Savannah is a global leader in the placement and career development of the most senior HR leaders (business partners and centre of expertise specialists). Savannah has a proven track record working with across multinationals, mid-cap and emerging companies, both in and outside the UK. In addition to sourcing and assessing key HR executives, we also support and advise the next generation of up-and-coming leaders. Savannah cares deeply about candidate expertise and look after those we meet.
Savannah has successfully delivered roles across the breadth of the HR function and across multi-markets – we know what good looks like. We understand that the right HR leadership will improve not just the effectiveness of your top team but also support strategic and cultural transformation to ensure your business stays leading edge.
Very responsive, found quality people for us and quickly understood our culture to find people that are a strong fit. Even if there have been challenges they have always found a way to solve the problems and create solutions. The partnership and collaboration has been a positive for us.
Sebastien Froidefond, Chief Human Resources Officer
Lisa always delivers and has a fantastic grasp of the marketplace. Thoughtful and considered in their approach, a unique way of building relationships, and always thinking outside of the box with any placement. I understand why Lisa has such a wide global network of contacts and is respected by those that meet her.
Paul Pomroy, CEO UK
Against a challenging brief, their subject matter expertise and advice was invaluable. We were delighted that they produced a shortlist of high calibre candidates very quickly and we moved to offer at great speed and with a superb outcome. They knew the market, are well networked and their partnership and responsiveness was above expectations.
Julie O’Donoghue, Global HR Business Lead
A prominent voice in the executive search industry, Lisa Gerhardt has nearly 20 years experience. She leads the Human Resources practice. Lisa specialises in senior HR appointments, bringing deep expertise in cross-border recruitment and an extensive network to meet the complex talent requirements of multinational organisations.
With over 20 years’ experience in senior HR roles, Uma Cresswell has deep expertise in recruitment and is adept in aligning talent and business strategies. Her global perspective, gained from working with C-suite and HR executives worldwide, makes her highly effective in cross-border searches. Uma has expertise in several industries and is a member of the Financial Services Practice.
Andrew Watts focuses on senior interim appointments in the HR, OD and Change functions for business transformation assignments. Within this speciality, he has conducted numerous searches, giving clients the benefit of flexible, highly qualified short-term leaders for senior change roles in the UK and internationally.
Katie Chevis draws on deep subject matter expertise gained from a decade of experience in the HR function. She has been integral to recruiting Group HR Directors in particular and works with specialist centres of expertise across multiple industries. Katie has also advised countless individuals on professional development and career mapping.
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.
Today’s people leaders must bring not just HR technical expertise but also commercial acumen and strategic thinking. The most successful HR leaders know how to coach, mentor and partner the board and their business colleagues. These skills are combined with data savviness, the ability to leverage technology and deep expertise in how to operationalise a vision.
Whether we are appointing a generalist or centre of expertise specialist, the Savannah team know how to assess technical expertise as well as strategic vision, and ultimately how effective a particular candidate will be in both challenging and supporting a business to meet its objectives.
We knew there would not be many people in the market with the skill set we wanted so we needed a global approach. The added complexity of the search was the accelerated pace we asked them to work at, which they did successfully without compromising on quality.
Maira Kokkinou, VP Talent Acquisition
First class support, and the first people we call when we need senior HR people.
Simon Brocket, Global HRD
We have worked together on a number of executive level roles that have been extremely hard to fill due to their high specialist. They focused on a global search in all of these cases and significantly improved the bench strength of these leadership teams by finding us world-class leaders to join our organisation.
Ollie Roberts, VP People
We regularly hold events for the senior HR community on a range of topics as well as networking lunches. If you are a senior HR leader and would like to be invited to our events in the future then please get in touch.