Renaissance was founded in 2003 by Tony Willis, Ben Anderson and Sebastian Kayll when it was spun out of Renoir Christian & Timbers a boutique executive search firm, twice voted European executive search firm of the year. Prior to that Tony and Ben had been instrumental in building two of the most successful recruitment businesses in London; Harvey Nash and Robert Walters, both of which listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Today the company employs over 30 people across our two main offices in London and Menlo Park, making Renaissance Leadership one of the largest Executive Search boutiques in the Technology sector.
In 2018 the UK office was passed by the Founders into an Employer Ownership Trust (EOT) so that all employees are now shareholders in the business. We pride ourselves on the experience of our Partners and Research Directors and the EOT both acknowledges the contribution our longstanding colleagues have made to the business, whilst also providing a long term incentive to carry on growing Renaissance Leadership.
Sebastian and team not only took the time to understand our business and growth plans but also gave insightful advice on how we should think about our executive team as a whole. They went above and beyond during these unprecedented times and delivered both our CFO and CRO across our London and New York offices respectively. I would highly recommend Renaissance to any founder or CEO who is looking to scale up their leadership team.
Dr. Lewis Z. Liu
Co-Founder & CEO, Eigen Technologies
I have been working with Tony and Renaissance on executive search projects for high growth start-ups for over a decade now. We have worked together extensively and I very much trust his judgement.
Sonali De Rycker
General Partner, Accel Partners
Tony, thank you very much for helping us find such a wonderful person for our Chief Digital Officer role so quickly. I shall definitely recommend you in future.
CEO, Abcam Plc.
Please thank the US Renaissance team on my behalf once again. Your hard work in finding and helping us hire Garrick has been instrumental for our last quarters, where we've been consistently breaking all our company records. Couldn't be happier.
Founder and CEO, Transifex
Seb is as good as they come in the executive search world. For me he has been a great thought partner, an organized thinker, and has relentlessly pursued and achieved our desired outcomes. His sense of urgency and understanding about the need to hold a very high bar are impeccable.
EVP Global Sales, Qualtrics
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