tml Partners Supports The FT with Two Crucial Communications Hires

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The FT is proud to be one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for their authority, integrity and accuracy. In order to support this truly global outlook, they foster and encourage collaboration, mobility and consistency in opportunities throughout their regional teams. Their international teams are based in more than 35 cities, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Manila, Sofia, San Francisco and Tokyo.

At the start of this year Finola McDonnell, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer at The Financial Times, got in touch with tml Partners, she had some fantastic news that some members of her team were going on maternity leave in April 2021.  This meant that Finola needed to recruit two crucial mandates to the communications function, a Global Director of Communications and a Senior Communications Manager, both of which tml Partners were able to support on. Working closely with Finola, we were able to utilise our network to run the searches simultaneously.

On working with tml Partners, Fionla said:

‘We were very pleased to work with Tom and Naomi on filling these two critical roles in our communications team. They were as attentive and expert throughout the process as we have come to expect from tml Partners, and the search was fast, true to the brief and painless from start to finish. They provided a slate of excellent candidates for both positions and we are delighted to have Sophie and Mark on board.’

After a comprehensive search process, Mark Stainaland was appointed as the Senior  Communications Manager and Sophie Knight was appointed as the Global Director of Communications, both on 12 months FTCs to support Finola and the global communications team.

Mark is an experienced communicator having worked for international organisations across external communications and media relations. Mark has previously held roles at Springer Nature, American Express and Weber Shandwick.

Commenting on his experience with tml Partners:

“After meeting with Naomi, she put me forward for a role with a high-profile media brand that I’m now delighted to have just started a new role with. I got great support throughout the process, including help with interview prep and regular status updates. I’d highly recommend tml to others.”

Sophie has a proven track record working for international organisations in leadership positions advising on corporate communications. Sophie recently returned to the UK, having spent time in Doha and Hong Kong where she worked with Weber Shandwick, Qatar Airways and Grayling.

Commenting on her experience with tml Partners:

“Tom is passionate, energetic and dedicated to finding candidates the best role out there. Would happily recommend and use tml again in the future.”

tml Partners is an international executive marketing and corporate affairs recruitment firm specialising in board level appointments across marketing, business development and corporate communications. Tom Morgan-Harris and Naomi Hamilton are currently partnering with high growth clients to support the best in class development of the corporate affairs functions across the globe.



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