Global Leadership Team

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'.

Charlotte

Smith

CEO, North America

As North American CEO for The Talent Business, Charlotte builds transformational leadership teams for businesses invested in driving growth through brand, marketing and communications. Her hybrid career includes crafting global marketing platforms at creative advertising agencies including TBWA, JWT and McCann; brand experience in Los Angeles for a luxury DTC start up; and a decade of leadership in executive search. Charlotte has a proven track record of securing results for both established businesses looking to transform and new market entrants looking for white space. A commercially driven strategic thinker and doer, she is experienced at delivering business critical leadership across complete ecosystems. Charlotte thrives at speed and without a playbook which is why New York is very much home. Her US team is bi-coastal, working with brand owners, tech platforms, media and communications agencies across the region.

Charlie

Thomas

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.

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.

Oliver

Meschke

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.

Linda

Khoo

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.

Dr Christian

Loos

Managing Director, MEA
Global Head of Healthcare
& Business Intelligence

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.
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