Partner, Digital Practice
A member of the Global Technology Practice, Phil is a technology expert with over 20 years of experience in executive search. He specialises in Senior Executive and Non-Executive Director appointments in the digital sector. Among the many assignments he has successfully completed are 30 CEO and 10 Board Chairman appointments for public companies and investors’ portfolio companies.
Prior to joining the executive search industry, I worked for seven years at Gartner/Dataquest as Vice President of its European Consulting division with clients in the technology industry. My early career included four years working for Apple in both Silicon Valley (where I worked as a Software Engineer alongside the Mac Development team) and, later, in the UK, where I headed up the company’s Product Management team. I graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from Imperial College. Prior to Savannah, I worked for Norman Broadbent and Boyden.
Typical assignments are for CEOs, CFOs, Non-Executive Directors/Chairmen and functional leadership positions. I also work closely with the private equity and venture capital investor community to provide executive search services for their portfolio companies and have worked as an Executive Search Consultant in the technology sector for over 20 years. I have successfully completed a broad range of board-level assignments, including 30 CEO and 10 Chairman appointments, both for public companies and for the portfolio companies of a number of investors.
I was attracted to the search industry because it combines the science of analytics and research methods with instinct and gut feel. I became a headhunter to develop more sophisticated and effective research methodologies that are already in use at market research firms like my previous employer, Gartner, to more accurately target and locate talented candidates. I’m a keen believer in the power of digital research and how digital can add value to clients and candidates in the recruitment process.
Why I like working at Savannah
I have known and worked with many of the Partners in Savannah for over 20 years and share the same philosophy. Creating a new company from the starting point of 50 like-minded souls has been exciting.