Principal, Interim Management
Chris Williams has five years’ experience within executive interim; focusing predominantly on the Commercial and HR functions. He has a particular specialism in helping organisations achieve increased revenues and growth objectives. Chris works with corporate, mid-sized and SME firms, as well as supporting portfolio companies for PE/VC funds. Typically Chris works on Change and Transformation type roles.
I joined the recruitment industry after four years in Facilities Management. During that time I became interested in the idea of business change, and how organisations achieve sustained improvement to their performance. It was this interest that led me specifically to Interim recruitment, where the idea of change management is the driving force of growth within the industry. I immediately enjoyed (and very much still do!) working with a client to determine what are the ideal skill sets and background to achieve the stated strategy, or overcome the highlighted business issue, and how the selection and evaluation process for this within Interim works. I’m currently studying an MBA, and previously held positions at Allium and Boyden.
I am an interim specialist, having spent five years fully focused on executive interim solutions. I have worked across a number of sectors, introducing individuals to businesses ranging from engineering firms to FMCG. I have worked with SMEs, all the way through to large multi-national corporations, from family run firms to publicly listed organisations.
My specific focus is on the HR and Commercial functions, especially for growth orientated firms. As organisations look to achieve revenue growth, be that through market penetration, product development or market development, interim is a highly effective way to flexibly access the leadership talent needed at that point in time. Working with businesses to navigate fluctuating competitive environments, and finding the right talent to achieve growth in such a scenario, is a particular passion. This is equally applicable to the HR function, as it is to commercial leadership. Having the appropriate leadership for HR issues of a hyper-growth organisation, or a company looking to improve general performance following a period of increased revenue is essential for capitalising on top line success.
I have always enjoyed being entrepreneurial – I was the child making scandalous mark-ups in the playground from selling cola-bottles, growing up I always preferred to set up my own companies rather than working for others.
Over time, I have developed a passion for business, for exploring how strategies are developed, and businesses grow – thankfully for me this is something I get to be a part of day-to-day in both my work and study of my MBA.
I thoroughly enjoy working with businesses going through change, and the process of furnishing new strategies and implementation plans. Assisting in that process by providing the right talent, and watching the positive results is very rewarding. I specifically enjoy working with clients who are exploring how they expand their revenues in new product lines, or new markets.
Why I like working at Savannah
Aside from working with my excellent colleagues, I particularly enjoy working in a business that has an integrated approach to interim and executive search. This is not purely about working together to offer our clients and candidates the right solution for them, but is also about learning from these two models and creating a new model for the executive recruitment market.