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Joel Wright, chief executive and co-founder of, and Sarah Skinner, EMEA chief executive and global managing director of Grace Blue.

Dear <<First Name>>

2024 is shaping up to be a pivotal year on many levels.  Firstly, for us at Grace Blue. Our recent acquisition by is the most exciting step change in our history - we are the first search firm to be acquired by a tech services business.  

This acquisition – a unique combination of AI and human- expertise – means we can provide an enhanced talent solution to our clients, both in terms of talent discovery, but also how we partner with talent acquisition teams beyond executive search, to help improve retention and provide industry insights that ensures talent is top of the Board’s agenda.  

Talent needs to be on every Board agenda this year. Companies who believe that having the best people is integral to high performance will thrive, as highlighted in our talent predictions for 2024. Ignore the importance of your employer brand at your peril. We want to help your company be the first, and best, choice for people to work for.

2024 is also pivotal globally - more people participating in democracies this year than ever before as a result of the high number of political elections being held around the world.  A big theme in so many of the political debates? The critical importance of leadership and how it can shape the direction of people’s voting choices.  

I’m delighted we continue to be involved in many successful leadership appointments across industry; a selection of which are highlighted in this newsletter. We are looking forward to what this year will offer for our consumer and sports practice as we celebrate 5 years of operating in the former, and our most successful year with the latter.

There may be uncertainty with how 2024 will unfold, but we are always optimistic and see signs of that reflected amongst many of our clients as illustrated in our recent interview with Marketing Week. We believe the most important thing this year is to be proactive, agile and innovative in your talent recruitment and retention approach.  

Finally, happy Year of the Dragon. It is reassuring to know the Dragon symbolises wisdom and good fortune - we hope these will be the values that come to the fore for us all in the year ahead.


Sarah Skinner, Global MD & EMEA CEO

Grace Blue Latest News Acquires The Grace Blue Partnership To Grow Talent Discovery And Recruitment Solutions

We are delighted to announce we have been acquired by, a technology company leading the charge in the application of AI for talent recruitment and retention.

When we launched Grace Blue in 2007 we set out to become a globally recognised executive search business, respected for our knowledge, advice and service at a leadership level. We continually challenge ourselves to lead: in our client service, our partnerships with talent and in the use of technology, to support the high-quality personal commitment that sits at the heart of our values.
This news means Grace Blue’s specialist service offering, helping companies to build the very best leadership teams by attracting and retaining world-class talent, will now be powered with leading edge technology to complement the skills and expertise of our specialist team of consultants.
There is no doubt in our minds that AI is going to shape the future of every industry, and so too, the leadership team of every successful business. The combined offering of Grace Blue and means we are right at the leading edge of how using this transformative technology can help the best leaders and their teams succeed.

If you would like to talk more about how the combination of executive search and AI can help you build the very best leadership team, please get in touch.

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Celebrating Grace Blue’s consumer practice’s 5 year anniversary

November 2023 marked five years since we launched our practice and since then we have partnered with some of the world's leading consumer brands from global brands to entrepreneurial scale-ups and more. We have been privileged to have placed over 70+ consumer brand leaders in this space and got to know a vast number of outstanding candidates along the way. 

We are honoured to have been voted as one of the five best executive search firms globally by the CMO community.

We are committed to providing strategic advice to both clients and candidates, and championing the ongoing growth of consumer brands.

We wanted to thank all those who have referred us, and the clients and candidates for the trust they have placed in us, and now look forward to continuing our mission to secure the best leadership talent in Consumer brands for the next five years and beyond.

Thank you for partnering with us, recommending and supporting us. Watch our short
celebratory video.

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The start of the year has been a busy one for us as we attended some of the industry events such as LEAD 2024, Campaign Magazine’s Year Ahead briefing, The Advertising Association’s Year Ahead in Politics with Steve Richards, The Drum Predictions 2024 and more!

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