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Holmes Noble appoints CEO

Holmes Noble has appointed Donna Chapman as the company’s CEO.

Michelle Carson-Williams, founder and chair, commented, “Donna brings an impressive track record in consultancy and recruitment and has spent over twenty-five years operating at board level, specialising in sectors which are very important to Holmes Noble’s growth plans.

“She possesses the necessary credibility and experience from building and leading businesses to developing and guiding executives through growth strategies, which will be one of Donna’s first tasks here at Holmes Noble.”

With offices in Birmingham and Manchester, Holmes Noble partners with businesses to help identify senior-level talent such as CEOs, board members, senior interim and permanent leaders across various sectors including manufacturing, logistics, energy, infrastructure and professional services. 

Chapman’s experience at board level includes mergers and acquisitions, commercial directorship, HR, talent strategies and growth through successful leadership for listed companies, privately-owned and private equity-backed organisations.

More recently, Chapman was client development director at professional services consultancy, Wickland Westcott, working alongside the managing director to design and implement a business-wide sales and marketing strategy for their consultants and clients. 

The preceding eight years were spent at Air Energi, where Chapman was a global vice president for RPO, direct hires and technical search. During her tenure, she steered the company through the challenges of the oil price collapse in 2008 to achieve 171% growth across her regions as VP Europe & Africa.

Commenting on her appointment, Chapman (pictured) said, “I’ve had a passion for talent management for many years and the opportunity to assume the leadership role within a well-known and progressive executive search firm like Holmes Noble is the perfect next step for me.

“Over the coming weeks, I’ll be working with the leadership team to build a growth strategy focusing on expanding our professional and financial services practices, interim division and international markets.

“Holmes Noble has built a solid reputation for high-quality search services and with high integrity with both clients and candidates. The plan now is to take the company to the next level – developing new ways of becoming a true, all-round, talent partner for clients.

“Holmes Noble really lives by its values which is truly refreshing and which I am to ingrain even further as we implement our clear, ambitious and achievable growth plans.”

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