Hourigan International moves on the creative class

By By David Blight | 5 October 2012

High-profile headhunting firm Hourigan International has expanded its remit into the creative industries, appointing former Fallon London client services director Lea Walker to head the unit along with one-time Plaza Films producer Edwina Speakman.

Hourigan International is rapidly expanding its operations here and offshore and the Creative Division is part of the group’s ambitious growth plans.

The firm has handled some of the more prominent corporate marketing roles in recent years including Telstra chief marketing officer Mark Buckman, NBN Co’s Kieren Cooney and McDonald’s marketing boss Mark Lollback. Walker joined last October and has been developing the Creative Division since.

Hourigan International chief executive Anthony Hourigan said: “We intend to invest strongly in this offering and develop it into a truly world-class proposition that underpins our belief in creative leadership talent.

“Game-changing ideas are impacting industries at speed, and switched-on business leaders recognise that if they don’t embrace innovation and creativity, they will be vulnerable to competitors or increasingly to external forces that can blindside industries. The way companies incorporate creative thinking will change their structures, their talent and their relationship with creative agencies.”

He told AdNews the benefit of having a creative unit in a firm that traditionally specialises in management, planning and marketing was that creatives could move across a much wider spectrum of career opportunities and industries rather than just between creative agencies.

Walker said: “As well as the traditional briefs, we are increasingly seeing more unique opportunities for our creative candidates. Because Hourigan International spans the client, media and agency spectrum, we are well placed to find new opportunities for creative talent and we can provide our clients with access to a global creative talent pool from a variety of backgrounds.”

Hourigan International has also been responsible for placing creative industry leaders including Publicis Mojo’s new chief executive, Joe Pollard.

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