We are a boutique executive search business specialising in marketing, media and the creative industries.

Global. Strategic. Personal.

About us

Putting leaders in places where they can be heard.

Founded in 2006, we have worked across categories and international territories on senior management assignments.

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We believe in delivering creative solutions to every brief we work on: from how and where we search to helping construct packages that generate long-term stability and success.

Working closely with our clients to really identify what is required, we manage the process with attention to detail and responsiveness, ensuring that each assignment is handled with sensitivity, transparency, rigour and fairness.

We also work with our clients on a range of consultative services. From mentoring to designing and implementing senior management recruitment best practice across global organisations, we can create solutions to vastly differing client needs.

We are proud but discreet about our successes. We hope you get a good sense of our capabilities from this site and hope we have the opportunity to meet in person.

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Hannah Brown

Who we are

Hannah Brown

After graduating from Oxford in 1988 with a degree in PPE, Hannah spent a couple of years as a political researcher before becoming a Management Consultant at Prime Strategy Consultants specialising in outsourcing and market testing.

She joined the Marketing Services headhunter Kendall Tarrant in 1994, becoming MD in 1996 and led the UK management team that floated the company, growing the business both internationally and by sector. She was the youngest member of the PLC Board.

In 2006 she set up HBA, focussing on senior retained assignments globally.

Hannah sits on the board of several charities.

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Adam Leigh

Adam Leigh

Adam graduated from Cambridge in 1987 and joined Ogilvy & Mather as a Graduate Trainee, rising to becoming the youngest Account Director and Board Director as well as a Campaign “Face to Watch”. In 1994 he became Business Development Director for the London agency.

In 1996 he joined Bates UK, the third largest UK agency, becoming Deputy Managing Director two years later. In 2000 he joined Euro RSCG (now Havas UK) as Managing Director.

In 2005 he became CEO of The Communications Agency, an independent and integrated agency. Over the next 9 years, the business quadrupled in size with clients including RBS, American Express and Argos. In 2014 Adam led its sale to Communisis PLC.

Adam is a Non-Executive Director of Oliver Sweeney, the fashion brand and sits on the board of various charities including World Jewish Relief and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

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How we operate

Ours is not a complicated business.

For our clients, we understand their business properly and the cultural context in which any role will operate.

We talk extensively to all relevant stakeholders before commencing the search. We will define and develop the role in accordance with business imperatives and benchmark and advise on the remuneration package.

We try to search for candidates in different and sometimes unexpected markets. We will happily point out to our clients that they may need to be more patient in allowing us to search for a bit longer. We develop candidate synopses aligned to the stated objectives of the role. We maintain a dialogue that is regular, personal and straightforward.

We will advise and coach interviewers. We will brief our candidates thoroughly so that there are no surprises along the way.

We will lead the negotiation with the successful candidates with an appreciation of what will best serve both parties in the long term. We will help set KPIs and other performance metrics and validate the lead candidates experience through thorough reference checking.

Above all we will try to be straight with candidates and clients. Short-term expediency does not mean long-term gain. Common sense coupled with thoroughness should always prevail.

Our Clients

Recent searches have included CEO, CMO, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of e-commerce for the brands below. More importantly, all of the clients listed are available as references.

Our clients

Contact Us

Please email us at
info@hballondon.com