Financial Services Practice

What We Do

Financial Services Practice

The Financial Services landscape has shifted dramatically. Firms are grappling with how they sustain growth within a context of stricter regulation, increased capital demands and a need for ever greater transparency towards their customer base. There will continue to be a blurring of the lines within Financial Services, as functions are performed by different participants in different ways, and Savannah has been in the middle, helping our financial services client adapt to this paradigm.

Financial Services Practice

Our Expertise

Asset and Wealth Management

Disruptive business models, intense price competition, and empowered consumers have defined the hospitality sector in recent years. With higher levels of guest expectations, organisations are having to think much harder than ever before about who they are, what they want to stand for, and how they articulate that to the world.

Corporate and Investment Banking

With balance sheet constrictions set to continue, Banks must be 100% sure that they are attracting and retaining the very best talent. We are helping our Banking clients decide what their new operating models should like from a human capital point of view.


The Insurance industry is battling with technology, emerging markets and increasing customer expectations. Savannah helps clients secure global insurance executives who are best placed to make the right strategic, organisational and investment decisions.

Consumer and Retail Finance

Banks are embracing the opportunities offered by digital to build improved services and respond to consumer needs. Savannah is helping our clients by providing exceptional leadership talent from both within financial services and from other sectors that are further along this journey.


Savannah helps organisations across the globe who provide Investment, Management or Strategy advice to their Financial Services client base. The merging of ecosystems has necessitated a holistic approach to talent management, and it is this non-linear thought process and talent mapping that Savannah prides itself on.

Financial Technology

Savannah has a long and established track record of helping senior management teams within the financial software, risk and performance analytics, index providers and stock exchanges become the best they can be and fully take advantage of the tailwinds their businesses currently enjoy.

Financial Services Practice

Committed to Client Success

Regulation, globalisation and the increased adoption of advancing technologies in AI, data and analytics has created a merging of ecosystems in Financial Services. The evolution in Financial Services necessitates a holistic, non-linear approach to solving today’s talent requirements. Savannah prides itself on really getting under the skin of our clients, understanding the culture of the institution and what its aspirations so that we can truly be their ambassadors in the market.

  • More than 130 placements in the last three years

  • 83% repeat business

  • Shortlists in weeks not months

Financial Services

Our Team

Our team

Who we are

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.

Access The Best

Major global search firms run thousands of searches a year, and as a result aren’t always able to approach who they want due to extensive client off-limit restrictions. Savannah combines the quality, agility and dedication of a boutique firm with the specialism and global capability of a larger search firm.

Acting At Pace

In Financial Services, more so than any other industry, pace is not just expected but demanded. Our partners have honed the ability to deliver searches against accelerated timescales that don’t compromise on quality, ensuring you get the right person as quickly as possible.

Immediate and Long Term Impact

We are one of the only firms to have a truly integrated search and interim offering, able to provide short term tactical and long term strategic hiring solutions. This provides clients access to the human capital resources they need right now, whatever maturity stage your business is in.

Extremely responsive, easy to deal with, and provided our international leadership team with insight on the sector and where the best talent sits. A genuine pleasure to work with.

Gabriel Carvalho, Head of Finance, Supply, Operations & HR

A pleasure to work with. The quality of advice and counsel I received throughout the process was fantastic. They went above and beyond to understand us as a business, getting to know our characteristics and how we think.

Jonathon Swaine, Managing Director

Results-focused, straightforward, and easy to deal with. They have worked closely with us for a number of years, helping with our senior talent requirements not only within the UK, but also in the Nordics, Germany, Italy, France and China. They have secured the right result for us time and time again.

Stuart Leven, VP EMEA and Managing Director

Financial Services Practice


Many organisations are keen to bring fresh perspectives and views that can only come from a diverse range of leaders. Savannah is not only highly practised at accessing and securing a diverse range of talent but is committed as a business to the diversity of gender, race and thought. We were one of the first executive search signatories for the voluntary code of conduct to address gender diversity on corporate boards, have a partner that sits on the board of the women’s city network, and more than 1/3rd of our partners are female.

We have a proven track record of locating and securing diverse candidates, particularly in male-dominated industries and functions.

Featured Case Study

Global Head of Sales- Financial Services

A confidential case study highlighting an executive search for a a new Global Head of Sales within a FTSE 250 business. The role was based in New York.

Thinking Beyond means focusing on how talent achieves your strategic objectives.
That’s the idea, and the mission, behind everything we do.

Financial Services Practice

Data & Analytics

Agile, digital firms that have successfully integrated data and analytics into their business strategy have gained a competitive advantage over firms who bear the burden of legacy systems. As more companies prioritise integrating data & analytics into business strategy, the demand for talent has vastly outstripped supply.

Savannah can help you adopt a progressive talent strategy that focuses on how to source, attract and retain executives who can realise the benefits of data & analytics and align them with business objectives.

Financial Services Practice

Cross Sector Talent Mapping

For FS businesses to gain an advantage through talent, they need to look at how they can cross-pollinate analytics and digital talent from other sectors that may be further along this journey such as retail and consumer. This non-linear thought process and approach to talent mapping is one of Savannah’s core capabilities.

Once we understand what you are looking to achieve as a business and therefore what your ideal candidate looks like, we use our research capabilities to explore the full talent spectrum, including candidate pools that aren’t necessarily obvious places to look. This approach can give you access to individuals that other firms wouldn’t consider, and talent that would otherwise be overlooked.

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