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.

Stephanie

Parkman

Partner - Head of Strategy/Planning

Strategists in the communications industry are a driving force behind modern businesses and brands. I partner agency leaders and creatively minded brand owners to identify and secure game changing senior strategic talent. I embed a broad spectrum of progressive strategists into creative businesses, to fortify those businesses, scale them up and future-proof them. Before making the career shift into talent strategy, I spent fifteen years of my career agency-side, latterly as a Managing Partner at McCann Erickson London. During my agency career, my clients included Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson and L’Oreal (managing brands in the UK and internationally). I have also been a strategic consultant to Cancer Research UK. Outside work, and family and friends aside, my happiest moments are often accompanied by a pair of muddy running shoes on Hampstead Heath, with headphones on, always. All hail Radio 4 podcasts and Spotify.

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.

Sarah

Kynaston

Partner - mid weight & senior 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. I was a fledgling at Ogilvy, working on Pfizer and then migrated to the independent boutique agency, Farm, where I worked across an assortment of businesses including The Electoral Commission, Nestlé and Merlin Entertainment. From here, it was to a fully integrated arena at Inferno, where I worked on Sky and Nestlé Purina. At The Talent Business I work with mid to senior level talent; giving career guidance and introducing them to the full remit of London’s creative offering, from the stalwarts to the start-ups.

Olivia

Clayden

Talent Assistant

Having worked in the luxury retail industry for over 6 years with brands such as Agent Provocateur and Dries Van Noten, I finally took the jump to move into the creative world. Having spent the last few years understanding the importance of client relationships and the overall customer experience, I wanted to blend these vital skills with my passion and love for advertising and all things creative. Outside of work you will either find me taking photographs, wanting to go skiing and spending time with my family or friends.
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