Practice Areas

We have one process.
An adaptable one.

Recruiting high performers for Managing Director and CEO jobs

Recruiting for a CEO or Managing Director job represents one of the most significant investments a company can make – and also one of the greatest risks. Through rigorous screening, excellent relationships and a deep knowledge of the business landscape, Thewlis Graham shortlist only the most exceptional candidates, enabling our clients to have trust and confidence in the final selection.

There’s no single formula for a great CEO or Managing Director. The attributes of a leader that make them ideal for one business won’t necessarily be a good match for another. Different sectors, market sizes and working environments require distinct skillsets, from awareness of a particular market, practical financial experience, or a high level of technical knowledge, to public-speaking skills, digital savvy, or negotiation expertise. Candidates can take the form of inspirational extroverts, tenacious entrepreneurs, meticulous academics or creative trailblazers.

When advertising a CEO or MD job, organisations – whether private or public - are taking a risk. In-house experience is valuable, but no guarantee of a successful leader. A candidate with an excellent track-record of sustaining success in a competitive market is highly desirable but may lack the ability to make tough decisions or the courage to take unpopular action. The result? The fundamental truth is that weak leadership can have a negative impact on both reputation and return on investment.

Our Executive Search Service

Thewlis Graham work towards eliminating risk through a rigorous Executive Search process. We have a deep understanding of the evolving challenges and demands that come hand-in-hand with CEO and MD jobs. We work closely with our clients to fully understand the operational needs and working culture associated with an appointment. We give guidance when we feel we can exceed or challenge expectations.

We also work across a number of sectors including retail, FMCG, pharma, logistics, manufacturing, regulatory and professional bodies, and more. Positions we have successfully filled in the past include Managing Director roles for EMEA Warner Bros Consumer Products, and Aunt Bessie's Ltd of the William Jackson Food Group. We have also recruited a CEO for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and a CEO and Registrar for the General Osteopathic Council.

With a vast network of satisfied clients and candidates, and relationships cultivated through integrity, trust and success, we work to the utmost degree of professionalism and confidentiality.

With Thewlis Graham, an Executive Search doesn’t simply fill a gap. It secures a candidate of the highest calibre, with the right chemistry, who is able to prove their worth as a CEO or Managing Director and be the greatest investment an organisation can make.