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Finding the best Corporate Affairs professionals…

Reputation is among the most powerful tools an organisation has. It’s a driver of growth, a lever for regulatory change, an advantage in close M&A, and a winner of ‘extra mile’ discretionary effort for staff.

Reputation needs serious leadership, smart decision making, accurate predictive horizon scanning, and ultimately, exceptional talent.

How do you find that talent in a crowded market? Ithaca Partners provides executive search for organisations seeking outstanding Corporate Affairs professionals.

As well as the top role in Corporate Affairs or Corporate Communications, Ithaca Partners leads searches in the three main disciplines which make up the function:

Media Relations

The media (old and new) still has the power to make or break reputations. But the full media relations skillset continues to broaden. Today, it is as much driven by content and digital know-how, as by the ability to place an influential call to the Business Editor of a national paper.

Yet there is no time for mistakes – a media crisis now only gives organisations about 20 minutes to respond before the problem ‘goes global’ via social or traditional media.

One thing is clear. While fast, trusted, truthful, wisely-judged media relations remains the lifeblood of an organisation’s communications, those equipped with the breadth and depth to operate at the most senior level are a vanishingly small percentage of the overall media relations market.

Ithaca Partners excels at finding them.

Internal Communications

Internal Communications has historically been the ‘country cousin’ of the Corporate Affairs disciplines. Not any more. Now technology means organisations can ‘listen at scale’; internal communications can be used as the rocket fuel of an organisation’s change agenda and engagement with staff. Find me an organisation that wouldn’t get better productivity, customer service and financial results with a 20% more engaged workforce…

Government Affairs

Politics used to be a backdrop for business. It is now centre stage. The role for the Government Affairs professional in translating the political landscape for the business (today and in the future), and in shaping that same landscape for the organisation’s longer term goals, has never been more crucial. But finding those who are not ‘political anoraks’, and instead share the same strategic, commercial and leadership qualities as others at this level in the organisation is what differentiates the stars of this field.

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