Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Practice

What We Do

Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Practice

The sector is facing unprecedented change and disruption which means that business leaders have to navigate more challenges, more quickly than ever before. Savannah is skilled at finding the leaders who can effectively lead through change, and enable businesses to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the shifting sands of the sector.

Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Practice

Our Expertise


Disruptive business models, intense price competition, and empowered consumers have defined the hospitality sector in recent years. With higher levels of guest expectations, organisations are having to think much harder than ever before about who they are, what they want to stand for, and how they articulate that to the world.


A rising middle class, shifting trends in ownership and management, new emerging outbound travel markets, and changing regulations continue to shape the travel sector. Digital technologies have given consumers unparalleled access to products and information, significantly raising the bar for the customer experience while providing complete price transparency.


Changing consumer habits and lifestyles, a race to secure the best physical locations, and more rapid delivery of new brands, products and service propositions make the leisure sector dynamic and challenging. Only those who can keep up with the pace of change will continue to flourish.

Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Practice

A Collaborative Approach

Being able to deliver meaningful differentiation and sustained growth in a fiercely competitive marketplace is creating new demands on leaders and boards.

Our collaborative approach means we are equally comfortable partnering with boards, owners, operators, lenders, and investors to shape their strategy and help differentiate in a highly competitive environment. Our expertise, knowledge and network in the market is both broad and deep, while our understanding of the different segments across these diverse industries enables us to anticipate market shifts and advise on leadership needs.

  • 70% repeat business

  • Access to the best talent across sectors

  • Fortune 500, FTSE 100, 250 and PE backed businesses

Interim Management

Our Team

Our team

Who we are

Our consultants have on average more than 15 years of search experience within each of their specialised areas, bringing unparalleled levels of expertise, credibility and trust among clients and candidates alike.

Access The Best

Major global search firms run thousands of searches a year, and as a result aren’t always able to approach who they want due to extensive client off-limit restrictions. Savannah combines the quality, agility and dedication of a boutique firm with the specialism and global capability of a larger search firm.

Top Tier Specialists

We focus exclusively on the most senior roles within our specialist areas, providing deep insights into your competitive landscape, and only approach who we consider to be in the top ten percent of global talent.

Immediate & Long Term Impact

We are one of the only firms to have a truly integrated search and interim offering, able to provide short term tactical and long term strategic hiring solutions. This provides clients access to the human capital resources they need right now, whatever maturity stage your business is in.

Beyond Borders

Your personal, specialist team, supports and searches globally wherever you have a need. Partners always conduct the work at Savannah rather than just overseeing it.

Successfully helped me recruit our CEO, delivering an exceptionally strong shortlist that provided real depth and breadth of choice. They are straightforward to deal with, honest and upfront with their advice and guidance, worked at pace and put the hours in to ensure we got the result we needed in the timescales we needed. A first rate job and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them again.

Hugh S C Morgan, Executive Chairman

The service they provide is second to none. They have taken time to understand our brand, mission, values and our requirements and they have always worked at pace to deliver.

Carol Muldoon, VP of Partner Resources, EMEA

They have helped with our senior talent requirements not only within the UK but also in the Nordics, Germany, Italy, France and China. They are results-focused, straightforward and easy to deal with, as well as being true subject matter experts genuinely caring about getting the right result for the client.

Stuart Leven, VP EMEA & Managing Director

Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Practice

Guiding & Challenging

Our deep understanding of different segments in the industry allows us to challenge our clients’ thinking and introduce new talent from different sectors in a creative and compelling way. Deep personal relationships with industry leaders, less off limits, and a blended search and interim practice gives us access to people that simply aren’t on the radar or accessible to other firms.

Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Practice

Specialising In Senior Appointments

In the past five years, we have made Chairman, CEO, COO and Managing Director appointments for clients ranging from FTSE 100 to Private equity-backed firms. We have also made numerous high-profile appointments at functional level, especially in Marketing, Sales, Digital, Trading, Commercial and Operations/Service. We host regular Boardroom Lunches for movers and shakers in the industry.

Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Practice

A Personal Service

We offer a high-touch approach where a dedicated Partner runs your assignment from beginning to end. They are ever-present, hands-on and personally accountable. So the Partner you trust personally runs your search. This defines our client experience and distinguishes from other firms. It has also allowed us to build up an enviable reputation across the Travel, Leisure & Hospitality sectors for successful delivery with outstanding client and candidate focus.

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