Sailing Stones is the leading search firm for identifying top-decile Managers and Executives drawn from among the top-tier consulting and advisory community.
We have almost a decade spent moving former top-tier consultants from the world’s leading advisory firms into Management and Executive leadership roles.
Our platform, research base and subject matter expertise, have made us the go-to partner for top-decile talent and complex, difficult-to-fill mandates.
What make Sailing Stones unique are our three defining characteristics:
- Our candidate network is exclusively top-decile
- Expert marketers, we tell rich stories to attract great candidates
- True innovators, we continually align our services with the changing demands and trends of the talent landscape
Let us help you find your next top-decile hire.
Like our candidate and client base, Sailing Stones has a truly international reach. We have successfully executed assignments on every continent.
MD, and lead searches globally
P: 020 3195 8104
Frederik van der Zeeuw
Lead Executive Interim practice and searches in NL and DACH
P: 020 3195 8107
Anass Bel Baita
Leading searches in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and N. Africa
“Ben is a rare talent in the recruitment world – insightful, very thorough, pragmatic and as far as I am concerned has ‘hit the target’ each time! What’s more he’s clearly wanting to achieve a genuine ‘win/win’.”
“Ben is an extremely bright guy with a passion for matching the right role to the right candidate. I have worked with a number of firms claiming to do this, but Sailing Stones is the only one which has delivered on my expectations. From my experience, he builds trust with both his client and his candidates. His knowledge of the industry and of both parties in the interview process is second to none; on either side, you know he will deliver the best solution to you. I will be working with Ben to secure top consulting talent for my team going forward.”
“Ben was outstanding in helping me to secure my new role at Bacardi. He dedicated significant time and energy to preparing me for each stage, always making himself available for advice and to act as a sounding board. Ben was pivotal in my successful application and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone looking to move on from strategy consulting into industry.”
“I had the pleasure to work with Ben during the last two recruitment projects I took part in. Ben is very supportive and really takes care of the potential candidate – in that field he appeared to be one of the best head-hunters I’ve worked with during my professional career. He informs regularly about progress in the recruitment process, gives constructive feedback and is open to get one as well.”
“Ben has been extremely impressive in fulfilling multiple difficult searches with restrictive constraints. Each time Ben has understood the requirements and found high calibre individuals to fill the role.”
“I was very surprised when working with Ben at the wealth of high quality contacts he has within his industries. Of all recruiters I have used, Ben has provided me with the highest quality candidates and solutions to fill my hiring needs. He always has a very close relationship with both client and candidate and with me always delivered beyond my expectations. A breath of fresh air in what is clearly a highly competitive business.”
“Sailing Stones fronted a truly exciting role that I have just started. They were very helpful throughout the interview process – responded quickly and gave honest and clear feedback. They also gave me time to think without pushing once an offer was issued. Dealing with Sailing Stones was a really positive experience.”
“Sailing Stones proved themselves to be a tenacious and diligent partner in often opaque markets. They made the process navigable and purposeful by making the right connections with the right people and approached all matters with a high degree of professionalism. Their commitment to securing the best outcomes for all parties was refreshing and made it a pleasure working together.”
“Sailing Stones are great recruiters who take the time to get know candidates and understand their interests and skills. They have been extremely supportive throughout the recruitment process. Their guidance around interview preparation was very valuable and they were excellent at keeping me informed about any developments and changes throughout the process. I strongly recommend their work!”
“I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Sailing Stones. They are true professionals – always top of the detail while always focussed on achieving the best outcome, and very nice guys as well! Highly recommended.”
“One of the most diligent recruiters we have worked with. Their understanding of the roles and our business is good, and reflected in the quality of candidates.”
“Sailing Stones have impressed me with their determination to find a solution to me within the parameters of the search. They delivered very high quality, displayed high integrity and will be used by me again.”
“Sailing Stones delivered a high quality set of candidates in a timely manner to support ABF in filling the role of Business Development Manager”.
“Kunaal placed me in a unique role early this year. He was very professional and honest in the way he conducted my placement and understood the key issues which revolved around my career ambitions over the long-term. What is interesting about Kunaal is the way he gains an insight into your thinking and provides the pros and cons helping you make an informed decision; he is never pushy (unlike other firms in the market) and ensures he not only looks after his client’s interest but also the candidate’s which is a rare trait. From my experience of working with him, he demonstrated a hard work attitude while maintaining a friendly/personal approach to me which was welcoming for such an important decision. I would work with Kunaal again and would recommend his services to both firms and candidates.”
In the last few years, Recruitment consultants have developed a negative reputation in a fiercely competitive environment. In my experiences with a number of consultants, Kunaal has stood out head and shoulders above the rest. His key ability is developing relationships on both sides, client and candidate, and using a wide array of skills to place candidates in the right role with the right client. Above all, he is a trustworthy individual which counts for so much in the industry he works in. I continue to speak with him and I would recommend him to any client or candidate.
I have worked with Ben and his team for many years as both a candidate and hiring manager. His knowledge of – and network within – the strategy space are up there with the very best. A thoroughly professional level of service and one that is focused on the longer-term.