Signium Names Practice Group Leaders

June 9, 2017 – Executive search firm Signium U.K. has named Paul Surridge as global head of leadership consulting and Dominique Graham global head of legal and professional services.

Mr. Surridge takes over the position from Kin Chong U, who remains with the firm as managing partner of Signium Management Consulting. 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 including the industrial, life sciences, ICT and financial services sectors. He leads a number of client engagements involving leadership and talent evaluation and development, executive coaching, strategic alignment, organizational effectiveness and high-potential programs. Previously, he was a senior principal at Korn Ferry, where he led a number of large assessment and development programs in addition to being global account manager for several blue-chip clients.

Ms. Graham succeeds Carli Kinnear, a partner with Signium in Toronto. With almost 30 years of experience in search and selection, Ms. Graham works exclusively at the partner and general counsel level. Her search assignments include general counsel for global corporates as well as partners for leading U.K., U.S. and international law firms across the globe. Ms. Graham was one of the founders of legal search and consulting firm Graham Gill, which became part of Signium U.K. in 2015.


“The recognition of Paul Surridge’s international expertise in leadership consulting is a real complement 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. “Dominique Graham 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.”

Signium U.K. also expanded recently with the hiring of Andrew Dawson as director of its London office. Mr. Dawson spent 18 years as director and head of the industrial practice at Hoggett Bowers. “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,” said Mr. Paton.

Global Growth

Signium has 47 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:

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.

Signium also recently opened an office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Led by Rubén Heinemann, Signium Argentina serves a number of industries, including industrial, financial, business & professional services, as well as oil & gas throughout Argentina. Mr. Heinemann has over 30 years of cumulative C-suite and executive recruiting experience in the Argentine market.

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 in several industries 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 Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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