Armstrong Craven Appoints Head of Americas

May 7, 2019 – U.K.-based talent specialist Armstrong Craven is continuing its expansion with the appointment of Leslie Lazarus as head of Americas. The U.S. is already a major market for the firm, which has long relationships with some of the largest American brands. But Rachel Davis, deputy CEO, said the firm believes it can build upon that foundation. “There is significant potential for further growth as more businesses look to advance a strategic approach to their talent acquisition initiatives,” she said.

Ms. Lazarus’ appointment follows the opening of Armstrong Craven’s New York office at the start of this year. Armstrong Craven’s other offices are in Singapore and Switzerland.

“Leslie brings with her a significant amount of experience in executive search and talent acquisition strategy as well as an in-depth knowledge of the U.S. market and an established network of contacts across human resources and talent acquisition,” said Ms. Davis. “Leslie’s appointment and the opening of our U.S. office is the latest extension of our hub structure aimed at providing clients with a truly global approach to talent acquisition.”

“We anticipate making a number of additional appointments in the U.S. over the coming months as we look to continue providing an unrivalled level of service to our clients,” said Ms. Davis.

Experienced Search Consultant

Ms. Lazarus has an extensive background in executive search including senior roles at firms like Korn Ferry. In more than 15 years with leading global and boutique executive search firms, she has worked with public and private companies, as well as private equity, in multiple industries on senior and C-level placements, with a focus on finance, tax, HR, sales and operations roles. In addition, she has vast experience working in the U.S. and globally, in both in-house and consultancy roles.

Ms. Lazarus had been serving in the role of executive search consultant with L2 Search Partners. Before that, she was senior director of global executive recruiting and talent acquisition at Sutherland. Earlier in her search career she was with Korn Ferry as well as Gent & Associates. Prior to her move into executive search, Ms. Lazarus held senior roles in retail and sales.

“Armstrong Craven is disrupting the way talent acquisition is done and bringing a breath of fresh air to the sectors in which it specializes,” said Ms. Lazarus. “I have seen at firsthand, and from both sides of the fence, the limitations of traditional search.”

“The services Armstrong Craven offers enables clients to be far more strategic and thoughtful in the war for talent, moving away from the traditional transactional model,” she said. “Our talent mapping, pipelining and insight services go far deeper, helping organizations to identify and attract the best talent and providing a far greater return on investment.”

Armstrong Craven is a global talent mapping and pipelining partner for scarce and senior positions, as well as providing talent and market insight. The firm’s coverage is global as its clients are multinational, across financial services, technology, healthcare and life sciences, and industrial and consumer. The firm, which employs 75 people, provides clients with a range of services including talent mapping, pipelining, insight, executive search and executive RPO.

Firms Expanding to the U.S.

With the U.K.’s departure from the European Union fast approaching, Hunt Scanlon Media has kept a close eye on recruitment firms in England seeking reprieve in America. What is transpiring is a tale of transformation – and transition – in an era of global upheaval.

U.K. search firms offer many reasons for coming to the U.S. Perhaps no market is as vibrant, or challenging, for the executive search industry as America, and New York City in particular – arguably the largest single city for headhunting the world over. A decade since the great recession, bankers and other financial industry titans – and the recruiters who serve them – are thriving, as are many other organizations that call the Big Apple home, including giants of the non-profit world, retail, healthcare and media.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that job openings are outnumbering job seekers for the first time on record across the U.S. That’s a trend that’s particularly striking in New York, where salaries have grown 2.2 percent in the last year. All this makes the U.S. an appealing landing spot for U.K.-based executive search firms looking to expand – and searching for solid ground to soften the potential impact and uncertainty of Brexit.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media