City Executive Search Opens Doors in the U.K.

City Executive Search U.K.

June 8, 2018 – City Executive Search has been launched in the U.K. by Mike Lee, Dale Williams and Duncan Powell.

The firm provides executive search services to organizations in a range of sectors including financial services, information technology, fintech, human resources, sales and marketing.

Based in London and Cardiff, the organization’s clients range from FTSE-listed firms to private equity backed/venture-capital backed businesses and many emerging to middle-market growth companies.

Mr. Lee, the former managing director of the executive search division of Robert Half, has 22 years of recruitment experience working with everything from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. After starting his career in financial services, he spent 15 years in executive search, where he has helped to identify and appoint C-suite and senior-level roles for global brands across a range of sectors.

“Finding the right executive talent is vital for businesses operating in an increasingly global and competitive environment,” said Mr. Lee. “Through my experience delivering executive search services for global organizations, I know the importance of identifying the very best talent and placing candidates in roles where they can maximize their potential and drive strategic objectives.”

“Using my knowledge of the U.K. recruitment market, my passion for identifying talent and my insight into client and candidate needs, I am looking forward to helping organizations across the U.K. find the right people to drive their success,” Mr. Lee said. “I am extremely pleased to be working with Dale and Duncan, whose wealth of experience in the recruitment field and ideas have been instrumental in launching this new business”

Mr. Williams, who also serves as CEO of Cardiff, Whales-based recruitment firm Yolk, said that finding and retaining the right talent is the key to building competitive advantage. “With extensive experience and a thorough understanding of the market, I’ve gained an appreciation of clients’ needs and what it takes to achieve success through a strong team,” he said. “Both Duncan and I are looking forward to working with Mike to grow City Executive Search’s footprint in the marketplace, and to helping businesses and candidates achieve their full potential.”

Mr. Powell has nearly 20 years industry experience working for global recruitment firms. He is co-founder and managing director of Yolk, where he works with teams of directors and senior management teams to deliver a recruitment expertise to candidates and clients.

Open for Business

In recent months, new recruiting firms have put out shingles around the world in a wide range of industries. Here’s a look at a recent sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

FIND Executive Consulting recently opened its doors in New York City. The firm was launched by former Martens & Heads! search consultants Kate Benson, Theresa Fuchs-Santiago and Jennifer Puckett. FIND’s industry focus spans the worlds of fashion, beauty, retail, luxury and lifestyle.

Wealth management industry veteran Michael Brody, along with KDS Strategic Search, announced the establishment of Fiduciary Search Group (FSG), a recruiting, placement and search firm offering a new model designed to provide fiduciary representation for premier wealth managers, RIAs and small to mid-sized broker dealers. 

Flashlight Partners, an executive recruitment firm based in Carmel, IN, has opened for business. “I believe that one should live intentionally and not vicariously,” said founder and CEO Laura Latham in a recent interview. “For me, being intentional meant starting a company where values and relationships mattered more than business transactions.”

Former Credit Suisse banker and personnel consultant Christian Haas has opened Haas Associates in Zurich to focus on the asset management industry. Mr. Haas has more than 10 years of practical experience in the field of asset management. Previously he was active as, among other things, the head of business development institutional clients at Credit Suisse.

Simon Pollock has launched Simon Pollock & Co in London, specializing in senior level executive search in global media and entertainment. Mr. Pollack most recently served as head of the media & entertainment practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Before that, he was a partner at the SevenArts, a boutique search firm.

Veteran executive recruiter Jennifer Muller has launched Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES), a higher education search firm focused on high precision, flexible executive search services, career planning and candidate coaching. Ms. Muller has 20 years of experience in research and development for higher education and Fortune 500 companies.

A new executive recruitment firm, Hanning Recruitment, has been launched in the U.K. It is headed by Toby Speke and backed by Rory Penn and Thomas van Straubenzee of the London agency VanHan. Mr. Speke previously worked for VanHan as well as global real estate firm Knight Frank.

Anuj Dhawan, former director and partner at Positive Moves Consulting, an angel investor in a Seattle-based healthcare IoT business, has founded executive search firm Cognitive Talent Partners LLP. Based in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, the firm provides executive search services to private equity funds, banks, consumer lending clients and global technology corporations.

Veteran Edward Batchelor has launched executive search firm Hardman Batchelor International, LLC. Based in Austin, TX, the firm specializes in recruiting and assessing leading board directors, CEOs and C-level executives with a particular focus on cultivating the Austin market.

The U.K. office of global search firm Boyden has launched a new executive search and interim management business called Savannah Group. Savannah’s team of 50 includes 20 partners that are specialists in their fields, including board and corporate functions, financial services, hospitality travel & leisure, industrial, digital and media, sport & entertainment industries.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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