September 26, 2018 – Renovata, a global executive search firm with offices in London, New York, Berlin and Stockholm, has expanded with the addition of former Marlin Hawk consultant George Mazzella. He joins the firm’s New York office and will help its expansion efforts across North America.
Mr. Mazzella delivers both retained executive search and leadership advisory services to both public and private organizations. With Marlin Hawk, he was a key member of the firm’s financial services and alternative investment practices and played a critical role in the firm’s U.S. business development efforts. Before Marlin Hawk, Mr. Mazzella served as the delivery lead for Heidrick & Struggles’ private equity & venture capital practice. His work involved placing both board and C-level executives into some of the world’s leading private equity organizations and their portfolio companies.
“I am delighted to welcome George to Renovata,” said Mannie Gill, partner at Renovata. “He has an instinctive understanding of the way the business world is changing, from the mature and PE-backed businesses seeking to deploy more nimble technology environments, through to the most exciting emerging segments like AI and blockchain.”
Finding Top Talent
Mr. Mazzella said recruiting at the highest levels is both demanding and fulfilling. “We bring people into companies who will drastically impact the future of those organizations – the people we put in these roles can genuinely change the valuation of a firm,” he said. “Whether it’s bringing in the next CTO to retool the organization’s capabilities, or a CFO to take it public, our job is to play chess with the best talent in the world.”
And the game is changing. “The exciting thing in Renovata’s market is that all these high-growth companies reach a point where they must mature,” said Mr. Mazzella. “They must bring in managers who can inspire armies: They need more than just a strong engineer, they now need a technology leader.”
In the past, banks and manufacturers sought to attract great people from technology organizations, to bring in technology knowhow, said Mr. Mazzella. But now the flow seems to be in the other direction. “High-growth technology businesses are scouting traditional banking, automotive and manufacturing companies, because that’s where you find the talent to lead large people organizations and handle new challenges like tightened regulatory environments,” he said. “It’s a different talent market than five years ago, and Renovata has always had its eye on these trends. The product offering, the level of talent in-house and the track record that we bring, these all mean a different class of market insight for our customers.”
Growing Search Firm
Headquartered in London, Renovata’s team has more than 15 years’ experience building management teams for progressive businesses seeking disruptive leaders. Its team of industry and sector specialists help both high growth and large global companies recruit high impact leadership talent across all commercial and technical functions.
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Some of Renovata’s clients include: Dropbox, Spotify, Just Eat, Appnexus, Criteo, Expedia, Tesco, Sound Cloud, Deezer, Eyem, Rebtel, Viagogo, Skype, MOO, Livebookings, Skyscanner and Teads, among others.
Earlier this year, Renovata expanded with the addition of Aina Elnan as senior associate in its Stockholm office. “I’m delighted to welcome Aina to our Nordics operation,” said Michael McDonnell, partner and leader of the Stockholm office. “It’s a hugely exciting time for tech in this region and just as exciting for our business. Renovata clients here include Spotify which has just achieved an innovative IPO and a clutch of unicorns like Klarna. Aina brings similar commercial excellence to our team here.”
Renovata also added Anne Lucas as a consultant in the London office. Ms. Lucas has worked in recruitment for 18 years most recently serving as senior director and VP level talent at Pepsi.
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