The industry standard for board level appointments.
The Zygos Partnership was founded in 2002. We were the first search consultancy to focus exclusively on board appointments. Today we are the preeminent specialists in the field. Why the specialisation? Because the delicate task of finding business leaders at the highest level demands undivided attention.
Our judgements and insights are a balance of deliberate and instinctive thinking. The deliberate? Our structured, rigorous analysis and deep research and assessment, drawing on our knowledge and experience. The instinctive? Our ability to recognise true business leadership talent when we see it, because over many years of building boards we have seen it many times before.
Without imagination, intellectual rigour is barren. So when The Zygos Partnership takes the extra step, it is often lateral. In executive searches, we are never afraid of innovation in recommendation. We search with agility, and with freedom from restrictive off limits. Working across all sectors, we cross-fertilise between them, and cultivate the rising generation. Because what matters is what works, and business does not work along neat, sterile lines.
The boards of leading companies are complex. So are the best directors. Bringing the two together is best done by a partnership dedicated to nothing else.
"An unparalleled dedication to producing work of the highest quality is central to the Zygos ethos"
“For me, the most impressive aspect of The Zygos Partnership is the quality of the client relationships and the way it always goes the extra mile to deliver outstanding service.”
“We care enormously about getting the right result for the business but also for the individuals involved.”
Evolving the boardroom
No search consultancy works harder to understand clients or candidates than we do. We absorb a client’s culture, assessing their needs, encouraging their ambition. We scour the world for candidates, exploring motivation, delving into character. It is a rigorous, deeply researched process, but also a highly enjoyable one. Recommendations become a matter of presenting advice to clients; sometimes quite surprising advice. Not bluntly presenting a shortlist. The result? The right leader in the right context, enabling both to flourish.
The people who make up The Zygos Partnership care deeply about doing great work for our clients. We are driven by our accountability to them. Honesty counts – we will politely decline work which is outside our scope, and always make that difficult phone call. We will take a frank, independent stance, because sycophancy has never helped any board.
Our discretion is assured. We never disclose details of the work we are undertaking. You will not find us in the press. Our placements are what make the headlines, and we prefer to let them do the talking.
“One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.”
“I would rather be a rebel than a slave”
“How can we know the dancer from the dance?”
“Very few of us are what we seem”
Our dedication to serving our clients is total, from pitch to placement. The reason we have a reputation among leading companies for work of the highest quality is because we focus so closely on our clients, not ourselves. We have become known by getting to know them, and their needs, so well.
Our completion rate is almost 90%; the best in the industry. Over 80% of our clients engage us in repeat business. To maintain trust, we simply deliver, time after time after time.
Zygos = Partnership
A partnership is what we are and will remain: an independent, entrepreneurial owner managed firm. Partnership is also how we work with our clients, our candidates and our colleagues. And we believe in partner – led search. There is no dilution of quality; the partner who undertakes the assignment remains closely involved at every stage, working with a consultant and an executive assistant in a tightly focused team.
Working with us should feel personal, familiar and increasingly like coming home.
We invite you to get to know us.
Of our clients engage us in repeat business.
Of the FTSE 100 ask us to help them find their directors.
The Industry’s leading completion rate.