The impact of GDPR on the recruitment industry continues to make the headlines, but finding advice that takes into account the intricacies of the Executive Search process is much harder to come by.

No surprise then, that GDPR - What Does It Mean For Executive Search will be a key topic covered at the upcoming World Executive Search Congress on October 9-10 in London. 

We will start with Simon Stokes, Partner at Blake Morgan LLP who will cover GDPR for Executive Search from the legal point of view discussing transparency, accountability and liability. 

His session will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Alex James and featuring Helen Haddon, Founder and CEO of ComplyGDPR, Paul Mather, Data Protection Specialist at Dillistone Group Plc, Simon Stokes, Celeste Whatley, Chief Executive Officer of TRANSEARCH International and Adam Rasmusson, Director, Global Technology at DHR International that will allow the attendees to return to their offices with an action plan based on the experience and advice of others in the industry.

Simon Stokes: "The GDPR is seen by some as a threat to certain long-standing search practices. Yet executive search firms that prioritise GDPR compliance and can demonstrate compliance will be much more successful than non-compliant firms in both winning client mandates and in gaining the confidence and trust of candidates. Far from being a threat, the GDPR is an opportunity for search firms to differentiate themselves from their peers and win business."

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Key takeaways:

Five steps to GDPR compliance: plan; audit and assess; document; upgrade systems procedures and processes; train and monitor compliance.

Three crucial GDPR compliance areas for Executive Search firms:

  1. How do I ensure my search process is lawful?
    • When do I need consent?
    • How can I lawfully search social media sites?
    • How long can I retain candidate data?
    • What must I tell candidates?  What must my client tell candidates?
    • What rights do candidates have to their data?
  2. How do I manage my security, maintain confidentiality and successfully deal with any personal data breaches?
  3. Which data processors should I work with and on what legal terms?

Delegates from 23 countries have already signed up to attend the event - join them to benefit from the industry insights and invaluable networking opportunities.

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