Savannah Group Announces Leadership Changes

Savannah Group Announces Leadership Changes

28th October 2021

  • John Ellis to step down as CEO at the end of 2021
  • Katrina Cheverton appointed as successor
  • Richard Draper appointed to Savannah Group’s Board of Directors

Savannah Group announces that John Ellis will step down as CEO at the end of 2021. During John’s tenure, Savannah has grown to become a leading international talent business, well respected by both clients and candidates.

After a thorough selection process, the Board has appointed Katrina Cheverton as the incoming CEO. Katrina has been COO/CFO of the business since 2018. Katrina started her career as an Accountant and Consultant with PwC before spending ten years at Marks & Spencer in senior finance and operations roles. She has had a major impact since joining Savannah driving profitable growth and service improvements.

Savannah Group also announces that Richard Draper has been appointed to the Board. Richard has worked in the executive search industry for over 25 years and most recently founded, built and sold Rees Draper Wright, a specialist executive search business focused on the Professional Services market. He has joined to launch and build a consulting business for Savannah.

John founded the company with Cathy Holley and Vicky Maxwell Davies in 2002 and has led the business since that time. John spent his early career at IBM before transitioning into executive search in 1993 when he joined Norman Broadbent. He led and sold a start-up business before starting what is now Savannah Group.

Initially trading as Ellis Holley Maxwell, the founders took on the UK Franchise for Boyden in 2003 and built the UK to become the biggest and most successful office in the Boyden global network.

In 2017 the business re-launched under the Savannah brand driven by its clients demanding a more specialist and personalised service. The transition has been a huge success and has provided a great platform for the further development of the company.

John said of the announcement, “It has been a pleasure and an honour to lead the business for the last 19 years and to witness it grow from a small start-up to a leading international talent business. Savannah has a bright future and is in great hands. I have worked closely with Katrina for the last three years and I know she will do a fabulous job. I look forward to supporting her with the transition.”

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