CNA International is excited to announce the opening of its office in Papua New Guinea (‘PNG’).

Oceania Region Fred KowasCNA International is an Executive Search and talent organisation that has been operating since 1993. It has over 31 offices across the UK, Europe, Australia, India, and other parts of Asia and Oceania. CNA is part of Pertemps Network, the largest independent recruitment company in the UK.

Fred Kowas has been appointed as our Country Director to lead the PNG operations and its growth plans. Fred will be supported by Mr Mahadevan Shankar, Managing Partner for Oceania Region, who has over 30 years of global work & business experiences as a former Big4 Accounting firm Partner and Strategic Consultant, including about 15years at various times in PNG and the South Pacific countries.
He is a CPA and Chartered Accountant with over twenty 25 years of experience in PNG and Australia. Fred has held extensive leadership roles in different sectors of PNG’s economy and has undertaken many Executive level and other recruitments.

Fred Kowas, Country Director – Papua New Guinea, said: “Our focus will be to work towards the identification and placement of highly skilled, talented PNG citizens into key Executive managerial positions as part of the #takebackPNG policies. In due course, we will also provide leadership training, project management and other skills development courses as part of our service offerings in PNG.”

“There are few large mining and infrastructure projects in the pipeline, including the Wafi-Golpu mine and the Papua LNG projects that will generate significant employment across many sectors in PNG. CNA International PNG will offer our unique Executive Search and Recruitment services from landowner companies to SMEs and other large public & privately held PNG & multinational companies.”

Nick Sprang, Managing Director of CNA, said: “We are excited about the unique opportunities and challenges the PNG economy presents. We are proud to have Fred, a skilled & suitable qualified Papua New Guinean as our Country Director, to lead our business growth plans. We intend to make contributions in Executive Search and recruitment in PNG, as a globally reputed International brand”

Fred is currently the Founder and Partner of Kowas Chartered Accountants and will continue to bring significant synergies through his professional networks.


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