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'.

Andy

Wardlaw

Managing Partner & Global Head
of Innovation

Having completed a Law degree, I took a junior role in a publishing business whilst deciding on the career direction I wanted to take. It was a unique time, when the first wave of digital businesses were starting to establish themselves, causing immediate and significant changes across entire industries and generating a need for innovative talent, which has never dissipated. I was approached to join what was the first specialist, digital recruitment business and found myself helping to structure and staff the nascent UK teams of the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, AOL, eBay, as well as the first digital creative and communications agencies. Nurturing, advising and helping to choreograph talent, both within and for the creative sector has been part of my career ever since. In that time, I’ve built and lead cross-functional talent acquisition teams, lead staffing and talent strategy for leading digital/creative agencies - most recently AKQA. I also ran my own consultancy business, focused on helping clients to digitise structure, talent and output. The key to the sustained success of so many companies is the alignment of transformational talent with business and growth strategy - and I continue to find it a pleasure and privilege to advise and partner with stand-out people and great businesses in order to help both realise their ambitions. 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 so is perfectly placed for me to do this. My other passions are sports - particularly skiing/squash/running, watching Arsenal and being a dad.

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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