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About GQR


Specialization. Collaboration. Globalization.

These are the three pillars of GQR’s strategic approach.

We are highly specialized in sectors that define the next phase of innovation: capital, natural resources, time and life. By specializing in Banking & Finance, Energy & Engineering, Technology and Life Sciences, GQR adds value to the world by identifying talent that transcends boundaries.

Our globalization objective offers international relationships to increase market penetration and allows us to dip into an infinitely diverse pool of talent and resources. Internal and external talent mobility enhances our ability to take on projects with more complexity and size.

Our people collaborate across teams, divisions, offices and the world to discover and deliver top talent to the most prestigious institutions.

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Our Culture Code: Accountability
We believe our people are architects of their own success, and we embrace the rare opportunity of meritocracy.
Our Culture Code: Adventure
We believe in being audacious – giving ourselves space to assume risks, explore opportunities and seek out new challenges.
Our Culture Code: Ambition
We believe in taking charge of our future and setting objectives that position GQR and ourselves as the very best in the industry.
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Our Story


GQR launched in London in spring 2009 with the objective of augmenting the human capital industry. Pursuing this goal has been the key driver behind delivering niche talent to the world’s most influential organizations.

In our first few years, we solidified ourself as a results-driven market leader with deep market expertise. This served to fortify long-lasting relationships with elite talent and institutions around the world.

GQR expanded into the Americas by opening its first U.S. office in Los Angeles. This extends our reach and global presence – with subsequent offices opening in New York in 2014, Sydney in 2016 and Austin in 2017.

GQR’s globalization pillar extends our access to the markets most important to the economy, placing extreme emphasis on business divisions that are scalable, futureproof and will make an impact not only on the economy, but the future of mankind.

Since our company’s inception, GQR has served more than 500 organizations throughout the world in more than 30 industry sectors.

We are proud to be named LinkedIn’s No. 1 Most Socially Engaged Staffing Agency in EMEA and the fastest-growing permanent recruitment services provider in the U.S. as ranked by the 2016 and ’17 Inc. 500. GQR is the only human capital firm to appear on the Inc. 500 list for two consecutive years.

Leadership Team

GQR’s tenacious leaders are at the forefront of our business uniting diversity of thought, highly specialized market knowledge and innovative strategies to drive global business growth.

Caroline Zakariasen
Los Angeles
Chad Bean
Los Angeles
Hugo Sugden
Los Angeles
Khashayar Shahmiri
Matthew Kent
New York
Samuel Totham
New York
Simon Kenyon
Los Angeles
Sonny Lo
Steven Talbot
Los Angeles

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