February 22, 2017 – U.K.-headquartered executive search firm La Fosse Associates has opened its first U.S. office based in Santa Monica, the hub of Los Angeles’ thriving tech and digital sector, where it is already engaged in a number of assignments for organizations ranging from early stage start-ups to global concerns.
Tom Vaughan, who heads-up the new location, will be responsible for establishing and expanding the firm’s West Coast presence. With almost a decade of executive search experience, he helped scale La Fosse from a team of 12 to 150 in just six years.
Mr. Vaughan’s expertise covers the digital and technology ecosystem where he has over eight years of dedicated recruiting experience. He leads the firm’s media practice where he works with listed businesses and VC / PE-backed start-ups to scale their leadership teams in the U.K., U.S., Europe and Asia. He recently completed a major global campaign with a FTSE 100 entertainment business where he introduced eight C-level suite hires into their London, Hong Kong and New York offices.
“There is a thriving tech and digital scene evolving in LA and businesses are enjoying unprecedented levels of investment,” said Mr. Vaughan. “This presents a huge opportunity for La Fosse and we aim to capitalize on this movement by helping businesses grow and providing exceptional talent.”
The Los Angeles area has a gross metropolitan product of $866 billion, making it the third largest economic metropolitan center in the world, after Tokyo and New York. The economy of Los Angeles is driven by international trade, entertainment (television, motion pictures, video games, music recording, and production), aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion, apparel, and tourism. Other significant industries include finance, telecommunications, law, healthcare, and transportation.
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“Expanding into the U.S. market is an exciting milestone for La Fosse,” said James Parker, a managing director. “Our American portfolio mirrors that of our U.K. offering, covering technology, digital and change roles at all levels from the board down. We’re confident our unique top-to-bottom capability gives us a solid foundation for success.”
La Fosse Associates is a specialist technology and digital recruiter with a wide band of service offerings, from board level through to technical roles. The firm has filled CIO roles for Linklaters, Sheffield Hallam University and Viapath. It has also recruited the chief technology officer at Hopster TV.
Just recently, La Fosse formed an alliance with Intelligent Partners, a provider of research and education on alternative investments. Through the partnership, La Fosse will serve as a ‘talent partner’ to the firm. It turned to the search firm, it said, because of its expertise in the technology and digital sectors.
U.K. Firms See Growth Opportunities In the U.S.
La Fosse Associates is not alone among highly specialized and expanding U.K.-based recruiting boutiques seeking refuge – and a business hedge – across the pond. Call it a British invasion with a modern twist. As the fallout deepens in the post-Brexit world, the U.S. is looking more attractive to search firms headquartered in London who find they can just as easily expand their global search platforms to America.
Here is a look at just a few of them taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
- SRi (Sports Recruitment International) just expanded to the U.S. with the appointment of Steven Moser as a consultant. Mr. Moser becomes the first SRi appointment to be permanently based stateside, expanding the firm’s global reach that already includes bases in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K. He is based in Phoenix;
- London-based executive search firm Nolan Partners expanded its operations to North America with the opening of offices in Los Angeles and New York and the appointment of Chad Biagini as managing director of North America;
- U.K.-headquartered Expand Executive Search recently launched its first U.S. office, establishing a presence in New York City. Executive search consultant Ollie Shipp heads the new location, relocating from the U.K.;
- London-headquartered executive recruiting firm eg.1 opened is first office in the U.S., establishing a location in New York City. The firm is led by Victoria Gumbley. She has assumed the title of vice president of North America, relocating from London to New York;
- London-based executive search firm Erevena opened its first U.S. office, establishing a location in San Francisco. The office is being led by partner Terry Shaw and principal consultant Max Levy, who relocated from London. Further additions the office are expected in coming months.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media