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Tony Simpson

Partner, Head of Media Practice, Board Practice

Tony is a former AIM-listed CEO who has led organisations of scale and stature in Europe and the Middle East. His clients include many of the world’s leading broadcasters, sport franchises, governing bodies and media groups. His sector insight, aligned with an understanding of how leadership teams operate at board level, has led to long-term relationships and the successful transformation of many organisations.

My story

My business life started with me using many of the skills I had developed as a young (unsuccessful) aspiring musician. This entrepreneurial spirit led me to become Founding Partner at one of the UK’s first call centres. During this time, I met my wife, married and went on to manage a leading marketing agency, where I had my first board exposure, leading a talented and creative management team.

After many interesting years, I found myself running a sport and entertainment group, where I was eventually posted to the Middle East; from there, I was recruited into the executive search industry, eventually becoming a Regional Managing Partner. Living in the Middle East was professionally rewarding and personally enriching for myself and my family. During this period, I advised and provided talent for many of the region’s government entities and media groups.

On my return to the UK, I spent an enjoyable period building up an enviable, internationally-focused Sports, Media and Entertainment practice with an established boutique firm, before finding a home at Savannah, where I am perfectly positioned to provide a mixture of search, consultancy and leadership advisory work for an expanding international client base.

My focus

I lead a rapidly converging sector. Our expertise gives us a competitive edge and insight, allowing us to identify the very best executive talent. We are well versed in the topics and challenges that affect our industry, whether seeking those who can lead multi-platform content delivery or finding those who can define new routes to market and combine this with effective monetisation in an ever-converging world.

Many of our assignments focus on clients seeking individuals that can transform organisational efficiency, optimise digital transformation and manage creative, independent, free-thinking people. We are constantly being challenged to deliver senior executive and board talent with demonstrable cross-platform experience.

Many of our clients are at different stages in organisational development. Shifting revenue sources, new global markets and a wider access to content has resulted in the need to identify executives with transferable skillsets, good cultural fit and a tacit understanding of best practice. As the boundaries between TMT diminish, our knowledge of, and relationships with, the sector’s most impressive leaders ensure we are positioned to present the very best executive talent.

My motivation

As a believer in fate, for many years I took great delight in recommending people and companies to each other, seeing how different combinations added value and brought success. For the past 10 years, I have done this on a professional basis. It is a privilege to work within the executive search business, to advise clients on organisational structure and to be exposed to future aspirations, but never underestimating the impact that a new job and location change can have on a candidate and their family.

I seek to work with the very best clients, attract the very best talent and make a difference. What we do matters; how we do it matters even more.

Why I like working at Savannah

The search and leadership industry is experiencing rapid change, and Savannah is ideally set up to offer its clients a flexible approach, a mix of industry expertise, and a no-nonsense business approach – all aligned with strong leadership and a winning platform.

I work with a talented and diverse team, where each one of my partner colleagues is a sector specialist. The opportunity to provide our clients with a broad consultative approach to search is hugely compelling and ultimately rewarding for all.

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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