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

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. Rohan's 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 also heads the IRC Education Practice globally.

Marco M. Alemagna

Member of the IRC Executive Board

With a Political Science University Degree and an 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. 

Michael Kantel

Member of the IRC Executive Board

Michael graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen holding a Major in Business and Engineering and also holds a Master in Education and Human Resource Development from the University of Stuttgart. In 2006 he joined IRC Germany (Friedrichs und Partner Unternehmensberatung GmbH) as an Executive Search Consultant and leads the Stuttgart office. He has a very strong background in sales and marketing, with professional engagements at the senior management level at FESTO, Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, XEROX and Pitney Bowes. In those positions, he served customers mainly from Industrial / Production / Automotive and Technology sectors. As an executive search consultant at IRC Germany, Michael focuses on Industrial/Production and Technology /Telecom sectors. In addition, he is an Associate Professor at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) -Schools of Business, Engineering and Social Work- in Stuttgart where he teaches Human Resource Management. Michael also heads the IRC Industrial / Production Practice globally.

Tom Berray

Member of the IRC Executive Board

Tom Berray has worked in executive search for more than 19 years, placing executives in early-stage companies and Fortune 100s. His expertise spans IT, aerospace/defence, biotech, energy, financial services, government, professional services, healthcare and non-profits. Prior to joining IRC USA - Cabot Consultants, Tom was a principal in the technology practice of Heidrick & Struggles, where he recruited senior IT executives. Before joining the search field, Tom worked with Gartner's Executive Programs, advising over 200 CIOs and CTOs. He previously held positions at Computer Associates and Xerox Corporation. Tom earned a B.S. in computer science and economics from Duke University.