We think corporate affairs is the most exciting role in any organisation. Increasingly it’s filled by intelligent, commercially savvy, empathetic, creative, resilient people who deal every day with the most contested dialogues their companies face – Covid, climate, inequality, you name it.
Great corporate affairs directors are experts in trust and step into this arena as ambassadors and catalysts for change. They are highly visible, they set the tone and shape the narrative for the whole organisation; the best performers become role models in their sectors. We are lucky enough to count many of the most successful corporate affairs professionals among our friends.
A few years ago The Economist ran their rule over traditional headhunters. They found that eighteen months after being placed, only 45% of candidates were still in their roles. Just think about that for a second – the sheer misallocation of time and resources. At Ithaca our comparable figure is 97%.