Business & Professional Services

Our Business & Professional Services practice is one of the largest global dedicated teams in the search industry and operates at the heart of our organisation as both a horizontal and vertical service line.

We leverage the combination of where our industry contacts and knowledge intersect our extensive networks across Technology Services & IT Outsourcing, Business Services and traditional Professional Services such as Strategy Consulting, Management Consulting & Advisory and Business Process Outsourcing. Our ‘one firm’ approach with a single global database and global resource team allows us to secure leadership appointments with dexterity across borders, regions and continents.

Whilst we continue to appoint traditional sector, functional practice, geographical and business unit leaders, over the last few years we have helped our clients invest heavily in transformational leaders in Data & Analytics, Cloud, Digital Transformation, Technology Platforms and Cyber Security. HIEC has been at the vanguard of securing leadership appointments in these emergent technologies and is now leading the charge in Robotics/RPA, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Blockchain placements.

Our clients are a mix of Fortune 500 firms and disruptive, emerging services firms and include global Strategy firms, the ‘Big 4’ Audit/Advisory partnerships, System Integrators and IT Managed Services providers, PE-backed Business Services organizations and BPO providers where we appoint executive leadership teams, and Managing Partner/Senior Partners/Partners, Managing Directors and Senior & Vice Presidents, all with the common goal of helping our clients lead their respective markets via the acquisition of the transformational leaders of tomorrow.

Our activities also include brokering boutique company acquisitions for larger firms, and originating team-lifts to enable our clients to building critical mass and new business lines quickly.

HIEC has taken a very strong position and voice on Gender Diverse leadership appointments, our Partners and global Research teams utilising codified 8-year old gender-specific search methodology to identify, court and secure a step-change in the number of female leaders we present on shortlist slates, and how many we ultimately appoint. The results of this intervention strategy are market-leading performance statistics.

Reference Projects

  • Global Lead on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive – Big 4 advisory
  • Global Head of Consumer & Retail Sector practice – Fortune 100 technology services firm
  • Global Head of Strategy – Big 4 advisory firm
  • Global Account Lead, Financial Services – Fortune 100 technology services firm
  • Private Equity Practice Leader – Global strategy firm
  • European Head of IoT – technology & outsourcing firm
  • Data & Analytics Team-Lift – Big 4 advisory firm
  • Partner, Insurance Lead Partner – top-tier strategy firm
  • Cyber Leader – Fortune 100 technology services firm
  • Global Head of Innovation Practice – PE-backed management consultancy