June 1, 2018 – 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.
“We launched FIND to apply our global expertise and decades of experience and pair it with a personalized, focused and, most importantly, authentic approach to executive search and talent acquisition,” the firm said. “At FIND we recruit for executive roles from director level to CEO, and cover functional areas related to all things product, brand, commercial, general management and operations.”
FIND partners with a diverse range of clients, from start-ups to multi-billion-dollar corporations, “who at their core, share a passion for dynamic and sustainable businesses built around outstanding talent,” the firm said. “Most importantly, while we are always curious about new technologies, trends and love innovation, our ultimate goal is to bring the ‘human’ quotient back into human resources, talent acquisition and executive recruiting.”
Ms. Benson has more than 20 years of combined industry expertise and executive search experience. She worked in retail and home furnishings before joining YSL Parfums. Her search career began at Rene Plessner Associates. She later worked at Herbert Mines Associates and she was a founding member of Martens & Heads! Her deep knowledge of consumer businesses extends to fashion and retail.
Ms. Fuchs-Santiago brings over 15 years of global executive search experience. Her search career began at Spencer Stuart in Vienna, then Herbert Mines Associates in New York, before she became a founding member of Martens & Heads! in 2003. She spent 14 years building her international fashion and luxury network across the U.S., EMEA and Asia while utilizing her bi-cultural background to develop a global industry perspective.
Ms. Puckett said her career is best divided into two parts: Her time spent growing, operating and leading subsidiaries of European lifestyle brands, and her executive search experience. On the brand side, she worked as companies such as Parfums Nina Ricci, Bally of Switzerland, Wolford and Dyptique. On the executive search side, Ms. Puckett gained early experience at Rene Plessner Associates, before spending 10 years at Martens & Heads!
Open for Business
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