Corporate venturing arm of multinational media conglomerate
Global Head of Entrepreneurial Resourcing
Delivery of talent strategies that support international growth, acquisition and corporate venturing activity
Intramezzo’s client in this case study is the corporate venturing arm of a multinational group of media and e-commerce platforms.
The organisation had started out as a newspaper publisher in the early 1900s but significant expansion, driven by a highly acquisitive growth strategy, has seen the company develop into one of the world’s largest media groups with revenues of over £1bn and a major presence in the BRIC regions.
The group’s business model is to identify emerging markets that present above-average growth opportunities, where a strong market position can be sustained.
In order to support and drive this highly-agile model and its venturing activities, an exceptional candidate was required to join the main board and bring entrepreneurial flair to the acquisition and management of talent across the organisation, worldwide.
Under the title of Global Head of Entrepreneurial Resourcing and reporting to the CEO, this appointment would work closely with the Group’s most senior executives in the development and implementation of talent strategies that would galvanize commercial performance, delivering ongoing growth and share/stakeholder value.
Prior to Intramezzo’s engagement, the organisation had been trying, without success, to make this appointment for three years – working with several major headhunting companies in the process. With these avenues now exhausted, Intramezzo accepted this challenging international search – one which would undoubtedly prove a true test of our reach and methodologies.
The group is an exciting organisation at a compelling stage in its growth trajectory, but it also bears an intriguing duality: being both a well-established, major multi-national and, simultaneously, a highly entrepreneurial and dynamic business.
The role, therefore, demanded an individual whose own background, attitude and experience mirrored this rare dichotomy; combined with the capability to work both autonomously and collaboratively within a fast-paced environment.
Furthermore, with a remit that would span many culturally diverse group businesses, the Global Head of Entrepreneurial Resourcing would need to possess considerable international experience and be comfortable with multiple country responsibility.
The task for Intramezzo was to deploy a global search and find a world-class candidate who not only met this description but who would also demonstrate astute strategic and commercial acumen together with a track record of talent acquisition, management and retention at the highest level.