Publicis Media Creates Executive Search Practice

March 19, 2019 – In what continues to be a trend among organizations, London-based Publicis Media has launched an executive search practice which will be led by veteran executive recruiter Julie Jeantet. Ms. Jeantet will work closely with existing senior recruiters Mary Hurlock-Murphy and Marcus Wainer and will oversee Publicis Media’s internal talent mobility program for leaders.

“It has never been so critical to be a talent hacker, we need to move fast to drive our transformation, and setting up a professional search practice in house, properly connected to our business, will help us move faster in this very competitive environment,” said Severine Charbon, global chief talent officer at Publicis Media. “So, today’s announcement mustn’t be seen in isolation but as part of our wider talent investment strategy that includes our move to White City – our new U.K. hub – and our flexible working approach.”

“The sprint to the future will be entirely led and won by attracting and investing in the very best talent,” Ms. Charbon said. “Julie has extensive experience that spans the creative, media, digital and tech industries, so I am delighted to have somebody of her caliber on board.”

Previously, Ms. Jeantet was a partner at Grace Blue London with a special focus on senior roles in EMEA. She began her career at McCann Erickson New York in 2003. After spending several years as an account manager in the advertising and communications world, she joined Hanson Search in 2007. There, she worked for in executive search, specializing in leadership roles in the communications space before joining Grace Blue in 2015.

Publicis Media is one of the four solutions hubs of Publicis Groupe. The organization is committed to helping clients navigate the modern media landscape and is present in more than 100 countries with over 23,500 employees worldwide.

“The communication industry is transforming dramatically and it needs to continue to reinvent itself by hiring the visionary leaders of tomorrow,” said Ms. Jeantet. “I strongly believe that Publicis has this innovative and future facing vision, and that’s why I am excited to join the team.”

Offering Search Solutions

Over the past year, a number of other organizations have expanded their retained executive search services or added them to their respective offerings as the top-end talent sector heats up globally. Here’s a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Tigard, OR-based Motus Recruiting and Staffing has formed a new executive search division within the company focused on identifying and recruiting qualified candidates for senior-level and executive jobs. “Motus has built a strong reputation of providing exceptional talent and we will now complement those successes with the addition of our executive and retained search services.”

Molloy Associates, a recruiting firm exclusively serving the equipment finance industry, recently launched an executive search division. The newly formed unit will be led by Bill Purcell who joins the company as senior vice president and client partner. Mr. Purcell has more than 30 years of executive management experience in the equipment finance industry. 

LifeSci Partners, a life sciences-focused consultancy, has launched LifeSci Search, a global executive recruitment service. It was founded “to address the broad deficiencies in the life sciences recruitment market largely centered around the specialization required for life sciences clients,” the firm said.

MediaLink, an Ascentia-owned advisory company, has appointed Trish Shortell as managing director, executive search, based in its New York office. In her role, she will lead the firm’s executive search practice and will report to Michael Kassan, MediaLink’s chairman and CEO.

Vancouver-based recruitment company Goldbeck Recruiting recently launched a retained executive search division. For almost 20 years, Goldbeck has been helping companies fill mid- to senior-level positions on a contingency recruitment basis, and has accepted clients on a retained executive search upon request. 

U.K.-headquartered recruiting organization Datacenter People has formed a new executive search subsidiary, Portman Partners, to focus on C-level leadership and senior executive roles within the datacenter industry worldwide. “This is a new chapter in the growth of the firm,” said Peter Hannaford, founder of Datacenter People.

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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