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Profile – Nigel Seys-Phillips

Nigel completed his MBA at Warwick University, in the UK, and knew that the world of work beckoned – the only question, apart from why, was where!

Joining Jardine Matheson in 1976 (one of Hong Kong’s original trading companies founded in 1832) ensured that Nigel spent the next thirteen years living and working across Asia, in Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul, and working in businesses as diverse as offshore oil, hotel supplies, convenience store retailing and agency representation. While responsible for developing new business lines (after a stint at Harvard Business School) he moved to the UK to turn around the 7-Eleven business there, purchased from Guinness.

Changing track, but not pace, Nigel moved as Managing Director to run the UK business for Ecco Employment (the largest French employment Group) which he developed to 75 locations before managing the UK end of its global merger with Adia, to create the world’s largest employment services group, inspiringly named Adecco.

Another dreadful English winter provoked a move back to warmer climes and a position as COO of The Ready Group, which he helped direct, through merger and acquisition, to become the largest independent recruitment group in Australia, Chandler Macleod.

But Australia was still not Asia, and he moved back to Singapore in 2001 – first to assist with the development of Technigroup and then to set up the Asian arm of Design Bridge, a London-based branding and design company.

On completion of that project, Nigel decided to branch out alone, offering the breadth and depth of his experience in successfully running businesses to organizations in Asia.

He has now become a Singapore citizen – and Singapore is finally home!

Employment Profile – Nigel Seys-Phillips


Fulcrum Business Management Solutions (Singapore)
Providing consulting, facilitation and training to businesses and organizations across Asia

2004 – 2006:

Design Bridge Asia (Singapore)
Executive Chairman
Project to set up, develop and manage the Singapore operations of an international branding and design consultancy

2002 – 2003:

Technigroup Far East (Singapore)
Executive Director
Develop and manage all aspects of a leading manufacturer of office system furniture including local and international sales, design and manufacturing

1999 – 2001:

The Ready Group (Australia)
Chief Operating Officer
Transform a small industrial temporary employment agency to Australia’s largest privately owned human capital management group – 2001 turnover of A$230m. Grew this to 35 locations nationally with four distinct business lines / brands. Completed purchase and inte gration of acquisitions including new management structure and IT system with proactive inter-business cross-selling culture

1989 – 1998:

Ecco and Adecco Group (UK)
Managing Director / Executive Director
From 23 locations in 1989, through a merger with Adia to the UK’s largest recruitment group with 230 locations, four specialist brands and high street recruitment, with 1998 turnover of £520m and operating profit of £22.5m

1976 – 1989:

Jardine Matheson & Co (Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and UK)
General Manager / Operations Director
Operations Director of 7-Eleven UK (acquired from Guinness when responsible for new business development – also acquired Hong Kong Pizza Hut franchise -) General Manager setting up 7-Eleven licence in Singapore (from zero to 25 locations) – Regional Manager for Hong Kong based hotel supplies business, selling agency and own account lines – Marketing Manager in Korea selling and develop ing agency representation – Offshore oilfield operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Middle East

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