In the first of our #WESC2017 "Speaker Spotlight" series it is my absolute pleasure to introduce Simon Mullins who will open the upcoming World Executive Search Congress with a keynote address on "What Clients Say They Want - And What They Really Want".

Simon Mullins: We often hear clients say ‘get me the best person for the job as quickly as you can’, yet in truth, speed is not as high a priority as we might think, or at least, not the most important criteria. With recent pressure on leadership diversity, on globalization alongside simultaneous localization, and an emphasis on growing talent from the inside, the speed of hiring is impacted and the definition of the ‘best candidate’ is changing. Plus, these changes are also having an impact on the best method of hiring that candidate. Drawing on the ESIX Annual Benchmark Survey, we will discuss what we hear clients are looking for, both in their hires as well as in their executive search partners, and touch on ideas to get the best out of our client/partner exchanges. 

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Simon Mullins has been a recruiter and recruiting leader for almost his entire career. He even started a recruiting agency while a student at university. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the US (on both coasts), in startups and at a Fortune 50 company. 

He has managed executive search from 'the outside' as a Partner at Korn/Ferry International and has led one of the most advanced internal corporate executive search functions and a large mainstream staffing group, at Microsoft. 

After beginning his recruiting career in London, Simon moved to Hong Kong to recruit for clients in the technology industry. He joined Korn/Ferry in Boston and spent 7 years there and in Silicon Valley. 

In 2004, he joined Microsoft's Executive Recruiting Team, which he led from 2006 to 2012, eventually becoming Senior Director. The team became highly integrated with Microsoft's succession planning process and was responsible for all of the external hiring of the company's most impactful executives - including Board Directors. 

In 2013, Simon was asked to become Senior Director of Staffing of Microsoft's largest experienced Staffing team, serving the Applications and Services Group. In 2014, he joined ESIX: Executive Search Information Exchange. 

Simon is a frequent speaker at industry forums and was an ESIX Advisory Board member from 2007 to 2012. 

He holds an honors degree in economics and public administration from the University of London.

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