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Ambition appoints James Ash

Ambition appoints James Ash
Ambition appoints James Ash to head Witan Jardine Finance & Accountancy and Global Ambition business.
Ambition, the leading Australian listed specialist recruitment group, recently announced that, James Ash has joined its UK subsidiary, Witan Jardine as Managing Director of its Finance & Accountancy business. He will also be responsible for the Global Ambition business operating out of London and Sydney.
Witan Jardine was acquired by Ambition Group in January 2008 and is currently in the process of transitioning to the Ambition brand. Witan Jardine is a highly respected mid size business founded in the UK 30 years ago. The Global Ambition business works with clients in offshore financial centres as well as traditional and emerging markets across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.
Founded in 1999, Ambition brings international reach to Witan Jardine, with market-leading operations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Ash will be responsible for the development of the UK Finance and Accountancy business. Whilst capitalising on the strong existing relationships within the accountancy, legal, property and media sectors, Ash intends to expand the business' coverage in sectors such as Energy, Telecoms, Retail and FMCG. He will also drive the candidate sharing links across the group with a particular focus on the traditional flow of finance professionals from the southern hemisphere to the UK.
Guy Day, Regional Managing Director of Ambitions UK and Asia business commented, We are delighted to have attracted an individual of James experience and calibre. Were not only confident of his ability to make a swift impact on Ambitions UK operations but the significant value he will add to the wider Group in the years ahead
Ash added,
"Whilst London has faced challenging market conditions recently, we have come through the worst of the downturn and are now experiencing a significant uplift in new business. We are recruiting across the business and still have a number of opportunities in our core markets working with established clients on a 'warm desk'."
The increasing integration of the business globally is enormously beneficial to clients, candidates and employees. We are one of a few truly international mid sized recruitment firms and this gives us a fantastic platform to leverage client relationships as well as being able to offer an exceptional employee proposition which is allowing us to attract the best talent in the market.
The Global Ambition business adds a dimension unique amongst our competitors allowing us to work with clients on an international scale while offering candidates from around the world a huge range of exciting personal and professional opportunities
Originally from New Zealand, Ash started his recruitment career in the UK and was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Goodman Masson.


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