tml Partners appoint new Group Head of Marketing and Business Development for Blackrock Expert Services, a Duff & Phelps Company

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Blackrock Expert Services are known worldwide as one of the world’s leading, and foremost legal consultancies, providing expert advice and guidance around some of the world’s most complex disputes and cases. This has led to the group being revered as the world’s preeminent and foremost leader of expert witness and expert testimony consultancy services at trial.

With international clients facing complex challenges, risk and uncertainty, and disagreements and disputes, Blackrock Expert Services bring together the world’s leading experts across construction, technology, accounting and financial services to provide independent, expert advice their clients can rely on.

Founded in 2004, and unifying four specialist brands, in 2020 the group took the next step of its impressive growth journey by joining one of the world’s leading valuation, corporate finance, investigations, cyber and regulatory consulting firms, Duff and Phelps. Alongside the global leader in risk solutions and technology, Kroll, the group now comprises over 4000 professionals in 25 countries, supporting both private and public sector organisations, governments, law firms and investment organisations such as private equity firms.

David Price of tml Partners was appointed to lead the search for a brand-new Head of Marketing and Business Development to join the group. With continued investment in the firm’s international growth, this exciting grass roots remit was created to lead the existing marketing and business development team, develop a best practice infrastructure and go to market strategy, whilst supporting the firm’s ambitious plans to expand internationally.

Working closely with the firm’s COO Michael Cauter, David was able to swiftly provide intelligence and insight into the firm’s direct and indirect competitor landscape, having built up an enviable network across both the legal and risk consulting verticals. Despite being in the midst of a global pandemic with job seekers confidence at an all time low, David was able to provide an extensive, highly targeted and interviewed shortlist of senior marketing and BD talent within a matter of weeks, from not only across the legal consulting sector, but also wider professional services where intermediary marketing was at the core of the firm’s go to market proposition, and also benchmark this against best practice from other sectors that marketed towards the legal sector. 

“We recently partnered with David Price at tml Partners to appoint a Head of Marketing and Business Development for Blackrock Expert Services Group. Right from the start, David demonstrated a clear and insightful understanding of our market, and was able to help us accurately benchmark against our competitors and wider industry, in what was a critical new hire for the business. This not only gave us the confidence we were hiring at the right level, but were also speaking to the best possible talent for the firm. With an incredibly high calibre shortlist turned around in a matter of weeks, we firmly believe we’ve hired the best possible leader for the firm with the help of David and tml. I’d highly recommend tml Partners to anyone considering a senior marketing and business development appointment.”
Michael Cauter – COO, Blackrock Expert Services Group

After a thorough interview process, the firm appointed Stephanie Koukoullis as the firm’s first group Head of Marketing and BD, joining from economic and forensic consulting firm NERA where she was the firm’s EMEA Marketing and BD lead. Stephanie boosted an impressive background working for market defining organisations across her career, including Norton Rose Fulbright, EY, and Boston Consulting Group, in a career spanning APAC, EMEA and the America’s.

“David Price at tml Partners is fantastic to work with. He took the time to really understand what I was looking for in my next career step, he took every opportunity to make sure that he was putting me forward for the right positions, and he offered some very helpful coaching. I truly appreciate the time he invested into helping me find the right job.”
Stephanie Koukoullis, Head of Marketing and BD, Blackrock Expert Services Group


tml Partners is an international executive marketing recruitment firm specialising in board level appointments across marketing, business development and corporate communications. David Price is a senior member of the firm’s leadership team and heads up the firm’s flagship professional and business services practice. As an executive head-hunter, David has led on board-level marketing and BD appointments for some of the world’s leading legal, accounting, real estate, consulting, and IT services / technology firms, and is currently partnering with business leaders across professional services and B2B markets to support the best in class development of in-house Marketing, Business Development and Digital expertise.


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