Global Leadership Team



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.



CEO - Asia Pacific

After graduating from Bristol University I embarked on my career in advertising at Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe. Having spent six years at RKCR I moved to BBH London in 2001 to handle Barclays, Axe (Lynx) and Robinsons. I moved into headhunting in 2005 and moved to Singapore in 2007 to set up and run The Talent Business. Not only is this an incredibly exciting market for the communications industry, it is also a great place from which to explore Asia and indulge in my passion for sport both on land and sea.



Managing Director - North America

My creative debut was early as the 6-week old screaming model for a Delrosa syrup print campaign. Dad was an art director helping out a mate and it paid for my stroller. An agency career was the natural choice for me. As a business director at both TBWA and JWT, I championed the creative agenda and helped deliver award winning work for some iconic brands. My most memorable moments include a trip to Wonderbra in Rome with Trevor Beattie when Trevor diverted the taxi so we could glimpse a beautiful baroque church. It was a lesson to always make the space for creative inspiration. Trevor taught me to always be open, to have the courage to share your ideas and to stand by them. Watching him I learnt that you have to be prepared to fight for great work knowing that sometimes you will get a bloody nose in the process. I’ve worked on both sides of the Atlantic and partnered with a number of global brands. Chivas Regal proved to be a masterclass in the search for a unifying truth (there is common ground between a Korean businessman and a Venice beach surfer). My time working with Rimmel demonstrated that no brand is beyond repair (thank you Ms Moss and David Sims). My fascination with the eclectic mix of talent that defines creative businesses is what drove my career segue into executive search. My focus is delivering transformational creative leaders and senior talent to a broad range of creative businesses across North America. Manhattan is home and if you're buying, mine's a 1942 tequila no ice.



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.



Managing Partner & Global Head
of Creative

With my background as a dancer, I spent most of my time choreographing and directing in the theatre whilst studying at university in the UK and the States. I built my career initially in advertising as an account man at Lowe Howard-Spink, a Partner at HHCL and finally as part of the London management team at RKCR Y&R. I joined The Talent Business as the London Managing Director in 2007 and have since helped to build our unparalleled global creative offering - working closely with the creative teams across all our key offices. 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. I have a real passion for brilliant ideas and have been lucky enough in my career to have worked with some of the best creatives in the industry on famous, award-winning campaigns for brands like Stella Artois, Pot Noodle and M&S. An avid collector of contemporary art, I love being around talented, imaginative people and their work. I am also passionate about helping great creatives to become great leaders through my work as an NCP accredited Executive Coach.



Managing Partner,
Creative - Europe

My advertising career began firstly on the graduate scheme at Euro RSCG London before moving on to McCann Erickson. With a passion for people and a deep rooted love of great creative work, I was lured by The Talent Business in 2007 with the initial remit to uncover the very best progressive, creative talent globally. I now also run London's fantastic, unparalleled, creative practice. As agencies and brand owners recognise just how critical creativity and innovation are to achieving commercial success, it has never been a better time to marry Clients with the type of game changing talent that we know. Beyond The Talent Business I have far too many loves and sadly far too little time, especially since the arrival of my daughter last year. They range from design, food (and wine), running, the sun and beach destinations. And all fuelled, especially these days, with a great cup of coffee.

Lee Ann


Chairman - US

I’m an international brand builder and digitally minded creative leader known for cultivating audience growth, driving product and digital media innovation, and building cultural relevance across a broad range of enterprises. My previous roles included EVP/Global CMO at Thomson Reuters and EVP Marketing at ESPN. At The Talent Business I’m bringing my experience as a CMO, tech investor and advisor to re-enforce the leadership and partnership we provide in successfully matching top global creative executives with emerging ‘new establishment’ businesses. The Talent Business has access to a truly international pool of experienced, proven creative innovators and is filling a much needed gap in the US based recruiting space.



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.



Managing Director - Germany

I’m a native Berliner who has worked for BBDO for thirteen years in both Germany and the US, leading network clients that included Mars, PepsiCo, Daimler, Bayer Healthcare, Wrigley and Allianz, before co-founding Global Agency Search, the consultancy division of The Talent Business specialising in agency search and selection. Headquartered in Berlin, Global Agency Search is the only agency search consultancy that has senior teams on the ground in all the key markets in the world. We deliver unparalleled global intelligence, enabling brand owners to make better informed decisions when it comes to securing game changing agency partners. We also advise agency groups on a broad range of M&A projects globally and have oversight of some of the executive search assignments that The Talent Business handles in Germany. I’m a married man and the proudest dad on this planet. When I’m not being a husband and dad, I’m a huge fan of Japanese Chanbara movies and martial arts.



Managing Director - China

Armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree, little knowledge of the world of advertising and lots of enthusiasm, I wrote to all the agencies in Singapore asking for a break...and that started my twenty year journey into the manic world of advertising and communications. I've spent the last fifteen years in China and led major accounts and offices in McCann, D'Arcy and Y&R, in Beijing and Shanghai. I've also been fortunate to have worked with many talented people around the world, but one key issue that continues to plague the industry has been Talent and even with 1.3 billion people, China is talent starved. I currently help Talent and Agency networks find a strategic fit.



Managing Director - MEA

After completing a PhD in Neuroscience, I entered advertising as a planner with M&C Saatchi, first in Melbourne and then in London. My career then took me into brand and marketing consultancy, with London independent ascension, working with bluechips like Unilever, Interbrew, Sony, Ernst & Young and easyJet in markets all over the world. In 2005 I arrived in Dubai and became a founding partner of creative hotshop The Tribe. Senior roles at Cheil Worldwide and JWT Dubai followed. In 2012 I joined The Talent Business to lead its Dubai office and provide our clients with access to the world’s and the region’s best creative talent as well as talent with a springboard to do great work and build rewarding careers.



Managing Director - Latin America

I worked for 20 years in the Communication and Marketing areas and had the chance to enjoy my passion for traveling and meeting people through different international work experiences. I worked at Ogilvy & Mather for ten years in Rio de Janeiro, New York and Buenos Aires. New challenges have always been part of my professional background and that is why I joined The Talent Business team and became Managing Director in 2010. When I'm not working or traveling, I am relaxing in my yoga class.
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