Executive HR, Talent, Learning and Reward Movers & Shakers

The HR search market has remained remarkably strong throughout the September and October, and we have seen a number of mandates across all areas of HR.  This included Talent Acquisition, Learning and Development, Reward as well as CPO and HR Director roles.  Professional services, financial services and technology sectors have remained particularly buoyant throughout this period.  We have seen several moves into the technology sector from both financial and professional services.

Congratulations to the following who have all started new roles.


Rose Thomson moved to analytics provider RELX as CHRO. She was previously Chief People Officer at Standard Life Aberdeen.

Dentsu hired Victoria Livingstone as Chief People Officer and Pauline Miller as Chief Equity Officer.

David Heffernan joined Kantar as Senior HR Director Group Insights & Operations. He was previously CHRO at Capco

Vanessa Soames has joined Cognizant as Early Talent Director from Alexander Mann Solutions. Cognizant have also hired Susie Gahan as UK&I Head of People from KPMG.

Richard Graham started with London Stock Exchange as Head of Leadership & Career Development.

Rick Kershaw has joined Facebook as HR Director EMEA Technology. He was previously CPO at Peakon.

Jay Muthu moved to Entain as Director of Organization and People Capability. He was previously at Virgin Media.

Palo Alto Networks hired Terry Jones as Senior Director of Global Talent Development. He joined from Patrizia AG.

Graham Powell-Symon is the new EMEA Talent Acquisition Director at Wunderman Thompson

Professional Services

Jay Connolly joined Baker & McKenzie as Global Chief People Officer. He was previously Chief Talent Officer at Dentons.

Michelle Mason started with Colliers as Chief People Officer. She was previously at Aecom.

Susan Marotta is the new HR Director UK & EMEA at Avison Young.

Claire Davis has joined Haines Watts as Head of People. She was previously Director of Learning and Development at Smith and Williamson.

Sharon Ives has joined Slaughter and May as Head of HR Operations.

Financial Services

Tracey Hahn has joined Abrdn as Chief People Officer from ReAssure where she was Group HR Director.

Melanie Halsey joined First Seniter Investors as Chief People and Culture Officer. She has previously worked at Colt Technology as CPO.

Rachel Mooney is the new Chief People Officer at Monzo Bank. She joins from Snow Software, where she was Chief People and Culture Officer.

Alida Cesani is now CPO at Capital.com

Claudia Coppola is now Human Capital Director at KKR. She joins from Citi.

Karen Bowes is now MD, Head of HR for Consumer, Cards and Payments at Barclays. She was previously at Capital One.

Kevin Hagan is the new Human Resources Director at Enstar Group. He joined from Charles Taylor.

David Thomson-Smyth is now EMEA Head of Talent & Development at Macquarie Group.

David Dean has moved to Cyprus based FX group Exness as Global Head of TA from Thomson Reuters.

If you would be interested in a more detailed insight into the Executive HR market, please contact Emma Castillo. Emma places HR talent from £120k-£500k base salaries across the UK and internationally.