Norman Broadbent Bolsters Growth Efforts With New Appointments

Norman Broadbent adds Gary Browning and Paul Aldrich

October 2, 2017 – Norman Broadbent Group, a London-based executive recruitment and advisory firm, is continuing to strengthen and expand its operations with the appointment of two key leaders.

Dr. Paul Aldrich was recently named managing director of financial services within the firm’s executive search practice. And Gary Browning was appointed strategic adviser to the group CEO and PLC board.

The firm also announced that it has appointed London-based WHIreland as its nominated adviser and broker, effective immediately.

Tim Hammett, managing partner of executive search, said Dr. Aldrich will be a valuable addition to the firm. “Paul has a huge amount of experience working with both long established corporations and fast-growth businesses in the financial services space worldwide,” he said. “Not only has he a vast amount of search experience, but his creative approach to solving a client’s problems fits with our solutions-driven approach. Paul instinctively saw how our portfolio of talent services can help clients meet their increasingly complex people challenges. We are delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Dr. Aldrich has search experience of more than 20 years, working for boutiques and large global firms. He has covered banking, asset and wealth management, and insurance across EMEA, APAC and the U.S. Dr. Aldrich has led searches for executives to run significant business divisions as well as executive management in risk, compliance, audit, finance, human resource management and technology, where he has examined the talent impact of emergent technology and the future of work. He has also served as a consultant around various aspects of roles and organizational design in talent management.

Deep Experience     

Dr. Aldrich holds both an MBA and a doctorate in business from Durham University, the latter of which focused on talent portfolio management/ people risk. He is a visiting fellow at Durham University’s business school and a senior lecturer in human resource management at the University of Roehampton’s business school.


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Mr. Browning’s role, meanwhile, will be to provide advice and support in strategic opportunities, market and competitive developments and to assist in the execution of Norman Broadbent’s growth plan.

He brings two decades of relevant sector experience to the firm. In 2002, Mr. Browning joined Penna Consulting, the international human resources consulting group. He was chief executive from 2005 to 2016, when the business was sold to ADECCO S.A. Previously, he worked for 12 years with WPP Group where he was managing director of BDG McColl.

Mr. Browning is currently a non-executive director at CloudCall, a non-executive director and advisor at Lee Hecht Harrison Penna, board advisor to MyKindaFuture, a non-executive director at Talking Talent, a non-executive director at Employment Conditions Abroad, board advisor to AMEO and a director (national advisory board) of Career Ready.

Achieving Growth

“We are delighted to welcome Gary to Norman Broadbent,” said Mike Brennan, group CEO. “His significant experience and counsel will be of great value to the board and me as we enter the next stage of our growth plan. We are ambitious for the company and feel Gary not only understands that ambition, but can help us achieve it.”

The board, he said was also pleased to welcome WHIreland to Norman Broadbent’s group of advisors. “As ‘growth advisors,’ they seem ideally positioned to help the company as we enter a new and exciting phase,” he noted.

Norman Broadbent provides talent acquisition and advisory services to clients that range from established corporations to high-growth innovators. Its services include board and executive search, interim management, research & insight, leadership consulting & assessment and executive-level recruitment solutions.

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

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