Marlin Hawk Announces The Acquisition Of Winter Circle To Create The Marlin Hawk Group

Entrepreneur combines innovation with tradition to launch assault on the establishment

27th March 2018 - London, UK: Marlin Hawk, the global executive search firm, today announces it is acquiring Winter Circle, the invitation-only digital network for senior executives. The two companies will create The Marlin Hawk Group, representing a dynamic shift in one of the last industries to be disrupted. Responding to market and client demands, the Group has carved a niche in the industry in its ability to provide full-service executive search, alongside direct solutions, which will empower internal executive search teams through technology.

Driven by the passionate belief that the traditional industry model needs to change, the two companies have come together to provide clients with a unique suite of executive search and leadership advisory services. As a united force, The Marlin Hawk Group will offer the full spectrum of executive hiring, from executive search and organisational analysis to direct solutions and access to an exclusive digital network of senior leaders.

Founded 15 years ago by industry disruptor David Holloway, Marlin Hawk has built a world-renowned executive search business, which saw a record year in 2017 with net fee income up 25%. The company also saw increased revenue growth globally, in the US business led by Mark Oppenheimer, and in the International business led by John-Claude Hesketh. Built on a philosophy of challenging industry norms, its clients include Goldman Sachs, Delta Airlines and Unilever.

Winter Circle was founded in 2015 to change the way that the world's leading companies and best talent meet. The invitation-only digital network connects leading executives with opportunities, ideas and intelligence, and has welcomed members from all over the world. It has had a successful first commercial year working with companies like Microsoft, Visa and Coupang.

As a result of this deal, existing and new clients across both businesses will witness the digitalisation of executive search and discover the benefits of technology and innovation at a faster pace.

David Holloway, Founder and CEO of Marlin Hawk, commented “It’s my belief that leaders have a responsibility to drive their industries forwards, and that the time is now for the executive search industry, which hasn’t changed in decades. By harnessing the strengths of these businesses we can bring a badly needed refresh of the services that search firms provide, adding greater value to the client and candidate experiences. We are committed to combining the best of human relationships with technology to disrupt the sector and to bring an outdated industry into the 21st century.”

Adam White, COO of Winter Circle, added “Joining with Marlin Hawk will allow us to be a stronger force in the industry as we grow our global network. There is already a natural synergy between the two companies and I believe our combined, tech-led proposition will transform how the industry is perceived and operates.”

Notes to Editors

The Marlin Hawk Group is headquartered in the UK and comprises Marlin Hawk, the globally successful executive search firm, and Winter Circle, an invitation-only exclusive network for executive talent. It has offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Singapore.


Click here to read more from The Marlin Hawk Group CEO, David Holloway, on the revolution in executive search.