Marlin Hawk is a boutique advisory firm focused on the next generation of
global leaders.

We want to change the way companies think about talent. Every business faces the same question. Regardless of its size, sector or location. How can we appoint leaders who deliver success?

At Marlin Hawk, we believe the old answers are not good enough. So we've redefined executive search and pioneered new ways to help companies secure and develop the talent they need. Our clients trust us to hunt wider, deeper and smarter than anyone else. They know we will bring them those special people who make a
real difference.

Above and Beyond

In a rapidly changing business world, tradition can be an asset. But companies that refuse to adapt will struggle to grow. Winners are smart, agile and open-minded. They employ great people. We help our clients to see the big picture. We show them how the right talent could redefine success. And then we go out and find those people. View our client and candidates section to hear some of their thoughts and experiences.

Our Stories and Discoveries

To the ends
of the earth

(and beyond)

We've guided our clients on some incredible journeys. To us, they are true pioneers. They see business as an adventure. They take tough terrain in their stride. They overcome great challenges to achieve the extraordinary. Their inspiring stories will show you the value we put on building relationships, the scale of what we could achieve together.

"Inspiring journeys of discovery are as much part of the cityscape as the wilderness. Whether it's the boardroom table or the polar plateau, executive bench or continental shelf, if we expand our horizons and rise to new challenges, we are capable of achieving the seemingly impossible." ©

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Penned by Sir Ranulph Fiennes exclusively for Marlin Hawk.
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We find those rare individuals who deliver real competitive advantage. It's not easy. It takes a pioneering approach and relentless determination. When we evaluate candidates, we don't just look at what they've done or where they want to go. We use rigorous techniques to understand their life and character, their drivers and values.

Our unique approach reveals a more detailed and meaningful portrait of the person behind the CV or resume. It means we can find people who match a client’s needs perfectly and add value from day one. And it enables our candidates to achieve their personal ambitions.

Depth and Detail

Insights & News

Thoughts and Ideas

We believe in the value of informed insights. When the 'accepted wisdom' is wrong, we’ll look for a better answer. When we see assumptions based on hunches, we'll look
for facts and data. And when we see something
innovative that improves business performance, we'll
share it with our networks.

View our articles and news items to get a taste of the latest thinking and developments at Marlin Hawk.

Chief Innovation Officer - how will the role evolve?

by James Larkin on 18 April 2017

Executive leadership is as stiff as a board

by Jonathan Hime on 12 April 2017

Is the role of Chief Innovation Officer outdated?

by Lisa Peacock-Edwards on 22 March 2017

HR digital disruption: the biggest wave of transformation in decades

by James Larkin on 13 February 2017

Interim must never be a pale imitation of executive search

by Trevor Moulton on 04 January 2017

Technology will be the maker or breaker of business in 2017

by Jon White on 06 December 2016

What makes a great CFO - a headhunter’s perspective.

by Stacey Nicholl on 28 November 2016

How can Asian business capitalise on the nexus between leadership and diversity?

by Chris Cook on 21 November 2016

Survey finds talent poaching rampant, and often uncontested, across business spectrum

by Mark Oppenheimer on 18 October 2016

Rugby lessons for succession planning

by Jonathan Hime on 07 October 2016

Bridging the Brexit gap with interim consulting

by Trevor Moulton on 23 September 2016

Marlin Hawk appoints senior consultant for US Financial Services practice

published on 08 August 2016

The coming of age of the CHRO

by Mark Oppenheimer on 27 July 2016

What will the C-Suite look like in the future?

published on 14 July 2016

Marlin Hawk climbs to top 10 in UK executive search rankings

published on 13 July 2016

The impact of Brexit on executive search

by Jonathan Hime on 30 June 2016

The executive search industry must react to market forces

by Jonathan Hime on 28 June 2016

Tesco Bank CEO champions HR as key to sustainable success

published on 24 June 2016

Marlin Hawk appoints associate partner for Asia

published on 01 June 2016

How to get the best out of your interim managers

by Trevor Moulton on 18 May 2016

Marlin Hawk appoints John-Claude Hesketh as partner

published on 11 May 2016

Do you really need to adapt your business to millennials?

by Jonathan Hime on 09 May 2016

What will executive search look like in future?

by Jonathan Hime on 05 May 2016

Chief Human Resource Officers of the future

by Mark Oppenheimer on 03 May 2016

Marlin Hawk appoints senior consultant in San Francisco

published on 26 April 2016

Marlin Hawk included in The Leap 100 2016: the definitive list of fast-growth companies

published on 20 April 2016

Marlin Hawk to support The Prince’s Responsible Business Network

published on 07 April 2016

It’s time to reinvent diversity

by Jonathan Hime on 30 March 2016

Should companies expand human capital disclosure?

by Mark Oppenheimer on 16 March 2016

March of the millennials seems unstoppable

by Jonathan Hime on 10 March 2016

Brexit could buoy the UK interim market

by Charles Matthews on 24 February 2016

What will the successful executive recruiter look like in 2020?

by Mark Oppenheimer on 18 February 2016

Interim Consulting insures against risk

by Trevor Moulton on 16 February 2016

Interim Consulting - top tips for ensuring a successful legacy

by Trevor Moulton on 15 February 2016

Banks limber up for the executive skills race

by Mark Oppenheimer on 13 January 2016

Top tips to get the best out of your product talent

by Jon White on 17 December 2015

Marlin Hawk appoints Lisa Peacock-Edwards as partner

published on 23 November 2015

Lord Allen shares the secrets of a successful chairmanship

published on 13 November 2015

Halting the CCO merry-go-round

by Alex Ford on 02 November 2015

When choosing a search partner, does bigger mean better?

by Ian Randle on 15 October 2015

Hiring West Coast talent – real ROI or PR ploy?

by Jon White on 09 October 2015

Marlin Hawk appoints marketing chief

published on 16 September 2015

Recruitment Process Outsourcing stifles top interim talent

published on 26 August 2015

The Candidate Experience – VIP service or lip service?

by Ian Randle on 17 August 2015

Onboarding is pivotal to executive search

by Mark Oppenheimer on 21 July 2015

Developing female leadership in Africa

by Adam Bailey on 21 July 2015

Marlin Hawk breaks into UK top 20 executive search rankings

by Marlin Hawk on 20 July 2015

Cultivating Corporate Culture

by Jonathan Hime, Charlie Jaggard, Mark Oppenheimer, Ben Leary on 20 July 2015

Assessing for the fleX Factor

by Mark Oppenheimer on 15 July 2015

Top 10 character traits of a Millennial leader

by Jonathan Hime on 22 June 2015

What CHROs really want from executive search

by Mark Oppenheimer on 19 June 2015

The rise and call of the Chief Talent Officer

by Jonathan Hime on 08 June 2015

CIOs crack the glass ceiling

by Jon White on 28 May 2015

Changing the balance of power in Technology

by Sian Morgan on 30 April 2015

Marlin Hawk wins brand identity award

published on 22 April 2015

Marlin Hawk expands presence in Asia

published on 15 April 2015

Marlin Hawk first to pilot Piers Linney’s workinsight.org charity

published on 09 April 2015

Famous explorer endorses leadership advisory firm

by Marlin Hawk on 10 March 2015

Traditional executive search faces extinction

by Jonathan Hime on 18 February 2015

Marlin Hawk appoints co-head of Wholesale Financial Services practice

published on 17 February 2015

The transition from branch banking to digital banking

by John-Claude Hesketh on 21 January 2015

Could you make better use of interim execs?

by Trevor Moulton on 04 August 2014

A new generation of CEOs is on the rise.

by Jonathan Hime on 21 July 2014

Two reasons why big data projects fail.

by Carla Sidoli on 14 July 2014

Better customer engagement demands a new kind of leader.

by Charlie Jaggard on 07 July 2014

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Our Values

We are a genuine people business, where those willing to think differently, challenge assumptions and find new ways of doing things are highly prized. But when it comes to our vision and values, we are as one.


To be the most compelling and pioneering firm in the industry, for our customers and people.







At Marlin Hawk, it is our people that make us stand out. We look for extraordinary talent and, not surprisingly, apply the same stringent approach to hiring it as we do for our clients.

Whether a raw graduate or experienced consultant, we want people who think differently yet share our values. We seek individuals who thrive in a culture that is unrelenting in its pursuit of the best customer experience in our industry.

We expect total commitment and we reward it by promoting people rapidly – there are no limits, whatever your level of experience. We run a mentoring scheme to increase every person’s chance of achieving their full potential. We also know how to have fun, celebrating individual milestones and collective success.

If you want to start or develop your career with a boutique that genuinely shapes the world’s business leadership, please contact us in confidence on careers@marlinhawk.com or apply for roles advertised on our LinkedIn profile.

Our Philosophy

Discovering And Delivering The Unexpected

We want our clients and candidates to achieve their full potential. So we've developed better ways to understand 'how' and 'why' those we work with became 'who' they are today. We don't rely on intuition. Our unique tools and processes evaluate candidates from three perspectives: ambitions, 'life journey', and desire to grow personally.

Combined with our knowledge of business trends and the changing world of work, these insights reveal candidates in a new light. Read more to discover how we deliver results that are sometimes unexpected, but always highly effective.

Our approach to Corporate Responsibility
1) We Look For Ambition

We find people who think big, challenge themselves and see every setback as an opportunity to learn and grow. These are candidates who do not just accept the world as it is. They want to find a better way, a smarter answer. They want to shape the future.

Culture Clash

We often look for candidates that fit a client’s culture. But sometimes a culture clash is what’s needed. An insurance company was in the slow-lane, falling behind its rivals across a range of performance metrics. We found it a Chief Operating Officer bursting with ambition. His sense of drive and commitment reinvigorated the business. Within 100 days, he’d devised a transformation plan – and begun to implement it. He achieved a degree and pace of change that would have been unthinkable before his arrival.


There are many routes a traveller can take to reach a destination. We find candidates who are honest about the obstacles they have encountered along the road, and how they managed to overcome them. We can separate those with the potential to journey further from those who have taken too many shortcuts or got lost down too many
dead ends.

Digging Deep

It's good when a client knows what they want. But often their brief is just a starting point. One company wanted to appoint an internal candidate, someone who had been with it for years and – so it seemed – had an impressive record. But when we dug deeper into his personality, we discovered a worrying management style. We advised the board that if they appointed this individual, they risked undermining some of their most important business values. When we showed the senior leaders the kind of candidate they really needed, we quickly found the perfect person.


We find candidates with the potential to grow. Rising stars who need a fresh challenge. People who want to keep moving forward – learning, growing, achieving more. Those who can deliver sustained improvement for years to come.

Tomorrow’s Talent

Finding a candidate who meets the client’s needs today is good, but not enough. We like to find the rare people who have the kind of drive and vigour our clients will want to retain for years. Our ability to spot upcoming talent enabled us to find a superb Chief Executive for a global consumer goods business. This individual was young, dynamic, talented – and massively frustrated with his old employer, which foolishly overlooked his potential. Shortly after starting his new role, he was voted one of the most inspiring leaders in the industry.


Assumptions are dangerous in our profession. There is no such thing as the "standard brief" – or there shouldn’t be. We find the best-of-the-best candidates by looking at the full picture – life experience, education, adversity, business achievements – and always pushing for more.

Persistence Rewarded

Our client wanted to recruit a Senior Security Officer. Previous search firms had failed to deliver, or given up in frustration with the board’s shifting demands. But we saw their uncertainty as a challenge. We live in an ambiguous world, where needs change. The answer is to listen, think and be patient; challenge assumptions with data and rigour. Eventually, we found the perfect candidate. But he wasn’t an obvious choice; with a government background, he would need time to adapt. So we coached him through his first 18 months, showing him how to apply his skills and deliver change in the private sector – where he continues to add significant value.

Our Services

Transforming Careers And Companies

Our industry is big on talk but short on innovation. So we've thrown away 'the rulebook'. We're not interested in tired practices that do nothing to help clients or candidates. Instead, we've pioneered tools and methodologies that transform business performance. Ours is a more scientific approach. It's grounded in rich detail and clear strategic thinking. And it gets results. Read more to learn about our sevices, and what makes them unique.

Executive search

We collaborate with key stakeholders to develop a crystal clear brief. Then use innovative search techniques to identify an unparalleled pool of potential candidates. We guide clients and candidates throughout the process – managing expectations, aligning ambitions and keeping the outcome in focus. Our world-class project management skills ensure a smooth journey from beginning to end. With the perfect candidate on board, we stay close at hand – coaching and advising as needed.

Market intelligence & benchmarking

We share actionable business ideas and market intelligence with clients across a range of topics – from the impact of regulatory change to emerging skill gaps. Our fresh perspective on talent management and organizational strategy helps clients to define their requirements better, before we even start searching for candidates.

Interim management

We provide outstanding interim executives – quickly. Our no-compromise approach enables clients to be flexible in their resourcing and to respond quickly to unexpected changes or sudden opportunities. With a global network of referenced and vetted candidates, we can find the right people, wherever clients need them.

Project services

We handpick experts and advisors who deliver successful projects. Our approach ensures that the people working on a project align with the client’s values and share its objectives. Compared to resourcing a project through a traditional consulting firm, our approach offers clients greater long-term value, less short-term cost and far more control.

Leadership assessment

We conduct discrete evaluations of individuals, teams and boards of directors. Our work helps senior leaders to identify skills gaps, adapt to a changing business environment and plan for succession. Clients can then develop the talent management strategies that will keep them moving forwards.


We offer all our clients and candidates honest, frank and constructive feedback about how they can achieve their goals or move their careers forward. That can take the form of a structured coaching program or less formal guidance. Our coaching helps people at every stage of their working lives.

Our Sector Expertise

A Deeper Understanding

We work and think globally, across corporate sectors and country boundaries. That gives us an unrivalled perspective on business and people trends. To find the best candidates and new ideas, we go where more limited consultancies can't. No one in our industry can surpass the depth and range of our networks. We are constantly talking to some of the most influential people in the world. We get to the right people fast, opening doors and creating opportunities.


Our financial services team recruits for clients across consumer & wholesale financial services and insurance. We find candidates for global financial firms, super-regional banks, insurance companies, mobile payment specialists, credit card companies, wealth managers, investment banks, hedge funds, financial technology firms and exchanges.

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Consumer & Technology

Our consumer & technology team recruits people who anticipate market changes, innovate relentlessly and compete hard. We work with businesses of all sizes – from those in the early stages of venture capital support to the world’s largest companies. Areas we specialise in include consumer products & manufacturing, consumer services, technology, utilities, retail, travel, media and digital.

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Our professional services team recruits individuals to senior roles in accountancy practices, law firms, IT service providers and other consultancies. Assignments range from practice leaders to specialist professionals. When a single appointment will not have the impact our client needs, we build entire teams of people.

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& Executive

We’ve built a global network of outstanding business leaders and rising stars. These are people with the power to reinvigorate a flagging business or take a successful firm to new heights. Our networks range from divisional leaders and group CEOs to chairmen and non-executive directors.

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Finance, Risk
& Compliance

Our finance, risk and compliance team recruits people who combine expert technical knowledge with a commercial mindset. We find candidates who establish appropriate levels of internal control whilst having the ability to partner with the business to enable growth. Roles we frequently recruit include Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Financial Director, Head of Compliance and Head of Finance Change and Transformation.

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& Customer

Our commercial, marketing and customer team recruits people who deliver outstanding customer experience and value management. We’ve found candidates for some of the world’s most successful companies, across B2B and B2C sectors. Roles we frequently recruit include Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, and their direct reports.

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& Innovation

Our digital and innovation team recruits people with the ability to change the way a business thinks about everything from social media to customer value. We find candidates who combine a digital mind-set with commercial sense and business strategy. Roles we frequently recruit include Chief Executive Officer, Chief Digital Officer and Multi-Channel Director.

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& Operational

Our operations and technology team recruits people with outstanding technological and commercial skills. We select CIO and innovative CTO leaders along with senior team members within the mid- to back-office world across procurement, supply chain and operations.

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Today's people issues are becoming increasingly complex and challenging. We partner with our clients to find exceptional HR leaders who are an essential voice in the boardroom, combining real commercial understanding and HR domain expertise to positively impact culture and the bottom line.

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Our People

Our Team
and Sector

Success demands extraordinary people. That's the philosophy we apply when we find people for our clients. And it's how we recruit our own team. We don't look for 'consultants' – we employ remarkable individuals with the ambition to chart new territories, the vision to help our clients succeed. We select bright, entrepreneurial, creative thinkers – people who question assumptions and find answers. When they join us, we work towards one objective – delivering for our clients.

David Holloway
Executive Chairman
Jonathan Hime
Group Managing Partner - International
Mark Oppenheimer
Group Managing Partner - Americas
Lisa Peacock-Edwards
John-Claude Hesketh
Colin Baker
Associate Partner
Marc Baloch
Associate Partner (APAC)
Somer Conley
Associate Partner
Digital, Technology & Commerce Practice (US)
Trevor Moulton
Associate Partner
Interim Practice
Nabila Sadiq
Group Head of Talent Acquisition
Anna Wisdish
Operations Director
Robyn Garrett
Finance Director
Patrick Pearson
Marketing & Communications Director
Chris Cook

Chris spent the first four years of his career in financial services in the UK, broking offshore & onshore energy risks to underwriters at Lloyds of London. He began working as an executive search professional in 2000 and has built a significant cross-continental executive network, having worked in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Chris joined Marlin Hawk from Asia's top ranked financial services search firm to lead our operations in South East Asia. He forms part of our broader APAC and global capability, delivering the next generation of talent across C-suite operational roles and general management positions.

His client base includes sell and buy side institutional financial services firms, consumer financial services organisations, blue chip corporates and private equity investee companies.

Chris has a degree in Business Studies and professional insurance qualifications.

Ian Randle
Consumer Practice

+44 (0) 20 7786 6063

Ian Randle began his career in the CPG sector with Black & Decker and spent nearly five years gaining experience within supply chain & procurement positions. His career as an executive search professional began ten years ago with a functionally focused remit and developed towards more senior hiring at the general management and leadership level.

He now works with an impressive network of CEOs and board-level executives on a global scale, in large listed companies as well as privately owned and PE-backed businesses. Ian builds relationships underpinned by trust and respect and counts many of his senior contacts as friends as well as clients.

In his current role, Ian leads our consumer and retail practice and works at a group level as a key interface for our clients and in interacting with our network of senior executives worldwide. He has a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies.

Stacey Nicholl
Senior Consultant
CFO Practice

+44 (0) 207 786 6088

Stacey Nicholl works in our CFO practice for EMEA, where she manages executive-level finance and finance-change appointments across both search and interim. Based at our headquarters, Stacey specialises in financial services. She helps a range of institutions across insurance and reinsurance, retail, corporate and investment banking, and asset management. Stacey has led and managed the appointment of group and divisional CFOs, group finance directors and heads of finance change and transformation. Before joining Marlin Hawk Stacey worked for a large international recruitment firm and a boutique firm, where she created a Banking and Financial Services practice.

Charles Matthews
Interim Practice

+44 (0) 20 7786 6083

Charles Matthews joined our Interim Management practice in 2011. He focuses on senior appointments in operations and technology and has built strong relationships across COO, CIO and CTO communities. Charles works with businesses large and small. His client mandates range from C-suite appointments to programme management and leadership advisory.

Before joining Marlin Hawk, Charles spent six years with a global search and selection firm. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a 2.1 majoring in History and a minor in Spanish.

Adam Colley
Alternatives (US)

+1 646 257 3755

Adam is a Consultant in the firm’s Financial Services practice based in New York City. He has extensive experience leading a variety of senior leadership searches, with a particular focus on consumer banking and digital. Key leadership positions placed include COOs, CMOs, CIOs & CTOs, as well as managing directors and group heads.

Prior to joining Marlin Hawk, Adam was the Head of Research for another boutique search firm based in London where he advised clients and placed top-grade talent in investment banks, prop trading houses, brokerages, exchanges, clearing houses, hedge funds and asset management firms.

Adam graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Economic Geography.

Financial Services (US)

James heads up the research teams behind Marlin Hawk’s US executive search and market intelligence capabilities. He joined the company in 2012 as a researcher within the EMEA Financial Services team, specialising in Retail Financial Services. Since then he has broadened his responsibilities to cut across all Financial Services and Commerce & Industry clients, supporting appointments within the CHRO, COO, CIO, CRO, digital and emerging payments space. James has delivered some of Marlin Hawk’s most high profile searches and strategic advisory projects for clients around the globe.

Prior to joining Marlin Hawk, James worked in recruitment & HR consulting. He has a Joint Honours degree from Oxford University in Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology and is a member of the British Psychology Society (MBPsS).

Archer D McFall
Commerce & Industry (US)

Archer D. McFall is a Consultant with Marlin Hawk’s Global Commerce & Industry Practice. He has experience leading executive search assignments for CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, CISOs, data executives, product leaders, operations executives, business leaders and GMs, in addition to HR leaders and communications & marketing executives. Archer is also a member of the firm’s Strategic Talent Consulting & Leadership Advisory Services groups.

Prior to this role, Archer worked in the firm’s Global Innovation & Digital Practice. He joined the firm as a Senior Researcher supporting the firm’s Hedge Fund & Asset Management and Global Financial Services practices.

Before joining Marlin Hawk Group, Archer was Lead Analyst for the Global Industrial & Aerospace Practice of a retained executive search firm and served as Database & BI Analyst for a boutique B2B sales & service strategy consulting firm.

Archer is a graduate of Colgate University and based in the firm’s US headquarters, New York.

Contact Us

Far and Wide

We help clients and candidates around the world. From London to San Francisco, to Singapore and Sydney – or anywhere in between. Please contact us.

London Office

Marlin Hawk
10 Throgmorton Avenue,

Phone: +44 20 7786 6000
Email: enquiries@marlinhawk.com

14:31New York
New York Office

Marlin Hawk
300 Park Avenue,
12th Fl.,
New York,
NY 10022,

Phone: +1 347 363 0253
Email: enquiries@marlinhawk.com

11:31San Francisco
San Francisco Office

Marlin Hawk
4 Embarcadero Center,
Suite 1400,
San Francisco
CA 94111.

Phone: +1 415 766 3560
Email: enquiries@marlinhawk.com

02:31Hong Kong
Hong Kong Office

Marlin Hawk
Level 9, Central Building
1-3 Pedder Street,
Hong Kong

Phone: +852 3977 0569
Email: enquiries@marlinhawk.com

Singapore Office

Marlin Hawk
Level 30,
Singapore Land Tower ,
50 Raffles Place,

Phone: +65 6632 3559
Email: enquries@marlinhawk.com