Board composition and structure is critical in maximising long term positive impact on the organisation. Businesses can be in varying stages of maturity, so creating a diverse board that reflects the organisations strategic direction and ultimate ambitions is a high priority. We maintain close ties to many outstanding leaders, and can advise you in a personal and objective way on best practice for board composition, as well as assisting you with director search.
Savannah has a highly capable board practice that balances the deep relationship needed to understand the challenges and ambitions for the board, along with objective council through our unbiased perspective on what is best for you. We have the proven experience, knowledge and intelligence to advise and assist Chairs in building effective boards.
Damian has worked with leadership teams across multiple geographies and sectors and brings insight into effective governance and leadership. He has advised boards of FTSE100, FTSE250, AIM, ASX40, Euronext and large privately held corporations, often at challenging stages of their life cycle. Damian is also a Non-Executive Director of one of the largest companies in the UK.
John is the Chairman of Savannah Group. He has over 20 years’ experience in executive search. He has led the firm as Managing Partner since 2003 and led the Board Practice until recruiting Damian Walsh. He specialises in corporate governance best practices and works with public, private and private equity-owned businesses in a range of markets, recruiting Board Chairmen and Non-Executive Directors.
After an early career in industry, Lisa is now a prominent voice in the executive search industry, Lisa has nearly 20 years’ experience across multiple sectors. She brings deep expertise in cross-border recruitment and an extensive personal network. Lisa has led the development of Savannah’s bespoke assessment tool and contributes her assessment expertise to Board & CEO level searches.
Tony is a former AIM-listed CEO who has led organisations of scale and stature in Europe and the Middle East. He leads the firm’s Diversity programme. A key member of Savannah’s Board & CEO practice, his clients include many of the world’s leading businesses and their governing bodies. His understanding of how leadership teams operate at board level has contributed to the transformation of many organisations.
After an early career running a retail business, Simon is now a key person of interest within the PE and Venture Capital Space. Simon has almost 20 years’ experience across both PLC and Private markets, and brings particular expertise in assisting clients with transformational change and turnarounds. Simon typically places CEOs and MDs and has extensive knowledge of the leadership requirements of businesses at pre and post-deal stages.
Our consultants have on average more than 15 years of search experience within each of their specialised areas, bringing unparalleled levels of expertise, credibility and trust among clients and candidates alike.
The governance practices of companies in many major economies are being challenged, most particularly in the UK. Businesses are under pressure from shareholders and policy makers to perform against their global peers. Recent examples of corporate failure are exposing the weakness in how principles of “good governance” are being applied, and ticking the boxes on governance does not necessarily protect financial integrity, shareholder returns and broader stakeholder interests. This opens up a broader discussion about governance at board level, and requires deep understanding of assessment to provide a board that doesn’t just look good on paper but is also highly effective.
Diversity of thought around the board table is critical and more needs to be done to get this right. A key role of the Chairman is to ensure that all of the competencies required for effective governance are represented by talented individuals who bring that diversity, understand their role and are capable of making the necessary contribution – and the Chairman needs to be able to draw from those competencies and harness the diversity for the effective oversight of management and the general good governance of the company.
Sometimes circumstances dictate that an immediate change of CEO is needed. In these instances, our interim management team work with their search colleagues to run an accelerated search process to identify and secure an individual who can steady the ship or turnaround a company’s fortunes.
As one of the only firms to have a truly integrated search and interim offering, we are able to provide senior leaders who specialise in short-term or long-term change and growth. This approach helps you make the right strategic hire for your current need.
CEOs were already operating in a volatile, fast-changing business environment, but the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the challenges they must overcome to succeed.
In June 2020, Savannah Group surveyed 90 chairs and CEOs from FTSE and PE-backed companies about their views on how the traits and skills required of a business leader are changing. In the responses to an open question about the fundamental challenges facing CEOs in the “next normal” arising from the crisis, several key themes emerged.
The service they provide is second to none. They have taken the time to understand our brand, mission, values and our requirements and they have always worked at pace to deliver.
Carol Muldoon, VP of Partner Resources, EMEA
Successfully helped me recruit our CEO, delivering an exceptionally strong shortlist which provided real depth/breadth of choice. They are straightforward to deal with, honest and upfront with their advice and guidance, worked at pace and put the hours in to ensure we got the result we needed in the timescales we needed. A first rate job and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them again.
Hugh S C Morgan, Executive Chairman
They helped us find a really strong, commercial leader to be part of our Executive team. He has certainly been a good culture fit, stayed the course and delivered solutions which have underpinned our growth and success over the last few years. We would recommend them highly.
Dominic Taylor, CEO
We draw on our experience of working closely with many high performing boards to help you find the right balance of directors to maximise board effectiveness. As a trusted advisor, we consider the relationships, behaviours and alignment around the table, while through our director search, we make your board more inclusive, insightful and crucially, more diverse.
Our succession planning helps to ensure your board can address any potential gaps that may occur, either planned or otherwise, and that you maintain the right balance to reflect current or future challenges and needs.
Choosing the right CEO is one of the most difficult and important tasks a board has to make. No leadership position has a greater impact on the organisation’s success, and businesses can have a wide variety of needs from the most senior leadership position. We have a strong track record for CEO appointments, and work closely with the board to help identify and appoint the right CEO for the challenges and opportunities the organisation will be facing.