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Russam GMS announces management buyout and plans for growth

The award-wining interim management and executive search firm has been in business for 32 years and is one of the longest established interim providers in the UK.

Charles Russam, who set up the business and served as chairman, will remain at the company as founder and associate Director for at least three years – working with clients and overseeing Russam business network activities, including running the NED Group events.

Russam GMS will now be run by Jason Atkinson, former managing director of Russam Interim and Ian Joseph, former managing director of not-for-profit business and CEO of Trustees Unlimited. Both have been with the business for some time and look forward to sharing the role leading the entire group.

Commenting on the buyout, Jason Atkinson said: “There are exciting times ahead for Russam GMS as the business enters a new chapter. Our priority is to continue growing and building on 32 years’ of success, but also to remain true to our core values of being reliable, open and trustworthy. We will also focus on innovation, which has always been central to the business – developing new services and recruiting more staff over the next 12 months to aid our growth.”

Ian Joseph said, “With the economy growing again there is a huge opportunity to develop the business, building on its success and the tremendous achievements of Charles over the past three decades. Jason and I are delighted to be at the helm of one of the UK’s most successful and long-established interim and executive search recruitment companies and to lead it through its next period of growth.”

Russam will continue to focus on interim management as well as its burgeoning executive search practice and other complimentary services such as Trustees Unlimited and Non Executives Unlimited.

The company will also continue to build its specialist sectors which include charities, government, financial services, retail and consumer, energy and TMT and expand into overseas markets through its partnerships with some of the world’s most prestigious international recruitment businesses.

Ian Joseph adds: “We are also a socially responsible employer and all staff are encouraged to take part in voluntary activities, such as being charity trustees. We plan to give our staff five days off every year to pursue voluntary roles.”


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