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Russam GMS appoints director of financial services to drive growth

In his new role, Flagg plans to significantly grow Russam’s presence in financial services, with a particular focus on retail financial services.

Working with some of the leading names in financial services, he will be placing highly experienced interims and executives across all disciplines to work in the UK and in overseas financial services markets to meet growing client demand.

Flagg joins from Interim Partners, where he was a senior consultant in the financial and professional services practice. He has previously worked at Hamilton Blake, Goodman Masson, Nigel Lynn and Reed.

A highly experienced board adviser with almost 15 years of senior level experience, Flagg has an extensive network of clients and professional interim executives. His clients have included the Bank of England, Aldermore Bank, Shawbrook Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, JP Morgan, Close Brothers, RSA, Family Investments and Saffron Building Society.

He has a track record of placing interims and senior executives in a range of roles including COOs, CROs, change directors and heads of function across the spectrum.

Commenting on his new role Flagg said, “The financial services market is going through a period of major change right, which is a fall out from the financial crisis. Interim executives have a key role to play delivering crucial elements of change programmes.

“We’re seeing strong demand for specialists skilled in risk and compliance, business strategy, regulatory compliance, transformation and digital channel expertise, as well as interims experienced in launching new products to help financial institutions enter into a growth phase.”

“Russam GMS has a fantastic reputation for building long term and mutually beneficial relationships with clients and interims – which mirrors my values and ethics to build a successful financial services practice.”

Ian Joseph, managing director, Russam GMS commented, “Antony has ambitious plans to accelerate our growth in financial services and maximise new business opportunities in the UK and overseas markets. He has many years’ experience working at the highest levels, is recognised by his peers as being a star player in the industry so he will be a real asset to us. We’re confident that under his leadership our capability in this sector will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Jason Atkinson, managing director, Russam GMS added,“Antony is one of the most networked professionals in the Financial Services industry across executive search and interim management. He is committed to delivering the highest standards of compliance to clients – which will be predominantly in the banking sector. I’m thrilled that he joined us and I can’t wait to introduce him to our Financial Services clients.”

Prior to his career in Financial Services, Flagg worked for six years as an accountant with Wembley Football Stadium, Omnicom and News International.


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