Boyden UK Welcomes Preeminent Private Equity Experts James Hunt and Siwan Jones as Partners
Boyden, a premier leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 75 offices in over 45 countries, is delighted to welcome new partners and prominent experts in private equity & venture capital Siwan Jones, specializing in executive search and James Hunt, specializing in interim management.
Commenting on their appointments, Nick Robeson, Managing Partner, United Kingdom & Ireland said, “Siwan’s and James’ decision to join Boyden confirms the strength and success of our brand in the United Kingdom. They both bring an impressive, long-term track record in delivering strategically-based solutions to the unique needs of their clients, and are closely aligned to our firm’s culture of client-focused, cohesive solutions delivered through strong collegiality.”
Siwan Jones, Partner, Boyden United Kingdom, is a seasoned expert in global executive search, specializing in strategy and transformation talent for private equity and corporate clients. She was previously co-head of an executive search and interim management firm in the UK, and prior to that in-house recruiter at Google UK. Siwan has a multicultural, pan-European professional background, having worked extensively with private equity firms in Europe, at both fund and portfolio company level, supporting assets across all sectors throughout Europe, and also with multinationals. Her focus on strategic functional capabilities and transformational leadership enables her to support clients across a range of sectors, from industrials to healthcare companies and fintech firms. Siwan holds an MA in Russian and German from Queens' College, Cambridge University.
James Hunt, Partner, Boyden United Kingdom, is a long-term interim management expert with nearly 30 years of experience in recruitment. He specializes in delivering change and transformation programs for start-ups, hyper-growth businesses, privately-owned companies, and multinationals in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Asia/Pacific. His expertise enables organizations to grow and build value, and private equity firms to achieve returns on portfolio businesses through organic growth, mergers & acquisition, and capital events. He is a former Executive Committee member of the Interim Management Association (IMA).
James joins Boyden from a global recruitment firm where he was Partner, Executive Interim, Change & Transformation. Previously he held Partner and other senior roles at UK executive search and interim firms following a career in the British Army. He holds a law degree from University College London (UCL).
James commented, “I have known partners at Boyden for many years, and am delighted to join a thriving business where clients benefit from very close working relationships and integrated approaches to leadership needs. Given the current economic environment in the UK, international investors are eyeing up potential acquisitions, and the need for experienced interim managers will be crucial for many businesses. Boyden’s global connections, market intelligence and understanding of leadership needs in different business and economic cycles is highly beneficial. Private equity portfolio companies need a certain level of technical and leadership expertise that enhances rather than replaces key executives during growth phases. Interim management, with an expert culturally aligned to the CEO or founder, can make a huge difference in terms of cost, repositioning the business and knowledge share”.
Siwan added, “Boyden’s energy is impressive, with a very clear strategy built around delivering excellent outcomes for clients. The firm’s collaborative capabilities will enable me to serve clients across sectors globally, leveraging interim management and leadership consulting approaches that make a huge difference as businesses evolve, expand into new markets and deal with competitive challenges”.
Managing Partner, UK and Global Co-Leader, Interim Management, Lisa Farmer said, “We are seeing increasing demand from private equity, as innovation and digital transformation reveal extraordinary opportunities. Our new partners James and Siwan join a very strong, international team at Boyden. Our clients will benefit from their distinguished track records and reputation in private equity, gaining a strong competitive edge through strategic long-term and interim leadership solutions.”