Monday, 19 January 2009

Ta ta to Tappin

Steve Tappin, who you'll recall is the jumped-up headhunter and co-author of the Secrets of CEOs, has engineered his first executive switch of the year - by leaving his own job as head of the CEO & Board Practice at recruitment group Heidrick & Struggles.
The Nasdaq-listed firm felt compelled to issue a press release on this staggering news on Friday, although it cleverly fails to clarify exactly whose idea the move was.
Tappin explains:"Heidrick & Struggles and I have reluctantly agreed that I should [pursue other interests] outside the firm"; while, David Peters, H&S's European managing partner, smoothes: "We are reluctant to see him leave".
There is still space, however, for the pseud Tappin to thank his former employer for bankrolling the book (the writing of which he describes as a "profound experience" - even though most City watchers believe the best bits were penned by veteran financial hack, Andrew Cave), before revealing that he's off to pursue work around his "personal specialisation".
That's a new career talking about himself, then.

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