Gary

Stolkin

Global Chairman & CEO

Much has changed in the marketing and communications landscape since I launched The Talent Business in 2007, but the need to attract and retain transformational leaders and senior talent has never been so integral to delivering sustainable commercial success. The Talent Business has hubs in London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Shanghai, Dubai, Berlin and Sao Paulo, and has established itself as the world leader in executive search for businesses fueled by innovation and creativity. We build leadership teams and secure transformational talent across all marketing and communications disciplines for a broad range of communications agency groups, tech platforms, brand owners and consultancies. As Global CEO, I have first-hand experience of identifying and securing leaders capable of driving business transformation - globally and in key markets around the world. I also work with agency groups on their acquisition strategies, and advise brand owners on the selection of agency partners. I am a five-times speaker at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, an Opinion Contributor to Adweek, and have also written for Fast Company, AdAge, The Drum and The Guardian. I was on the advisory council for Business Insider's 'Most Innovative CMO's in the World 2017'.

Emma

Ward

Managing Partner,
Business Leadership - Europe

Having spent 16 years in advertising agencies, always with a keen interest to nurture and develop effective teams in order to build strong businesses, I joined The Talent Business to focus on just that and to find transformational talent for the creative industry. I spent my former years at Publicis leading the likes of McVities, Allied Bakeries, Muller and Coca Cola, then moved to be Business Development Director, and subsequently Managing Director, of the boutique comms consultancy Banc. The last 5 years of my agency career were spent as Managing Director of Farm, running the agency and heading up Nestle business. I have an avid interest in anything at all related to sport and constantly exercise my negotiation skills at home with my two children Finn and Edie.

Simon

Gottschalk

Managing Partner,
Innovation

I joined the advertising industry as a graduate, serving my time in the Bates UK post-room before cutting my teeth on fast-paced retail and media-owner clients. After four years in a network agency, I felt it was time to try something different and moved to creative boutique St. Luke's where I led the Strongbow and British Telecom business. Another four years later, having enjoyed the small agency feel but eager to work in a digital led environment, I went to Albion to oversee the eBay business. After 12 years in client services, I joined The Talent Business as a way of bringing together my passion for people and business - enabling the best talent in our industry to fulfil its potential whilst also growing our client’s business and helping them achieve commercial and creative success. Away from work (and alongside fatherhood) I have two big passions in life: music and skiing, which means that I spend a lot of time either playing the piano, or living vicariously through snow-cams across the 3 Valleys.

Richard

Watson

Partner - senior talent

I started my career in magazine publishing, working across editorial and sales on a range of key titles for MacMillan. My avid interest in the media and entertainment industries led me to embark on a career recruiting for TV, music, tech and publishing businesses at a boutique agency, heading up its Marketing and eCommerce division and managing key accounts including Google, Penguin Random House and Universal Music. I have been focused on executive search, hiring marketing and eCommerce leaders into consumer tech start-ups across the UK and Europe. Joining The Talent Business as a Partner within our Marketing Practice has allowed me to consolidate this experience alongside a continued fascination with creative businesses. Away from the office, music is my all consuming passion, but I occasionally allow for comedy, film or art to take centre stage when the mood dictates.

Olivia

Skone

Partner - mid weight & senior talent

My fifteen years in advertising spanned agencies such as WCRS, RKCR/Y&R and CHI where I was lucky enough to run award winning campaigns for the likes of M&S, The Times and Sunday Times, Land Rover and TalkTalk. I mixed up my time in advertising to pursue different passions: completing a post grad in periodical journalism, Marketing Manager at the start up Espotting.com, pitching advertiser funded programming at ITV and having my two sons – my most daunting role so far. At The Talent Business I look after mid weight to senior client services talent; from salary and promotion advice to placing transformational talent in agency and client-side roles.

Cecile

Beaufils

Partner - mid weight & senior talent

Although a French national, I spent most of my childhood in New York and all my professional life in London, leaving me with a rather odd Irish accent. I started my career in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi where I learned the ropes on Visa and Sony, then moved on to AMV BBDO running Guinness, Yellow Pages and Mars. After seven years there, it was time to try something different and so I moved to Leagas Delaney as a Board Account Director. I spent three very intense and happy years there heading up Patek Philippe worldwide and looking after the account handling department. This is the side of the job that I most enjoyed and when it was time to move again, I decided to joined The Talent Business to focus on people, their careers and potential. When I am not working, I am trying to do too many things. Currently high on my lists are trying to write and illustrate a children’s storybook, make the perfect macaroon, and run a half marathon here and there. But most of my time is taken up by being a mum in training to my two little girls.

Matt

Drew

Partner - Production/Delivery Talent

My fascination for marketing started whilst I was at school and had the chance to do a work placement at a local ad agency. After graduating from university in Leeds, I went into account management, working with The Daily Mail, American Express and Bosch, and handling new business. I learnt now redundant information about the print and TV process, but thankfully also learnt the importance of brands, ROI and exploring the then relatively new ‘internet’ for our clients. Since moving into headhunting ten years ago, I have launched a successful start-up recruitment business and worked as an independent consultant advising agencies, client side organisations and production companies on the digital re-engineering of their production capability and how to secure the talent required to deliver their offering. Outside of work I’m sports mad. Due to football injuries and age, I retired my playing days and took up cycling instead. I get my football fix at weekends as a shareholder and season ticket holder at non-league, Tonbridge Angels Football Club. I’m also married and a father to two wonderful boys. I joined The Talent Business as a canvas to provide senior operations and delivery talent, for client side, agency side and production businesses globally.

Louise

Wall

Executive Consultant

I have worked in advertising and communications all my adult life and have loved (almost) every minute of it. I started my career at Young and Rubicam and was lucky enough to subsequently work for some really great agencies. My last agency role was as CEO of EHS and it was from here that I made a u-turn, wanting to stay in the industry but try something slightly different and so I entered the world of headhuting. After four years of running senior searches for the leading integrated agencies, I followed my personal dream of starting a coaching and training consultancy offthewallconsultancy and am co-founder of the first ever on-line training facility in our industry, Marketing Mentor. In addition to running my own coaching and training consultancy, I also spend one day a week as Executive Consultant to The Talent Business, focusing on Europe’s leading integrated agencies and senior management. I remain passionate and enthusiastic about the industry and excited about how the market is ever changing. When I'm not slaving away on the above, I love to travel, walk dogs and seriously partake in great food and wine. I also never turn down any invitation to watch sport or participate in any form of dancing when I get the chance.

Zee

Shepherd

Talent Assistant & Head of Assistants

After graduating from Leeds University and some time spent travelling, I moved to London to embark on my career as a PA. The first few years were spent in the Financial Industry, before making the decision to move into the creative world. In my spare time you will find me rooting through vintage markets, watching live music or frequenting my local. I also love to travel to new cities and countries whenever time allows

Louise

Cook

Receptionist & Office Manager

Having graduated from London College of Fashion and settling myself in London, I naturally felt the city and the creative industry was going to be for me. As The Talent Business is the world leader in executive search for creative businesses, I’m growing my knowledge and understanding of the sector. I have a passion for travelling, I love discovering new cities, countries, islands and ski resorts, which has stemmed from living abroad in South Africa and the USA. If I am not traveling, I am trying the new best places to eat and drink with family and friends.
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