Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Steve

Albany

Managing Director – Los Angeles

I am a relationship builder focused on making strategic business connections that lead to mutually beneficial results. Much of my career has been spent working across the Omnicom network in a business development capacity, and this is where I exercised my belief that people, over product, is where true value lies. As Los Angeles has become the hub of major players in the creative industries, top talent is the key differentiator in a competitive market. I call The Talent Business home because of my passion for helping businesses build successful senior teams and helping individuals build successful careers. I grew up in Ohio, but have called Los Angeles home for sixteen years. As MD of our LA group, my focus is to help the West Coast (and our entire US operation) continue to grow and lead the way when it comes to innovation, creativity, and business transformation. I’m a former college basketball player and love watching and playing most sports, and trying new restaurants. My nickname is Tallbany... because of my last name and being very tall.

Frederick

Chieux

Consultant

Although I was born in the San Francisco bay area, my first love was golf, not technology. Unfortunately…or should I say fortunately…my golf career fizzled just as Internet and mobile technology began to catch fire. After a brief stint as a lawyer I found myself drawn to technology and co-founded Neomar, developers of the first standards-based web browser for Blackberry, Palm, and Windows CE devices. That experience cemented my love of technology and gave me a second calling. More than twenty years later I am still I am passionate about innovation, building diverse teams and driving inclusive cultures. In addition to the Talent Business, I am the Founder and CEO of Squad, the first software based consumer insight, research & feedback product for the fashion and streetwear industries. I am also an advisor at Apimetrics (apimetrics.io). I previously worked for Danger, Inc. (acquired by Microsoft), IBM and SBC.

Charlotte

Smith

CEO – North America

My creative debut was early as the 6-week old screaming model for a Delrosa syrup print campaign. Dad was an art director helping out a mate and it paid for my stroller. An agency career was the natural choice for me. As a business director at both TBWA and JWT, I championed the creative agenda and helped deliver award winning work for some iconic brands. My most memorable moments include a trip to Wonderbra in Rome with Trevor Beattie when Trevor diverted the taxi so we could glimpse a beautiful baroque church. It was a lesson to always make the space for creative inspiration. Trevor taught me to always be open, to have the courage to share your ideas and to stand by them. Watching him I learnt that you have to be prepared to fight for great work knowing that sometimes you will get a bloody nose in the process. I’ve worked on both sides of the Atlantic and partnered with a number of global brands. Chivas Regal proved to be a masterclass in the search for a unifying truth (there is common ground between a Korean businessman and a Venice beach surfer). My time working with Rimmel demonstrated that no brand is beyond repair (thank you Ms Moss and David Sims). My fascination with the eclectic mix of talent that defines creative businesses is what drove my career segue into executive search. My focus is delivering transformational creative leaders and senior talent to a broad range of creative businesses across North America. Manhattan is home and if you're buying, mine's a 1942 tequila no ice.

Andy

Wardlaw

Global Managing Director,
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.

New York

Gary

Stolkin

Global Chairman & CEO

Much has changed in the marketing and communications landscape since I 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. The Talent Business has hubs in London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Shanghai, Dubai, Berlin and Sao Paulo, and has established itself as the world leader in executive search for businesses fueled by innovation and creativity. We build leadership teams and secure senior talent across all marketing and communications disciplines for a broad range of brand owners, tech platforms, communications agency groups and consultancies. As Global CEO, I have first-hand experience of identifying and securing leaders capable of driving business transformation - globally and in key markets around the world. I also work with agency groups on their acquisition strategies, and advise brand owners on the selection of agency partners.

Tanya

Livesey

Global Managing Director,
Creative

With my background as a dancer, I spent most of my time choreographing and directing in the theatre whilst studying at university in the UK and the States. I built my career initially in advertising as an account man at Lowe Howard-Spink, a Partner at HHCL and finally as part of the London management team at RKCR Y&R. I joined The Talent Business as the London Managing Director in 2007 and have since helped to build our unparalleled global creative offering - working closely with the creative teams across all our key offices. 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. I have a real passion for brilliant ideas and have been lucky enough in my career to have worked with some of the best creatives in the industry on famous, award-winning campaigns for brands like Stella Artois, Pot Noodle and M&S. An avid collector of contemporary art, I love being around talented, imaginative people and their work. I am also passionate about helping great creatives to become great leaders through my work as an NCP accredited Executive Coach.

Charlotte

Smith

CEO – North America

My creative debut was early as the 6-week old screaming model for a Delrosa syrup print campaign. Dad was an art director helping out a mate and it paid for my stroller. An agency career was the natural choice for me. As a business director at both TBWA and JWT, I championed the creative agenda and helped deliver award winning work for some iconic brands. My most memorable moments include a trip to Wonderbra in Rome with Trevor Beattie when Trevor diverted the taxi so we could glimpse a beautiful baroque church. It was a lesson to always make the space for creative inspiration. Trevor taught me to always be open, to have the courage to share your ideas and to stand by them. Watching him I learnt that you have to be prepared to fight for great work knowing that sometimes you will get a bloody nose in the process. I’ve worked on both sides of the Atlantic and partnered with a number of global brands. Chivas Regal proved to be a masterclass in the search for a unifying truth (there is common ground between a Korean businessman and a Venice beach surfer). My time working with Rimmel demonstrated that no brand is beyond repair (thank you Ms Moss and David Sims). My fascination with the eclectic mix of talent that defines creative businesses is what drove my career segue into executive search. My focus is delivering transformational creative leaders and senior talent to a broad range of creative businesses across North America. Manhattan is home and if you're buying, mine's a 1942 tequila no ice.

Lindsay

Joy

Partner – Head of Creative

Born and raised in the woods of New England, I began my journey to New York to follow my dream of becoming a professional playwright. In addition to my own creative endeavours, I immersed myself in all things talent and advertising after finding my home at The Talent Business. I’m innately curious about people and culture, and I have found working as a playwright has given me a passion to support the careers of creative talent. I seek out transformative creative leaders, and genuinely care about helping my talent find their way to the right opportunity. When I’m not in the office, you can find me drinking copious amounts of caffeinated beverages whilst furiously writing award winning plays that have been produced and published all over the world.

Philippa

Campbell

Partner

Growing up with a mother who went to British drama college and a father who moonlighted as a DJ on the River Thames, I suppose it’s no surprise that I knew from a young age I wanted to work and surround myself with creative people. A few weeks after graduating, I moved to New York City to take my first job with BBDO working on VISA, Home Depot and Bank of America. After starting out in NY, I moved to San Francisco to join Goodby Silverstein & Partners to help launch HP’s Effie award-winning campaign “The Computer is Personal Again.” Six years later I returned to BBDO in NY to work on Hewlett Packard Enterprise while also leading 3M’s global rebranding. Prior to joining The Talent Business, I spent two years at Droga5 NY, transforming Under Armour’s marketing with their first global campaign. During my career I have partnered some of the world’s biggest brands and helped them transform their marketing communication. In my experience it takes a long term approach to building relationships to deliver successful business transformation and commercial success. I am thrilled to be part of a team at The Talent Business that understands the challenges involved in helping companies find the best senior talent to shape the most effective teams, and also cares so deeply about helping individuals reach their full potential. When I’m not working, I'm spending time with my family plotting or living out our next adventure!

Sabrina

Frometa

Partner – Head of Equity & Inclusion

Growing up in the late ‘1990’s New York’, I am particularly drawn to those individuals and organizations that connect and showcase the joys, influence, hardships, victories and contributions of misrepresented people and communities alike, which has brought me to a career in recruitment, executive search, L& D, marketing, and internal/external communications. This is my effort to better see, understand, and bring difference and people together on matters of purpose. From serving as Senior Multicultural Admissions Student Liason at Colgate University to encouraging inclusivity amongst the Chinese-American marketing and counseling functions at Dipont Education, Shanghai - I imagine the world as I’d like to see it and try to work towards those possibilities. Back in the day, I recruited Principals and Teachers in mainland China, while engaging cross-cultural staff in inbound marketing and internal comms, before spending five years in executive search as a Senior Project Manager. In recent years, my focus has been to create space for professionals who are driven by wonder and responsibility to the world, so I started YAYA, an organization to support these folks. YAYA’s mission is to explore and experiment with new ways to connect work to justice. In the last 6 years, YAYA held and participated in a number of events and initiatives centered on people of color, the workplace, and sustainable social responsibility with The New School Gural Scholarship, The Bullish Conference, Movers and Shakers, Dipont Education, Research Foundation’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Rooftop Films, and American Advertising Federation. I’m also a community organizer and modern dancer by trade, with experience in Modern, West African, and Latin ballroom. In the early part of the 2010’s, I helped to develop the first dance program at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York. You can find me nomadically connecting folks between Brooklyn, the Dominican Republic and Boulder. I joined The Talent Business as Global Head of Business Intelligence in July 2019.

Melissa "Missy"

Moran

Executive Assistant to Charlotte Smith

Early in my career, I worked as a New York City-based stage actress and particularly enjoyed collaborating on new works. After starting a family, I shifted focus to restaurant management, working in top New York restaurants. Missing the arts and working alongside creative people, I transitioned into the world of talent casting, assisting a boutique agency here in the city. It is with great pleasure that I bring that experience here to The Talent Business. When not working, I’m either taking photos, knitting, or hanging out with my family.

Coby

Briglia

Talent Analyst – North America

Grew up in a small town in South Jersey, where I identified as an artist at a very young age. I carried this identity down the east coast to Miami, where I studied Fine Arts and Creative Advertising. There my love for art and meeting people grew from curiosity to a passion. I moved to Brooklyn to continue to explore and meet new faces that inspire me. I learned how to support executives and manage a small office at Atreaus Capital, LP. There, I also gained experience in investor relations and marketing. I soon learned my skills were better fit in a creative setting, where I can support those who share similar passions and goals as I do. When I found my place at the Talent Business, I knew my efforts to support my peers would contribute to the goal of pairing talent and opportunity and in turn bring more joy to my life. Outside of the office, you’ll find me practicing yoga, playing soccer, or painting while listening to the sweet words of Frank Ocean.
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