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.
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.
George Nice is a Partner within the Financial Services practice specialising in executive appointments across Asset and Wealth Management, Consumer/Retail finance, Consultants, Financial Technology and Private Equity. He has 15 years’ experience within Financial Service Executive Search. Much of his time is spent advising his clients on how technology and regulation are colliding in FS and how, from a human capital perspective, they need to be set up to take the best advantage of this.
John Burr specialises in board and management committee level search as Partner of our Financial Services Practice. His 20-year career in search spans each of financial services sub-sectors, from traditional to Fintech. Currently based in London, he has lived in New York and Hong Kong and spends time in all major financial hubs worldwide.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.