Born in England, but now Singaporean, Bob has studied and worked in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia.
After gaining a Masters Degree in Economic and Social Development from The University of Pittsburgh, he was a pioneer of The African Enterprise Programme (the financing of private sector SMEs) based in Abidjan and working through the Development Banks of five West African countries.
In 1979 he acquired 50% of a boutique executive search firm in Brussels which was then acquired by a Swiss firm for whom he opened an office in Singapore in 1989. Striking out independently in 1991 he subsequently merged Bob Gattie and Associates with Tan Soo Jin Management Consultants Pte Ltd under the worldwide umbrella of Amrop, one of the world’s leading executive search firms with 91 offices in 57 countries.
As Asia Regional Chairman, Bob successfully helped to establish Amrop Partner Firms in India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines.
He remains an Advisor to Amrop and a Director of Gattie-Tan Soo Jin Recruitment (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
He recently helped to incubate a specialised sports recruitment company, The Sports Recruitment Group (SRG), in Singapore. Headquartered in London, SRG has other offices in Lausanne and Sydney and has quickly become a global leader in the recruitment and management of talent for the sports industry.
Bob is also a Director of The Bamboo Group, a family real estate development and lifestyle company based in Singapore.
He and his Singaporean wife have two grown children.