In 1993, spotting the potential of the new professional employment markets in the former Warsaw pact countries, he set up his own business and named the company Antal – Hungarian for ‘Anthony’. Since then Tony and his team have developed substantial businesses in some of the most challenging emerging markets across the globe, such as Russia, India and China, through a mix of wholly-owned operations, franchises and joint ventures.
Tony and his team have been responsible for two of the most high profile deals in the international recruitment sector in recent years – the sale of the majority stake in the company’s Russian operations in 2008 and in its Polish business in 2013. Most recently he joined forces with Career International to expand on the already highly successful Antal China business.
His impact on his chosen industry has been recognised through a series of major awards including LondonlovesExcellence ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ 2014, Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year (Business Products and Services)’, Global Recruiter’s ‘Best Overseas Operation’, Recruiter magazine’s ‘Best International Recruitment Agency’ and APSCo’s ‘International Recruitment Company of the Year’.
A passionate believer in corporate social responsibility Tony is the founder and funder of the Antal Charitable Foundation, which works with charities around the world to improve the living and educational conditions of under-privileged children, such as charities like Regenerate UK, DofE and Womanity Foundation.
Despite being an enthusiastic, if exhausted, father of eight, Tony also occasionally manages to find time to make use of his long-standing season ticket at Chelsea FC.
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Websites: www.antal.com / www.tonygoodwin.co.uk