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Case Study

Executive Search with Kantar

The Situation 

Kantar is a data analytics and brand consulting company operating in over 100 countries with 30,000 employees and over $3.1bn revenue/$480m EBITDA.

Following the $4 billion acquisition by private investment firm Bain Capital, Kantar transitioned to private equity ownership separating the business from WPP and embarked on a group-wide global transformation. Kantar tasked us with identifying strategic HR professionals from a diverse background, to support the shift towards a more data driven, evidence-based function.

At the centre of this was a desire to move towards a data-driven HR function by hiring strong analytical and commercially astute HR leaders with the ability to work in a fast-paced private equity environment.

Our Solution 

Hansen Filler worked with the Global CHRO, HR leadership team and various business leaders to attract a number of world-class HR leaders in order to meet the demands of the new ownership model.

In total, HF placed over 40 HR leaders in the Group. This was a blend of high-calibre interim support and permanent hires to support the business in its immediate and long-term needs.

Our Results

A highlight of key roles placed:

Perm Roles:

  • Chief Human Resources Officer, Media
  • HR Director, UK&I
  • Global Head of Talent Acquisition
  • Strategic Workforce Planning Director
  • Head of Talent Acquisition, Technology
  • Director, Learning, Talent & Leadership
  • Global Head of Benefits
  • Global Reward Director, Media
  • Reward Director, World Panel
  • Chief of Staff
  • People Transformation Director
  • Global Head of People Analytics
  • Head of HR Shared Services
  • Country HR Director, Germany
  • Country HR Director, France
  • Consulting & Client leaders
  • Transformation Lead


    Interim Roles: 

    • Interim Chief People Officer
    • Interim HR Operations Director
    • Interim Global Process Owner – Hire To Retire
    • Interim HR Director, Operations
    • Interim HR Director, Media
    • Interim Head of HR Shared Services
    • Interim Head of Labour Relations
    • Interim Operating Model Lead
    • Interim Reward Director
    • Interim Talent Acquisition