The Nature of Headhunting in Britain in the 1980s

  • Stephanie Jones


The 1980s have seen a significant change in the fortunes of the major executive search firms in London. Although most of the major firms now at the top of the executive search market were present in London before 1980, their position, structure and influence was relatively small compared with their growth in importance in the 1980s. The London market may be seen to be increasingly dominated by eight firms, five of whom are true international firms — owning and controlling a wide network of offices worldwide — and three local firms. The international firms are Egon Zehnder, Russell Reynolds, Spencer Stuart, Korn/Ferry and Heidrick and Struggles; the UK firms are GKR, Whitehead Mann and Norman Broadbent. A number of smaller British firms are also making an important contribution, such as Tyzack, Merton, John Stork and specialists like City headhunters Baines Gwinner.


Financial Service Chief Executive Service Business International Firm Manpower Planning 
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© Stephanie Jones 1989

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