January 18, 2017 – U.K.-headquartered executive search firm The Up Group has named Agnes Greaves as managing director. Ms. Greaves brings a wealth of experience advising both established market leaders and private equity-backed clients on organizational design and how to attract and retain high-impact and transformative leaders.
She previously served as executive director at Russell Reynolds Associates, where she worked on the firm’s global consumer team focusing on consumer goods and the digital sector. She also gained recruiting experience with Bright Young Things, Google, and Harvey Nash.
Alongside Ms. Greaves, Up Group has appointed Andrew Duncan, Roseanne Spagnuolo and James Burrows as directors.
Mr. Duncan joins the firm from Kindred Partners in San Francisco, where he helped founders and boards of U.S.-based early-stage and pre-IPO businesses to build and scale teams.
Ms. Spagnuolo brings deep expertise in advising executives on corporate transformation and organizational design, acquired through senior roles at Corporate Executive Board, S&P Global Market Intelligence and the George Soros Open Society Foundations.
Mr. Burrows has held senior commercial leadership positions at companies including Research Now, High50 and Golog. He had been previously part of the founding team at internet advertising pioneer, espotting.
Finding Digital Leaders
Founded in 2007 by Clare Johnston, Up Group has become one of a growing number of search firms focused on finding digital leaders for their expanding client rosters. Known for its strong relationships with digital executives, entrepreneurs and investors, the firm’s global clients include VC-backed companies (Skyscanner, WorldRemit and Airbnb); PE-owned organizations (Photobox, Graze, Trainline); tech companies (Google Deepmind, JUST EAT, TripAdvisor); and somewhat more traditional corporate concerns going through digital transformation (Aviva, HomeServe, Guardian Media Group).
Just recently, Up Group secured investment from mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge as the recruiting firm targets further domestic and international growth. Exact terms of the funding were not disclosed. The firm is using the funds to strengthen its delivery capacity, as well as expand its international footprint. It will take some of the investment capital to accelerate its ‘Digital Masters’ program, which brings together industry leaders throughout the year at a variety of exclusive networking events.
“Our amazing clients are looking to change the world, and we are determined to do everything we can to help them. This means growing our team and opening offices in some of the key centers where we’re seeing significant demand for our services,” said Ms. Johnston. “In Livingbridge, we have found a partner who really understands, and is excited by, the opportunities ahead, and we are delighted to be working with them.”
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media