Emma

Ward

European Managing Director,
Business & Marketing

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.

Andy

Wardlaw

Global Managing Director,
Tech & 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.

Olivia

Skone

European Head of Business & Marketing

My fifteen years in advertising spanned agencies such as WCRS, RKCR/Y&R and CHI where I was lucky enough to run award winning campaigns for the likes of M&S, The Times and Sunday Times, Land Rover and TalkTalk. I mixed up my time in advertising to pursue different passions: completing a post grad in periodical journalism, Marketing Manager at the start up Espotting.com, pitching advertiser funded programming at ITV and having my two sons – my most daunting role so far. At The Talent Business I look after mid weight to senior client services talent; from salary and promotion advice to placing transformational talent in agency and client-side roles.

Richard

Watson

Partner, Business & Marketing

I started my career in magazine publishing, working across editorial and sales on a range of key titles for MacMillan. My avid interest in the media and entertainment industries led me to embark on a career recruiting for TV, music, tech and publishing businesses at a boutique agency, heading up its Marketing and eCommerce division and managing key accounts including Google, Penguin Random House and Universal Music. I have been focused on executive search, hiring marketing and eCommerce leaders into consumer tech start-ups across the UK and Europe. Joining The Talent Business as a Partner within our Marketing Practice has allowed me to consolidate this experience alongside a continued fascination with creative businesses. Away from the office, music is my all consuming passion, but I occasionally allow for comedy, film or art to take centre stage when the mood dictates.

Lara

Zwirn

Talent Assistant

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