CEO executive search


Find your next CEO with Cooper Fitch


When building a successful enterprise, few tasks are as important or as challenging as recruiting a Chief Executive Officer. Cooper Fitch has extensive experience in attracting and selecting outstanding leaders who are capable of setting the pace of an organisation, driving its performance and delivering on demands ranging from digital transformation to value creation.


As an expert advisor on executive identification, selection and recruitment, Cooper Fitch has led hundreds of successful Chief Executive Officer searches across the GCC since 1997. Our CEO practice partners with boards across various industries, sovereign wealth funds and portfolio companies to achieve their strategic objectives.


We collaborate with clients from the outset to develop an in-depth understanding of their vision, challenges, objectives and stage in their business lifecycle. Whether an organisation is initiating, expanding, consolidating, restructuring or navigating a crisis, our team has the requisite expertise to facilitate success.


With in-depth knowledge of the executive search space, Cooper Fitch has the knowledge and skills necessary to attract CEO candidates with the right cultural personality and competencies to drive organisations forward.

Successful Assignments

CEO – Consumer goods manufacturing, UAE

Cooper Fitch was mandated as the search partner to a SWF portfolio company to appoint a new CEO for a startup organisation in a niche consumer goods product line.  A consumer goods leader with expertise across start-up, value creation, manufacturing excellence and strategic development and execution were critical parameters in the search and appointment of the successfully placed high profile leader.


CEO – F&B production, KSA

Cooper Fitch was appointed as the search in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to appoint a new CEO for an established entity in the commodity and food production sector. Cooper Fitch were successful in working with NRC & Boards in securing the unique profile of agriculture, food processing, commercial and leadership expertise to lead the organisation into its next phase


CEO – Telecommunications, KSA

Cooper Fitch were retained by a well-respected IT & T organisation in Saudi Arabia to appoint a CEO to provide strategic planning and management, global best practice expertise, P&L management, revenue growth, transformation, stakeholder management and people development across the company. The appointment transitioned a commercially astute leader into lead the strategic transformation of the business. 


CEO –  Real Estate & Hospitality, KSA

As the search partner for a significant hospitality and real estate project in the Western Province of Saudi Arabia who would play a critical role in the development of tourism, GDP growth, visitor experience aligned with Vision 2030. Cooper Fitch successfully partnered with the Board in the search, assessment and selection of a CEO

Speak to the Expert

Jack Khabbaz

Managing partner

Representing the firm since 2013


Recruitment, executive search


Board, CEO, C-Suite and senior-level recruitment


CEO Sector Agnostic, SWFs, and Public Sector

About me

Jack joined Cooper Fitch in 2013 and is a Managing Partner and the head of CEO practice and public sector advisory. As leader of Cooper Fitch’s CEO practice, Jack partners with boards, NRCs and executive leaders from multiple industries and SWFs to support the search, assessment and appointment journeys of CEOs in the Gulf and globally. Jack brings more than 25 years of search, recruitment, consulting and commercials experience from the markets of Australia, the UAE and Saudi Arabia supporting organisations drive to their strategic objectives.

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