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Odgers Interim expands financial & professional services practice with two appointments

Odgers Interim has expanded its financial & professional services practice with consultants Anna Piatnoczka and Becky Mackarel.

Both consultants will place senior interim managers in roles across senior leadership divisions. Piatnoczka will work with firms in the investment banking, consumer finance and private banking space, whilst Mackarel’s focus will be in professional services and buy-side. Their remits will cover the full spectrum of senior interim roles including the C-suite, director level and programme directors for change and transformation projects.

Mackarel said: “Financial services firms – who are increasingly navigating a web of regulatory changes – are looking for interims who can bring both in-depth regulatory knowledge and technical acumen to the table. From a professional services perspective, we’re seeing a real shake up of the legal world, with new entrants into the market and clients demanding more from their chosen panel law firms. Many in the sector are seeking innovative solutions to meet their clients’ requirements and deliver growth strategies for their firms. Interim managers who can support law firms through these periods of change are highly sought-after as a result.”

Mackarel joins Odgers Interim from SSQ, where she was an associate director and head of the firm’s interim solutions practice. Prior to SSQ, she set up and led the interim solutions product for global recruitment business, Hydrogen Group. She brings over 14 years’ financial and legal head hunting experience to Odgers Interim.

Piatnoczka added, “In addition to the traditional ‘gap management’ roles, there is a lot of demand for skills in M&A, major technology implementation and business transformation across financial services firms. Much of the sector is still grappling with problems associated with legacy systems, at the same time as fending off challenger banks who are taking an increasingly larger slice of the pie. Both factors are driving demand for senior professionals who can offer a blend of strategic direction and hands-on implementation. The sector as a whole is also seeing a growing need for regulatory and compliance specialists to meet the needs of major change and transformation programmes.”

Prior to joining Odgers Interim, Piatnoczka was the head of interim & search at The JM Group, specialising in IT and business transformation covering the financial & professional services and IT industries. Anna boasts over 20 years’ experience in senior talent acquisition and comes equipped with the full breadth of business and leadership expertise, having set up and managed her own fund management company, The Onyx Group.

Both consultants will be working with Paul Smith, partner and head of the financial and professional services practice at Odgers Interim.

Smith commented, “With a growing number of legislative reviews and new frameworks, financial and professional services firms are looking for flexible expertise that is able to get them up to speed in an increasingly complex regulatory environment.  Firms are also trying to balance Brexit instability with the need to complete projects.  An interim appointment provides these organisations with the ability to operate as business as usual without committing to a permanent hire in such an uncertain period.”

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