Cobalt Recruitment Appoints CEO

May 12, 2017 – There have been a number of top leadership appointments at search firms since the start of the year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Executive search firm Cobalt Recruitment has named James Wakefield as its new chief executive officer.

Mr. Wakefield joined Cobalt in 2007 coming from the management team at Michael Page in London. Earlier, he served six years as an officer in the British Army. He was deployed on multiple operational tours and received a Queen’s Commendation. In 2009, Mr. Wakefield moved to the UAE to help Cobalt establish a presence in the region, and in 2014 he was promoted to international managing director, adding the Asia and New Zealand businesses to his duties.

“James has a strong track record and reputation for the creation and delivery of strategy, having successfully led our nascent international businesses through to market-leading positions,” said Adam Walker, co-founder of Cobalt. “Over the last decade, he has gained a broad understanding of our global business, spearheading a number of group level initiatives and drawing together our senior talent across the world. His expertise as a highly experienced leader, senior client relationship manager and seasoned recruiter, made our decision to appoint him as CEO an obvious one.”

“This structural change for the firm will ensure that the next phase of our global growth is achieved,” Mr. Walker said. “It is important for the company to now have a single point of accountability as our geographic reach and services increase; James’s knowledge of the business as a whole will be invaluable in this regard.”

“Having joined when Cobalt was just 70 strong and solely based in the U.K., it has been both rewarding and fascinating to play a role in building the company into the truly global force that we are today,” said Mr. Walker. “I have a clear vision to tackle every challenge, invest in our people, embrace technology and the ways in which the industry is evolving and ensure that Cobalt really can consider itself to be the very best recruitment company in every single jurisdiction in which we operate.”

Cobalt provides executive search services to the real estate, finance, accounting and banking, construction and engineering sectors. Its client base encompasses companies from large corporate organizations to niche entrepreneurial entities. The firm serves clients throughout the U.K., Europe, Middle East, Asia and New Zealand.

Leadership Appointments Rising Across the Sector

Leadership appointments have been gaining traction at executive search firms in recent months. Here’s a look at several taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

  • SRiCheyenne named Jay Hussey as CEO. Chief executive and founder, Pat Mastandrea, has moved into a new role at the firm as vice chairman. He joined SRiCheyenne from Odgers Berndston where he led the firm’s U.S. technology and digital transformation practices.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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