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Two Major Developments at Norrie Johnston Recruitment


Global executive search and interim management firm, Norrie Johnston Recruitment (NJR), has announced two major developments. Rex Cridland, who has been with the firm for five years, has been promoted to Managing Director and Daryl Stickland is joining the company as a new Director, where he will lead the firm’s Non-Executive Director (NED) & Chairman practice.

Since joining NJR in 2014, Rex has helped build both sides of the business. He has expanded its portfolio of clients and helped the firm win major contracts in over 20 countries.

One of Rex’s first moves as MD is the appointment of Daryl Stickland. Daryl will work right across NJR’s rapidly expanding business but, in particular, will head up its practice which supplies NEDs, independent Directors and Chairmen for both public and private markets, including private equity and venture capital portfolios.

Daryl, who is also an Ambassador for the Institute of Directors in the UK, has an extensive international network thanks to over 15 years’ experience in senior recruitment, finding executive talent for business critical positions in growth-minded organisations, as well as exceptional non-executives. He has filled both UK and international roles, working across an array of sectors including financial services, IT and technology, pharma, manufacturing, FMCG, not-for-profit and even professional sport.

Prior to joining NJR, Daryl was a Senior Partner and Board member of CNA International Executive Search, a global executive search business, and subsidiary of the c.1£bn turnover PE backed Pertemps Network Group.

Part of NJR’s success is down to its team having real-world business experience.  Daryl fits this mould perfectly, having also had a non-recruitment career, which involved EMEA finance and commercial roles for global US & UK corporations.

Commenting on his own promotion and Daryl’s appointment Rex Cridland says:

“I’m extremely pleased to be leading the team at NJR and to have Daryl join us at such an exciting time. Whether you’re a blue chip multinational or a specialist SME, your success is hugely determined by having the right senior talent in position just when you need them – people who truly fit, will deliver and add value.  For this, you don’t just need a firm which understands executive search, you also need a firm which absolutely understands the world of business.

“Daryl ticks both boxes brilliantly, and his track record is testament to this. During his career he has recruited for both large global businesses and ambitious SMEs, helping them achieve their strategic plans and growth objectives. He has helped companies find critical talent to deliver turnarounds, expansion, build shareholder value and execute exits.  He will be an invaluable asset to our clients.”

Daryl Stickland adds:

“I’m very excited to be joining the team at Norrie Johnston Recruitment and to be working with such a capable and experienced Board. The firm’s attitude and approach absolutely fit with my own. I’m looking forward to drawing on my experience, knowledge and global contacts to further develop the company and deliver for its clients.”

Norrie Johnston Recruitment specialises in filling senior permanent and interim executive roles, using a mix of technology and traditional search, employing best of breed recruiters who have real-world business experience. This combination of technology-enabled, top recruiters, together with its senior executive experience, allows the agency to provide a shortlist of hand-picked senior interim candidates within 2-4 days. For permanent executive level roles including NEDs, Independent Directors and Chairmen, the timeframe from brief to shortlist can be as little as 14 days.

Norrie Johnston Recruitment supports UK and international briefs across all industries, including financial services, manufacturing & industrial, IT & Telecoms, Retail/FMCG and professional services sectors.


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