Gay Haines

In 1993 I bought Kendall Tarrant. My ambition from day one was to try to take the business of headhunting into a different place. Alongside finding the best people, I wanted to try to add value to our clients' businesses.

Kendall Tarrant grew quickly and in 1996 we floated the company on the London stock market in order to raise the money to build a global business that could partner agencies around the world.

Over the next few years we opened offices in New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Australia (and closed it again rather quickly ...) and South America and Kendall Tarrant became the preeminent global headhunting firm in the communications sector. Grace Blue was created in March 2007 to look after the most senior assignments and candidates around the world. As a result of the support from both candidates and clients the company has grown very quickly and now comprises an extraordinary team of smart, loyal and hardworking individuals all of whom recognise that success is all about exemplary service for our clients and our candidates.

In 2013 we opened our office in New York and feel privileged to have worked on all the major CEO briefs and many of the CCO and ECD briefs since we launched. In the middle of 2014 our Asia office opened in Singapore.

In 2014 we launched Liberty Blue with all the same objectives but serving the younger future leaders of the industry. For me it is a privilege to work with the most talented of the next generation.

In 2016 I was surprised, flattered and delighted to be included on The Sunday Times/Debrett's 500 Most Influential People in the UK.

As Somerset Maugham said “It wasn't until quite late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say 'I don't know'". Not having to have all of the answers all of the time has been quite liberating.

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