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.

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.

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.

Lara

Zwirn

Strategy & Innovation Practices Assistant

Having spent 6-years modelling, Lara decided that she wanted a change and so her first foray into the creative industry was as front of house/office assistant at Splash Worldwide, a digital marketing agency. Lara's TTB journey began in January 2019 where she quickly developed her knowledge of the industry. As a result, in June 2019 Lara became strategy and innovation practices assistant. When not in the office you will find Lara at the cinema, travelling, keeping fit...and eating (now that she is not modelling!!!)
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