Finding real leadership is tough.

We put in the hard work.

Executive Search by Martin Tripp Associates

Expert Knowledge

50+ years’ experience in media, information, technology and entertainment

Obsessive About Delivery

An unparalleled success rate, from an unmatched methodology.

Global Reach

Based in London, we have worked on leadership roles across five continents.

Our Approach

A methodology that ensures success, with a six month guarantee

In a few weeks, we build networks that might take others ten years to complete. On every search,  we will talk to over 100 people to fully map the market and identify the best possible candidates. And then we filter that insight through expert face-to-face interviewing. We are so confident of our process that we offer a six month guarantee on every placement.

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ETHICAL, RELENTLESS, PASSIONATE, INFORMED

We always put our clients’ interests first, and work exclusively on each search. Once we are engaged on a role, we do not give up. We will only take on a client if we can share their passion. Our job is to keep on top of changes in the market so we can help our clients stay ahead of the curve.

We work across the media, information, technology, communications and entertainment industries. This means we can bring best practice from across sectors to your business.

Clients by sector

11%
Entertainment & broadcast
21%
Consumer media (digital, print, events, communications)
13%
B2B communications (digital, print, events, training, agencies)
20%
Data / information (including research and consultancy services)
24%
Tech / e-commerce
11%
Brands / corporates direct

Roles by discipline

15%
C-suite / general management
22%
Creative (editorial, design, event production, content leads)
23%
Commercial / sales leadership
18%
Product / strategy (product directors, strategy leads etc)
11%
Technical (CTOs, CIOs, digital leaders)
11%
Marketing / communications

Our history

Martin Tripp

Martin Tripp

Managing Director

After more than a decade as a manager, writer, and analyst in the UK and Africa, Martin became a headhunter in 1996, and established Martin Tripp Associates in 2008. As well as recruiting across all disciplines in the media sector, Martin has worked with a wide range of non-media clients on senior e-commerce, digital, and communications positions.

martin@trippassociates.co.uk

+44 20 7692 0530 • +44 7961 100 389

Matt D’Cruz

Matt D’Cruz

Partner

A former news editor, Matt has spent much of his career talking to senior executives across all industries. A founder member of Martin Tripp Associates, he has recruited across a huge range of roles, from heads of strategy and product through to editors and audience development leads. Matt became a Partner in the firm in June 2016.

matt@trippassociates.co.uk

+44 20 7692 0530 • +44 7796 326 764

Latest from the Blog

The challenges facing Thomson Reuters spin-off

 

The numbers look daunting

One of the biggest and longest-running media deals of the year finally closed earlier this month. Thomson Reuters has spun its successful Financial & Risk business out into a new company, backed by Blackstone and rebranded as Refinitiv. They’ve been making quite a lot of noise about it (including, excruciatingly, in a rap.) In doing so, the business has joined the likes of Acuris and Ascential in replacing a valuable and well-known brand with something vaguely techy-sounding but completely meaningless – both to the market and in English. While the new business contains many hugely talented people and some excellent brands (including the likes of Lipper and WorldCheck), dispensing with the TR name could leave it with a serious brand recognition problem in a highly competitive market.

From the point of view of what’s left of Thomson Reuters, the decision is perplexing. Anyone who’s been following B2B media over the last few years will know that the real long-term growth is in high-value subscription-based information and data products. While Thomson Reuters will retain a substantial stake in Refinitiv, it’s also chosen to reduce its exposure to this market in favour of its core editorial products, many of which have far less potential for revenue growth.

Refinitiv CEO David Craig has said that the divestment will enable them to invest more in products to compete with the likes of Bloomberg, S&P and Factset, where previously that investment had to be shared with editorially-driven products. But the new company is also carrying an eye-watering amount of debt – $13.5bn of loans and bonds have been sold in what represents the largest leveraged buyout since the financial crisis. This leaves the company vulnerable, and it looks like it will need to cut before it can invest. Blackstone has promised to make $650m in savings over three years: hardly an ambition that shrieks of investment.

Over the years we’ve interviewed countless individuals who have worked in fast-moving, entrepreneurial, innovative businesses that have been acquired by Thomson Reuters, only to find themselves frustrated at suddenly working within a huge, sclerotic corporate bureaucracy. The business does need to simplify itself and rediscover what it’s good at. But it’s a huge moot point whether Refinitiv can maintain the quality of its products while also delivering redundancies on the scale that is likely to be demanded. And without serious investment in new product, and perhaps in management, they could end up with a business that doesn’t mean much to anyone. Indefinitiv, anyone?

matt@trippassociates.co.uk

Martin Tripp Associates is a London-based executive search consultancy. While we are best-known for our work in the TMT (technology, media, and telecoms) space, we have also worked with some of the world’s biggest brands on challenging senior positions. Feel free to contact us to discuss any of the issues raised in this blog. 

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