Chris Williams

Principal, Interim Management, HR Practice

Chris has over 6 years’ interim management experience, focusing on the executive end throughout. His specialism is within the field of HR, covering CHRO/HRDs and generalists, as well as transformation and HR vertical experts. He typically operates with organisations that are looking to renew or transform their HR function and how SHRM is applied to support business strategy.

My story

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 in 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 the ideal skillsets and background are 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 for an MBA, and previously held positions at Alium and Boyden.

My focus

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 companies. I have worked with SMEs all the way through to large multinational corporations, family-run firms and 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 as applicable to the HR function as it is to commercial leadership. Having the appropriate leadership for HR issues in 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.

My motivation

I have always enjoyed being entrepreneurial – I was the child making scandalous mark-ups in the playground when selling cola bottles; growing up, I always preferred to set up my own companies rather than working for those of others.

Over time, I have developed a passion for business – for exploring how strategies are developed and how businesses grow. Thankfully, for me, this is something I get to be a part of on a day-to-day basis, both in my work and in my study for the 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 can 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 also about learning from these two models and creating a new model for the executive recruitment market.

Where we work

Global coverage

Our global model ensures that the partner who you have the relationship with, and is best placed to deliver the best results, runs the search from start to end, with the support of local market knowledge where it’s needed.

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