1996 when Mast was merged with the Advtech Group.

In 1997, Stephen and three Mast colleagues started a change management consultancy, Connemara Consulting. In 1998 Stephen joined listed company MDM Growth Investments Ltd., a private equity fund specialising in entrepreneurial family business, as Executive Director. He helped manage several investments and chaired Compucomp (Pty) Ltd – a computer company in which MDM had a controlling shareholding, prior to its sale.

In 2002 he joined SPi (then Boyden) as a director, building Boyden SA’s global strategy and acting as the catalyst in right sizing and restructuring the business in 2003. He was appointed Managing Director in 2004.

About Search Partners International (SPi)

Our heritage is proof of our commitment to professional and ethical standards of the highest order. Growing out of South Africa’s first Executive Search business, TASA, established in 1974, Search Partners International (SPi) is built on a time-tested heritage of 41 years. SPi’s people – a team of highly experienced and qualified professionals – are best placed to interpret your specific executive and specialised management needs. For more information about Search Partners International, please visit

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