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Robert Knight brings 25 years of board, CEO, and international business leadership experience in the UK, Germany, and Asia to DHR’s Board & CEO Practice. Read more >

Robert Knight brings 25 years of board, CEO, and international business leadership experience in the UK, Germany, and Asia to DHR’s Board & CEO Practice.

Prior to joining DHR International, Robert served as the APAC Regional Practice Managing Partner at Heidrick & Struggles.

Previously, Robert was chairman and non-executive director on four Asian boards with Aviva, Britain’s largest insurance group. Also, during this time he was 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, however, was spent with Standard Life Plc where he spent 11 years as APAC regional manager & CEO of Standard Life (Asia) Ltd. He 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, Robert also 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.

Robert studied biochemistry at Aston University, Birmingham, England and started his career with Merrill Lynch Germany in 1976. < Read less



Hong Kong | Asia Pacific
London | Europe
August 2019

Hongkongers are reaping the benefits of a revolution in banking services, even before the first virtual bank kicks off

City’s eight largest banks have scrapped minimum balance fees effective August 1 Traditional lenders are upping their digital banking game in preparation for virtual banking challenge More >

January 2019 | HK Economic Journal

Financial Industry Recovers amid the Downturn, with Asset Management Bucking the Trend

The biggest wish of employees is an increase in salary. Research institutions’ surveys have shown that employees in the financial industry were the ultimate winners in 2018. According to the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management’s Pay Trend Survey, the financial services sector enjoyed the highest pay growth rate both in base pay adjustments (5.3%) and in non-guaranteed bonus plans (17.63 months of base salary) compared with other sectors. Will the growth trend continue in 2019? More >

December 2018 | Asia Asset

Competition fuels pay jump for locals at China asset manager tie-ups

Foreign investment management companies are competing for Chinese talent in the Mainland and “dramatically” driving up salaries of senior local executives at joint ventures between domestic and foreign asset managers, according to Robert Knight, a partner at US executive search firm DHR International. More >

November 2018 | South China Morning Post

Hong Kong real salaries to increase by 1.9 percent in 2019, ranking city behind China, Singapore in survey

• Salaries in Hong Kong substantially higher than most in the region, do not increase as dramatically as in many economies above it in survey, says ECA International • Workers in mainland China to see salaries increase at fastest rate in region, with pay of workers in Shenzhen to increase most rapidly More >