Signium Continues Expansion

July 21, 2017 – Executive search firm Signium U.K. has named Andrew Dawson as director of its industrial practice, Paul Surridge as global head of leadership consulting, and Dominique Graham as global head of legal and professional services.

“The recognition of Paul’s international expertise in leadership consulting is a real compliment to the impact he has made in less than 12 months at Signium,” said Alastair Paton, managing partner of Signium U.K. and vice chair of Signium’s global board. “Andrew Dawson’s deep expertise and high profile in the energy, transportation, infrastructure and broader industrial sectors helps us build on our existing U.K. capability in these areas. Dominique helped pioneer executive search in private practice in the U.K. and has an unrivalled global network in law firms as well as with general counsel in the corporate world. In her new role, she will help grow Signium’s business across all 45 offices.”


Mr. Dawson has more than 20 years’ experience in executive search in boutique as well as larger search firms. He was previously a key member of Hoggett Bowers’ senior leadership team and a former head of its industrial practice. He spent the past 18 years with the U.K.-based search firm. “I have followed the growth of the business in the U.K. over the past few years and saw their global agreement and rebranding to Signium in 2016,” said Mr. Dawson. “I feel that Signium offers me the opportunity to help lead the UK’s industry practice while also working with like-minded colleagues around the world. I am also excited to be able to introduce Signium’s leadership consulting capabilities to my clients.”

Mr. Surridge joined Signium from Korn Ferry, where he was a senior principal. He takes over the leadership consulting division from the Hong Kong-based founder of the practice, Kin Chong U. Signium’s consulting background and C-level contacts are a natural fit with leadership consulting services, and it has been gratifying to see the offering gain such deep traction with Signium’s global client base,” said Mr. Surridge. “I look forward to building on this with colleagues around the world.”

Ms. Graham was one of the founders of market-leading legal search and consulting firm Graham Gill, which became part of Signium U.K. in 2015. She takes over the leadership of legal and professional services from Toronto-based Carli Kinnear. Since we joined Signium, we have harnessed our expertise in the legal sector to a truly global organization with key offices around the world,” said Ms. Graham. “Signium’s consulting roots and leadership expertise has provided an obvious and complementary fit to our offering. I look forward to continuing to work with the Signium partnership in further developing legal and professional services.”

Global Growth

Signium has 45 offices in 27 countries serving clients in the Americas, Europe/ Middle East/ Africa and the 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.

Signium has been expanding in other regions around the globe as well. Here’s a look at the firm’s most recent movement from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

In June, Signium U.K. named Paul Surridge as global head of leadership consulting and Dominique Graham global head of legal and professional services. Mr. Surridge is an experienced management consultant, specializing in talent and transformation. He has worked with a wide range of FTSE 100/ 250 and Fortune 500 organizations in many industries.

At the beginning of the year, the firm added Johannesburg, South Africa-based Talent Africa, which became part of Signium’s EMEA regional offering and membership. “Talent Africa’s membership will add a significant footprint in sub-Saharan Africa for Signium,” said Ignacio Bao, chairman of recruitment firm.

In addition, Signium added Honoré Verbeet as a partner in Amsterdam. For over 20 years, he has completed hundreds of searches, both in the Netherlands and across Europe. At Signium, he focuses on the industrial & manufacturing, technology and professional services sectors. Mr. Verbeet has built a portfolio of clients for both local and international companies.

Lastly, the organization has expanded its footprint with a location in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Led by Marcelo Apovian, Jorge Kraljevic and Gilberto Lara, Signium Brazil provides executive search services across the industrial, consumer / luxury retail, financial and business & professional services sectors.

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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