KSearch Asia Consulting, Inc., one of the leading executive search firms in the Philippines, has formalized its Associative Partner status with the Horton International Group, a global executive search firm with partner companies in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, in a contract signing executed in December 2010. Signing for KSearch was its chairman and founder, Mario T. Mananghaya, formerly Chairman and Managing Partner of KPMG Laya Mananghaya & Co. Representing the Horton International was Dr. Robert Lo, the Group's Managing Partner and Regional Director for Asia Pacific. The contract signing ceremony was highlighted by a cocktail reception at the Tower Club attended by KSearch's clients, associates and institutional alliances. Horton International specializes in the recruitment of senior talent for the management, consulting, finance, human resources, information and communications technology, sales, marketing, manufacturing and engineering disciplines. Through more than 40 offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, it helps organizations in a wide range of industries and geographies recruit the people they need to succeed. Its global network is comprised of independent, locally owned organizations in each country, usually operated by the people who founded and developed their own business before joining the Horton Group. KSearch's link with the Horton International started in September 2007 when its President and CEO, Manny Guillermo, was invited to Horton's regional meeting led by Dr. Lo, then held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Guillermo made a presentation at the meeting about KSearch's executive and regruitment operations, highlighting the steady growth and success the firm has achieved since its startup in October 1999. KSearch has since been collaborating with the Horton International, starting with referred search mandates from Horton's partners from Thailand, Vietnam, the United States and Australia. KSearch's addition to Horton International's Asia Pacific presence is seen to provide a strategic synergy, along with Horton's partner firms in Australia, China (Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong), India, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.