The digital agenda is a strategic imperative for all businesses. We are helping our clients answer the key question: what problems are you trying to solve and for whom? Whether developing innovative new services and products, reinventing business models for a digital world, managing cybersecurity threats, or leading technology migrations, our cross sector knowledge of what great digital and technology leaders look like helps secure individuals who work strategically and collaboratively across your organisation.
Savannah has one of the most respected Digital & Technology Leaders recruitment practices internationally. Our practice heads are some of the most well known headhunters within digital and technology circles, and as a result, we can persuade outstanding people to come and meet you.
Cathy Holley is a Founding Partner of Savannah and one of the world’s leading CIO recruiters. This expertise, along with over 20 years’ experience, allows her to contribute invaluable leadership to Digital & Technology leader searches. In addition to recruiting some of the world’s top leaders, Cathy advises organisations across all sectors on building world-class IT functions which deliver real business advantage.
Louisa brings 25 years of experience in executive search focused on hiring at board and leadership level within global and domestic organisations. She has specific expertise in hiring Chief Information Officers, Chief Digital Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Security Officers and their leadership teams.
With 20 years experience in executive search, Victoria Maxwell Davies is one of three founding partners of Savannah and a key member of our Global Digital & Technology leader Practice. Her insider’s perspective and deep industry expertise, gained from a substantial background in technology, make her superbly qualified to recruit top candidates for the increasingly critical role of Chief Information Officer.
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.
An executive search firm that actually understands what a CIO and other senior IT roles do – saving a lot of time on briefing and great candidate selection. Brave enough to challenge our thinking to get a better result.
Simon Ramskill, CIO
They immediately understood RSA’s digital challenges and really “got” what was required in the Chief Digital Officer role. It wasn’t an easy search, but they were tenacious, diligent and effective, finding me great candidates and managing the assignment to a successful finish.
Darren Price, Group CIO
We have recently had great results with Savannah. They spend the time and effort up front to truly understand the client and the specific nature of the role to be filled, they pressure-test the job profile, and are true partners in shaping the role. This allows them to then very rapidly hone in on high-quality candidates and to complete executive searches successfully in aggressive timelines.
Alex Von Schirmeister, Chief Innovation Officer
Over the last 12 months, Savannah has been inundated with requests from boards for help in providing CISO expertise. To better understand this growing market, Savannah surveyed 36 top CIOs about what cybersecurity looks like in their organisation and how effective they see it to be in protecting against cyber threats.
The Savannah team were fantastic! They clearly understood the brief, kept us well informed throughout the search and recommended a shortlist of very strong candidates who had the right cultural fit for New Look. The whole Savannah Group team truly lived the New Look values working collaboratively with confidence and pace to find us the right person for the role.
Gary Balmer, CIO
ARM have been working with Cathy Holley and her team for a number of senior hires. Part from providing us with outstanding talent we have been able to make the right hiring decision based on their strong knowledge of the market couple with their ability to look beyond the skills and experience required for the role and considering the capabilities, including working preferences and cultural fit.
Yvonne Erlandsson, Head of Global Talent Aquisition
Savannah led our successful search for a new Chief Information Officer. The team took time to properly help us establish our requirements and refine the search. Its insight to the technology and digital sectors, and a genuine focus on promoting diversity, delivered a strong shortlist of candidates. Our new Chief Information Officer joined us within just four months of commencing the search and unusually for technology roles, we now have a female CIO.
Ross Paterson, Financial Director
Many organisations are keen to bring fresh perspectives and views that can only come from a diverse range of leaders. The digital and technology partners at Savannah have a deserved reputation for excelling in accessing a diverse breadth of technology leaders.
Once we understand what your ideal candidate looks like, we use our extensive global research capabilities to explore the full talent spectrum, including candidate pools that aren’t necessarily obvious places to look. By looking at everyone we ensure we don’t just hire into a mold but get the right blend of expertise and competencies that your role demands.
A large, global children’s charity with federated country units was looking to digitise its operations and to encourage the local technology and business teams to collaborate. The group CFO asked Savannah to find a world-class digitally savvy CIO with strong international experience to create a vision for the global teams.
We are passionate about helping the CIO function to evolve and have partnered with CIO Development to set up a mentoring scheme to accelerate the professional development of next generation technology leaders.
The scheme now boasts more than 80 heavyweight CIO, CTO and CDO mentors from leading global companies across all sectors, mentoring over 90 aspiring successors and preparing them to take on the most senior technology role in their organisations. What’s more, 25% of our mentees are now in CIO, CTO or CDO roles.
More details about how the scheme works and how to apply can be found on the link below.
We regularly hold events for the senior Digital and Technology Leader community on a range of topics as well as networking lunches. If you are a senior digital and technology leader and would like to be invited to these events in the future please get in touch.