January 18, 2019 – U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Savannah Group has expanded with the addition of Simon Musgrave and Phil Coulter as partners within the firm’s industrial and digital & technology practices, respectively. “These latest acquisitions see Savannah expand its depth of capability within the digital and industrial arenas,” the firm said.
Mr. Musgrave will be leading Savannah Group’s energy and industrial practice with a focus on senior executive and board appointments in energy, transport & capital equipment. He also has experience in the Nordic markets. Mr. Musgrave has more than 20 years of experience in international executive search and 10 years working in the energy and transport sectors. He joins the firm from Hoggett Bowers, where he was a director.
“What has struck me so far about my time at Savannah is how client focused they are with a natural confidence that enables them to do the right thing,” Mr. Musgrave said. “The executive search industry is changing, and Savannah is at the vanguard, providing flexible services, measured counsel and global reach.”
Mr. Coulter comes to Savannah Group from Korn Ferry with almost two decades of experience. His expertise lies in the technology market and function. Mr. Coulter has led teams across Europe and worked with companies at all stages of growth and development. Before joining Korn Ferry, he was a senior consultant with True North Human Capital Limited.
“I am delighted to be joining Savannah, a firm that I believe has the right blend of people, clients and expertise to be at the leading edge as the search industry evolves,” Mr. Coulter said.
“Following our re-branding as Savannah Group in 2017, we have been consolidating our position as a leading challenger to some of the more traditional international executive search brands,” said John Ellis, executive chairman. “Bringing Simon and Phil to Savannah allows us to increase our depth of capability within two of our specialist markets.”
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“The move towards a more digital based economy and the realization of the benefits that can be achieved through a more diverse team will result in businesses looking for new skill-sets and different backgrounds to maximize their opportunity to succeed,” he said. “This requires a forward-thinking approach, and at Savannah we are continually developing and improving our ability to offer exciting, fresh leadership candidates to our clients, despite a fiercely competitive talent market.”
Savannah Group was launched two years ago by the U.K. office of global search firm Boyden. Savannah’s team of 50 includes 20 partners that are specialists in their fields, including board and corporate functions, financial services, hospitality travel and leisure, industrial, digital and media, sport & entertainment industries. Corporate functions filled by the firm include: finance, human resources, IT / digital and sales & marketing.
“We offer a bespoke service, not trying to force a one size fits all solution on businesses that increasingly value a more modern, flexible way of working,” said Mr. Ellis. “Independent and more agile, Savannah believes it is well placed to deliver the tailored experience organizations are seeking, without clients having to compromise on quality or global reach.”
Last year, Savannah Group added Damian Walsh as a partner in its industrial practice and head of its board and CEO practice. During his international career of 30 years, Mr. Walsh has worked with leadership teams across multiple geographies and sectors including natural resources, manufacturing & distribution, technology, infrastructure, media and entertainment and professional services. He was previously a partner and a member of the global industrial and board and CEO practices at Heidrick & Struggles.
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