Gary

Stolkin

Global Chairman & CEO

Much has changed in the marketing and communications landscape since Gary launched The Talent Business in 2007, but the need to attract and retain leaders capable of driving business transformation has never been so integral to delivering growth and sustainable commercial success. As Global CEO, Gary has first-hand experience of identifying and securing leaders capable of driving business transformation for brand owners, tech platforms, consultancies and communications agencies – globally and in key markets around the world. He also works with agency groups on their acquisition strategies, and advises brand owners on the selection of agency partners. He divides his time between The Talent Business’ offices in Europe and the US. Gary is a five-times speaker at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, an Opinion Contributor to Adweek, and has written for Fast Company, AdAge, The Drum and The Guardian. He has also been on the advisory council for Business Insider's 'Most Innovative CMO's in the World'.

Emma

Ward

European Managing Director,
Business & Marketing

Emma spent 16 years in London advertising agencies, always with a focus on developing diverse and effective teams in order to build high performing brands, before joining The Talent Business in 2010. As European Managing Director of The Talent Business’ Marketing & Business practice, Emma partners senior marketers and agency leaders, helping them to identify and secure transformational senior talent capable of driving innovation and delivering strategic and commercial impact. Emma works across a multitude of sectors for tech platforms, brand owners, product and business design consultancies and communications agencies. Emma’s agency career saw her leading McVities, Allied Bakeries, Muller and Coca Cola at Publicis, before joining the Brand Consultancy, Banc, where she was Managing Director, and the independent creative agency, Farm, where she was also Managing Director.

Olivia

Skone

European Head of Business & Marketing

Olivia spent her formative years in some of London’s top creative agencies of their time, including WCRS, CHI&Partners, and RKCRY&R, producing award winning campaigns for Marks & Spencer, The Times and The Sunday Times, Land Rover and TalkTalk. She has also held marketing role at the start up Espotting.com and the media owner ITV, where she worked on the pioneering strategy for advertiser funded programming. Olivia completed a post grad in periodical journalism and had her two sons (which she describes as her most challenging role so far) before joining The Talent Business in 2013. She describes working with transformational senior talent at The Talent Business as finding her ‘True North’. Olivia heads up The Talent Business’ European Marketing & Business practice out of the Group’s London office. She partners a broad range of brand owners, tech platforms, consultancies and communications agencies, helping them to identify and secure transformational hires. Her primary focus has been marketing leadership roles with brand owners & tech platforms, and business leadership roles for communications agencies.

Richard

Watson

Partner, Business & Marketing

Rich started his career in magazine publishing, working across editorial and sales on a range of key titles for MacMillan. His avid interest in the media and entertainment industries led him to embark on a career recruiting for TV, music, tech, and publishing businesses at a boutique firm, heading up its Marketing and eCommerce division, and managing key accounts including Google, Penguin Random House, MTV, Sony Music and Universal Music. Having then progressed to working within executive search for a range of consumer tech-start-ups in the UK and Europe, he joined The Talent Business in 2017. This has enabled him to consolidate this experience alongside a continued fascination with businesses fuled by innovation and creativity. Away from the office, writing and producing music is his all-consuming passion, but he occasionally allows comedy, film, photography and art to take centre stage when the mood dictates.

Cecile

Beaufils

Partner, Business & Marketing

Cecile spent the first fourteen years of her career in client services roles at some of the best London creative agencies of their time; Saatchi & Saatchi, AMV BBDO and Leagas Delaney. This gave her the opportunity to work on integrated campaigns for iconic brands such as Sony, Guinness, and Mars. Cecile joined The Talent Business in 2012 and is a Partner in the Group’s European Business & Marketing Practice, based in the London office. In this role, she partners brand owners, consultancies and agencies on their transformation journeys. Cecile is also the co-founder and Marketing Director for One Gin, an award-winning premium craft gin and the first spirit brand to fund clean, safe water projects in the world’s poorest communities. She has a strong belief in constantly up-skilling, completing a postgraduate degree in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge School, and currently finishing a Sustainability Management course at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. A French national, she spent most of her childhood in New York and all her professional life in London, leaving her with a rather odd Irish accent.

Louise

Wall

Executive Consultant

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

Anthony

Yau

Head of Business Intelligence

After graduating with a degree in Accounting and Finance, Anthony left education behind to spend a year teaching English in South Korea. Returning to London, he took up a sales role within a challenger business school, leading to a career within recruitment. With four years’ experience in the Finance and Technology markets under his belt, Anthony joined The Talent Business as a Talent Analyst in 2018. Having acquired a deep knowledge of the senior talent in sectors fueled by innovation and creativity, Anthony was promoted to the Head of Business Intelligence of the Group’s London office in 2020. Outside the office, his interests lie in promoting mental health and mindfulness, pretending he knows anything about wine, and figuring out how to knit.

Zee

Shepherd

Business Leadership Team Assistant & Head of Assistants

After graduating from Leeds University and some time spent travelling, Zee moved to London to embark on her 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 Zee's spare time you will find her rooting through vintage markets, watching live music or frequenting her local. She also loves to travel to new cities and countries whenever time allows.

Louise

Cook

Executive Assistant to Gary Stolkin

Having graduated from London College of Fashion and settling in London, Louise naturally felt the city and the creative industries were going to be for her. Since joining The Talent Business in 2017, Louise has grown her knowledge and understanding of the sector since then. In January 2019 she became EA to Gary Stolkin. Louise has a passion for travelling and loves discovering new cities, countries, islands and ski resorts. All this stems from living in South Africa and the USA when she was a child. If Louise is not travelling, she is trying the new best places to eat and drink with family and friends.
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