Our Business

Who we are:

EM is a leader in executive search and interim management both nationally and internationally.

Clients range from small, rapidly growing entrepreneurial enterprises through to FTSE 100 PLCs. They demand excellence, and we deliver. Through our focus on providing the highest levels of quality we have won Exclusive and Preferred Supplier Agreements with a prestigious list of clients across all sectors.

Where we are going:

EM's strategy is to nurture high-quality synergistic niche businesses, led by the most talented Partners to create value over the long term.

Where we have come from:

  • 1993 EM is founded. EM specialises on recruiting senior finance appointments for Blue-Chip corporates.
  • 1995 EM expands from London and South East to a pan-European offering. “EM Finance” is created as a distinct division within the finance market.
  • 1996 "EM Consulting" is created to focus exclusively on Management Consulting & specialises in recruiting strategy, process & technology roles.
  • 1998 “EM Finance” develops further to encompass banking & financial services clients.
  • 1999 Launch of “EM Financial Services”, a specific brand fulfilling front office roles in Investment Banking and Alternative Asset Managers.
  • 2001 EM launches equity participation scheme offering all employees a stake in the company's success.
  • 2003 EM is awarded outsourcing agreement by Wal-Mart, the largest company in the world, to acquire talent for roles across all disciplines
  • 2006 EM launch in Dubai to build on existing client relationships in the GCC region. 
  • 2007 EM is acquired by a consortium of private equity investors including Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) to provide synergies to its existing businesses, the Interim Register and Ellis Fairbank.
  • 2007 EM wins the Recruiter Awards Training and Development and Best Executive Search & Selection Firm 2007/2008 at the Recruitment Business Awards. 
  • 2008 EM opens offices in Manchester, Edinburgh, and Paris. 
  • 2009 EM carves itself out from its parent Group and, funded by its founders, becomes an independent business again.
  • 2010 EM builds its interims business providing immediately available professionals for short term assignments. 
  • 2010 EM appoints Carl Thompson (formerly CFO of AIM listed Hexagon Human Capital) as Finance Director.
  • 2011 EM invites Jan Shaw, formerly HR Director of Asda and architect of its growth under Sir Archie Norman, to become non-Exec Chairman.
  • 2012 EM expands its reach to cover roles in Australia and Asia Pac.
  • 2013 EM announces Nigel Milford, a former Director of Michael Page hiring across London HK and Toronto, is to take leadership responsibility for the EM Finance practice. 
  • 2014 Karl- Heinz Seul is appointed to lead EM Financial Services’s Risk Analytics & Quants Practice focusing on searches  for banking clients across EMEA.
  • 2015 EM appoints Anjam Khan , formerly of Mazars and a leading London  search firm to head up Internal Audit Risk and Compliance practice.
  • 2016 EM launches its legal executive search division to focus upon private practice, in-house and ABS clients.