Marlin Hawk Group evolves to explore opportunities across Europe.

New appointment made.

Marlin Hawk have made some new appointments as it explores potential across Europe. It has brought in client partner David O’Toole, alongside Sarah Cullen and Omar Al Bakri, who join as principals reporting into managing partner, international, John-Claude Hesketh.

O’Toole joins the business from Harvey Nash, and will sit on the business’ Digital, Technology and Consumer (DTC) team. He brings with him over 15 years’ executive search experience, a strong background in technology and professional services practices and specialisms in digital AI, data and cybersecurity. Based in London, he will play an important role in the international business, led by John-Claude Hesketh.

Sarah Cullen, who joins Marlin Hawk from Spencer Stuart, also joins the DTC team and will be based in Amsterdam. Cullen’s role will be to assess market opportunities for Marlin Hawk across Europe, with Amsterdam being a potential location for a permanent office. She will focus on business development, and will also report into John-Claude Hesketh.

Omar Al Bakri, whose experience includes time at Leathwaite, Alderbrooke, and a number of global banks, joins the financial services team. He will also be based in London but will lead on the business’ Transactional Banking division across Europe.

Discussing the senior hires, John-Claude Hesketh says: “We are always looking for the most talented, well-connected and innovative individuals to join Marlin Hawk, and our three new hires demonstrate all of these qualities. We want to offer our clients the service no matter what market they are based in, and we believe the additions of Sarah, David and Omar will bolster our offering across both Technology and Financial Services.”

David O’Toole added: “I am delighted to be joining such a forward-thinking organisation, that gives me the opportunity to continue my executive search role, in addition to providing a leading consultative and advisory service to clients. I’m looking forward to playing a role in Marlin Hawk’s continued disruption of the executive search industry and believe we’re going to lead some exciting changes throughout 2019.”

“We are excited at the prospect of the opportunities that mainland Europe offers us, and are delighted to have such a talented senior people joining us,” said David Holloway, group CEO. “Our exploration of Europe as a permanent location will also be pivotal to the future of Marlin Hawk as we look to expand our business practices and break into new territories.”

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