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'.

Tanya

Livesey

Global Managing Director,
Creative & Design

Tanya is an internationally experienced business leader, talent strategist and leadership coach – who has been developing the careers and profiles of the creative leaders of high-profile creative organisations since The Talent Business launched in 2007. In her early career, she sat on the management teams of some of the top London advertising agencies, learning first-hand about the complexity of leading teams in highly creative, dynamic environments – as well as having a deep understanding of the creative process and what it takes to deliver outstanding work. Since joining The Talent Business, she has helped to build it into the world’s leading global executive search firm in the creative marketing and communications space. Her role as a trusted advisor to creative leaders worldwide has given her valuable insight into the challenges of modern leadership which enables her to identify and deliver outstanding creative talent that can drive genuine business transformation. Tanya has a passion for brilliant ideas and the people behind them – so has been lucky enough to have worked with many of the very best throughout her career. Tanya is also a regular columnist for Creative Review – advising creative leaders on how to tackle some of the many challenges that face the leaders of today.

Andy

Wardlaw

Global Managing Director,
Tech & Innovation

Andy started his career just as the first wave of digital businesses were beginning to establish themselves, transforming entire industries and generating a need for a new breed of innovative, hybrid talent. Joining the first digital specialist search firm, he found himself helping to structure and staff the nascent UK teams of Amazon, Microsoft, AOL & eBay, as well as the first digital communications agencies. Advising businesses and senior talent within the creative and technology sectors has been the focus of his career. He has built cross-functional internal talent team and led staffing and talent strategy internationally for leading creative businesses, including AKQA. He has also run his own talent consultancy. Andy believes that the key to sustainable commercial success is the alignment of transformational talent with business transformation and growth strategy. Since re-joining The Talent Business in 2016, he has been advising brand owners, tech platforms, consultancies and communications agencies on their senior hires, identifying and securing leaders capable of driving business transformation. He has also worked with agency groups on their business acquisition strategies, and advised brand owners on the selection of agency partners. When he can, he runs, skis, travels and spends time with his family.

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.

Will

Knox

European Head of Creative & Design

Will spent his youth harbouring ambitions to become many things; a rugby player, an actor, a musician. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, be it ability or application, he was unable to make these goals a reality. (He says it was ability, by the way). Since joining the The Talent Business in 2009, Will has partnered the world’s leading creative businesses, helping them to identify and secure transformational senior creative talent. He now heads up The Talent Business’ European Creative & Design practice out of the Group’s London office. When not running the Creative & Design practice, you’ll find him bothering people about music, barbeques, and Arsenal FC.

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.
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