John Ellis, the previous Managing Partner of the bespoke Executive Search and Interim Management firm, has been appointed Chairman, with co-founder Vicky Maxwell Davies moving to Managing Partner. Alongside her, Simon Gough continues to lead the highly successful and fast growing Interim business, and in a newly created role, Simon Bailey becomes Director of Strategy & Development.
It’s a move that allows both Ms Maxwell Davies and Mr Bailey to continue their roles as partners within the Digital & Technology and Financial Officers practices while sharing the responsibility of the evolution of the firm as it continues its journey towards a digital and client centric Search and Interim firm.
John Ellis, Chairman, commented, “It’s been a landmark year for the firm. Our rebranding as Savannah has been very positively received by the market, with clients buying into our fully tailored, integrated Search and Interim offering. We have had a succession plan in place for some time, and Vicky, Simon Gough and Simon Bailey have contributed significantly to the success of the firm so far. I have every confidence in them as we continue on our journey.”
Vicky Maxwell Davies, Managing Partner, commented, “I am delighted to have been elected by the board to continue the development of Savannah as Managing Partner. We’ve seen first hand how an increasingly digital world has impacted all types of businesses. Our focus will remain on supporting businesses in the UK, Europe & globally with access to the best executive leaders who will drive them forward on their journeys to digital transformation.”
Simon Bailey, Director of Strategy and Development, commented, “There is a tremendous opportunity for growth at Savannah, and I am excited to continue the great work that has been done so far. Our integrated Search and Interim offering has performed even better than we expected and, as the Savannah brand we have been able to strengthen our team through attracting and recruiting truly world-class partners. Savannah will continue its growth through the acquisition of new partners to lead current and new functional and industry practices.”
Simon Gough, Managing Partner of Interim, commented, “We’ve seen strong growth from the Interim side of our business over the last couple of years. This is partly from clients increasingly seeing the strategic advantage of bringing in high impact senior executives to lead through a period of change, and also from the success of our integrated Search and Interim model. Clients like that they can use us to access leaders for both short-term and long-term transformation and that our Interim consultants have the same sector specialisms as our Search consultants, allowing them to knowledge share about the best candidates much more effectively. Vicky, Simon and I share the same vision for the firm, and I look forward to working alongside them as we continue on our growth journey.”