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Vicky Maxwell Davies

COO, Partner, Digital and Technology Leaders Practice

With 20 years’ experience in executive search, Vicky Maxwell Davies is one of three Founding Partners and is a key member of our Global Technology practice. Her insider’s perspective and deep industry expertise, gained from a substantial background in technology, make her superbly qualified to recruit top candidates for the increasingly critical role of Chief Information Officer.

My story

After gaining my French degree, I went to work for IBM and spent 10 years there, first in sales in the City and then in marketing in London and Paris. I then moved to Oracle, selling databases and tools to banks in the City, but didn’t really feel that I was making the best use of my strengths or of my interest in people’s motivations and the importance of round pegs in round holes for personal and organisational success. Hence I moved into search, joining Cathy Holley and John Ellis at Norman Broadbent.

In 2002, the three of us founded our own independent search firm, which we have grown over the last 15 years within a global search network, before relaunching as an independent firm once again in 2017.

My focus

My focus is on digital, cyber and technology leaders, across sectors and internationally. I add value to businesses by finding them terrific talent, which will hopefully challenge established norms – something that is vital in this new digital world.

We have recently had great results working with Savannah Group. They spend the time and effort up front to truly understand the client and the specific nature of the role to be filled. They pressure-test the job profile and are true partners in shaping the role. This allows them to then very rapidly hone in on high-quality candidates and to complete executive searches successfully in aggressive timelines.

– Alexander von Schirmeister, Chief Innovation Officer, Electrocomponents

My motivation

Finding talent. You can sense it almost as soon as you walk into the room. It is so exciting to know that you have uncovered a world-class player and that your client is going to be thrilled.

Why I like working at Savannah

It is the fact that we are a fantastic, extremely talented team of all different ages and backgrounds; we all have great – and differing – ideas, which come together to enable us to provide an innovative and high-quality service to our clients.

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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