Gary

Stolkin

Global Chairman & CEO

Much has changed in the creative communications landscape since I started my headhunting business in 1993, 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 now has hubs in London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Shanghai, Dubai and Sao Paulo, and has established itself as the world leader in executive search for creative businesses. We provide leaders and emerging stars to all of the major marketing communications groups and networks, as well as most of the independent operations. We also partner a number of creatively driven client-side organisations. As Global CEO, I have first-hand experience of identifying and securing transformational leaders – globally and in the 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.

Emma

Ward

Managing Partner & Head of Client Service Talent

Having spent 16 years in the advertising industry, always with a keen interest to nurture and develop effective people and build strong teams, I joined The Talent Business to focus on just that and to find the best talent for agencies. I spent my former years at Publicis as a Group Account Director on 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

Partner - Head of Innovation Talent

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.

Olivia

Skone

Partner - mid weight to 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 to 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.

Sarah

Kynaston

Partner - mid weight talent

My love affair with advertising began from the moment I heard Louis Mellis saying "tick followed tock" in AMV's legendary Guinness ad. Over the course of my affair I've been lucky enough to be exposed to a multitude of different sectors from pizza to politics to pet food to pharmaceuticals. I was a fledgling at Ogilvy, working on Pfizer and then migrated to the independent boutique agency, Farm, where I got the chance to work across an assortment of businesses including The Electoral Commission, Nestlé and Merlin Entertainment. From here, it was to a fully brand led integrated arena at Inferno, where I worked on BSkyB and Nestlé Purina. At The Talent Business I work with client services talent; my focus being on introducing the emerging stars at Senior Account Manager and Account Director level to the full remit of London’s creative offering, from the stalwarts to the start-ups.

Louise

Wall

Executive Consultant - Integrated Talent

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

Vee

Power

Executive Assistant to Gary Stolkin

Soon after I graduated from the University of East London with a BA Hons in Music Culture: Theory & Production, I travelled to Japan (Kyoto more specifically) where I taught English and began a passionate and enduring love affair with Japanese cuisine and culture. On returning to London I embarked on a career in Marketing within the Financial Industry for a good few years before moving to work for the journals publishing company SAGE. In 2014 I was offered the opportunity to move back to my family’s home country, The Seychelles, (a rather beautiful group of islands in the Indian ocean) to help in the set-up, launch and management of a brand new start-up publishing company, producing touristic maps and guides of the islands. After a successful launch and reception by the Seychelles Tourism Board, I longed to return to the buzz of London. Yes, thats right I voluntarily left paradise, but what can I say? I think London has it all. I have always felt most at home in a creative environment and my role at The Talent Business gives me the opportunity to work closely with some of the most innovative and exciting creative businesses in the world.
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