August 14, 2023 – As part of an ongoing growth plan, executive search consortium Signium recently added Elbrus Partners and Digital 360 to its U.K. team with expertise across a wide array of sectors and practice groups. Under financial services, Signium welcomed Mark Jukes and Richard Hoskin, founders of Elbrus Partners, and within technology and professional services the firm added Michael de Kare-Silver, founder of Digital 360. “We are thrilled to have Michael, Mark, and Richard on board; we have been looking to develop our offering across financial services, technology/digital, and professional services which have synergies with our existing U.K. and global business,” said William Nell, managing partner, Signium U.K. “They are a superb fit for us in terms of expertise but also culturally which is crucial.”
“Signium expands with an esteemed trio of new partners joining our U.K. team,” said Annelize van Rensburg, Signium global chair. “We are delighted to welcome Michael, Mark, and Richard and trust you will be a great asset to the Signium community in serving our clients with continued excellence.”
“Mark Jukes and Richard Hoskin founded Elbrus Partners in 2013,” Signium said. “They have since built a successful search firm servicing recognized clients in financial services. Now Elbrus has combined with Signium U.K., with Mark and Richard joining the financial services practice, bringing ambitious plans to grow the firm’s business in the sector.”
Elbrus Partners’ expertise spans both sell side-side and buy-side including Japanese and Asian equities globally, U.K. equities (all cap research, sales, and trading), corporate broking, convertible bonds and other equity derivatives, risk and compliance, investment management, proprietary trading, and primary M&A / investment banking advisory.
Before founding Elbrus, Mr. Jukes started his career in the U.K. Ministry of Defense civil service. He then moved into executive search, where he has held senior roles building offices across Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Mr. Hoskin’s career has seen him in leadership roles at major financial institutions from Nomura through to heading equities at Mizuho Securities in Europe, before moving into search and founding Elbrus.
“As Elbrus’ celebrates its 10th anniversary, we are delighted to be joining Signium’s prestigious global offering,” Messrs. Jukes and Joskin said. “From our very early conversations it was apparent that Signium holds dear the values and behaviors that we also put at the center of our business, namely to treat everyone with the same respect that we would hope to be treated with ourselves, and to put the client’s interests above our own. Joining Signium provides us with a global reach, alongside world-class colleagues, with whom we are now able to support clients wherever in the world they need us.”
Technology and Professional Services
Digital 360 is a specialist London-based executive search firm. Mr. de Kare-Silver started his career as a lawyer, leading the firm Slaughter & May, then became a marketer with Procter & Gamble before moving into strategy with McKinsey & Company where he worked extensively with EY and CSC. Also, he is a former managing director of Argos.co.uk, and of Experian.com, a global data broker. At Signium, Mr. de Kare-Silver will continue to work with his existing clients and now the U.K. team to add further bench strength supporting clients in both legal and professional services.
“I’m very pleased to be joining Signium. The strength of the brand, its heritage, and the outstanding people I have met at the firm all excite me, as does the significant opportunity and potential of working together,” said Mr. de Kare-Silver.
Signium has 38 offices in 30 countries serving clients in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific regions. The firm delivers talent acquisition and management solutions for global companies across industry sectors, including consumer goods, financial services, technology, industrial, life sciences, and professional services.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media