Knight Joins DHR International as Partner

Mar 22, 2018

HONG KONG – Global executive search firm DHR International is pleased to announce that Robert Knight has joined the firm as Partner and brings more than 25 years of board, CEO, and international business experience in Europe and Asia to the firm.

Prior to joining DHR International, Knight served as the APAC Regional Practice Managing Partner at Heidrick & Struggles. Previously, Knight was chairman and non-executive director on four Asian boards with Aviva, Britain’s largest insurance group. During this time he was also chairman of Vietnam Pioneer Partners a Saigon based investment fund partnered with the World Bank, a senior management advisor to Ernst & Young, and chief executive of the Hong Kong Rugby Union.

The bulk of his career was spent with Standard Life Plc where he spent 20 years as APAC regional manager & CEO of Standard Life (Asia) Ltd. Knight was responsible for establishing their joint venture company, Hengan Standard Life in Tianjin, China and the new life company Standard Life Asia in Hong Kong.

During this period, Knight attended Premier Zhu Ronji’s state pension’s advisory panel for the Leoling Project and in 2004, presented a paper to Harvard Business School on Chinese State Pension Reform.

Knight studied biochemistry at Aston University, Birmingham, England and started his career with Merrill Lynch Germany in 1976.

For more than 25 years DHR International has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe.  DHR’s renowned consultants specialize in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of our select client base. For more information on DHR International, visit