Denholm Executive Search
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Digital, Diversity & Growth

Denholm delivers a wider, fresher, more diverse range of talent, geared to growing your business. We bring marketing principles to Executive Search by embracing digital and fostering diversity to power your growth.


Denholm have 15 years' knowledge and experience finding commercial, sales and marketing talent coinciding with the digital revolution. We have been enhancing our clients' businesses by sourcing the talent needed to expand their digital capabilities. And as a result, we know the best mix of digital channels to source and recruit the best talent irrespective of discipline.


A diverse workforce increases business performance by providing multiple, fresh perspectives leading to innovation and better risk management. Denholm rigorously assess the essential criteria and will help you achieve aspirational diversity targets.


Our heritage in marketing and commerce is fundamental to identifying candidates with a positive attitude to success and growth and enhances our ability to fill senior and C-suite roles with dynamic people across all the disciplines.

The Denholm Team

Meet the team: Douglas Cross, Nicki Denholm, John Denholm, Marisa Carroll

NickiNicki Denholm was the pioneer of specialist sales and marketing recruitment, and has developed an unrivalled network at senior levels in Scotland and beyond. She successfully launched and developed Denholm into a widely respected and leading player within the UK market for providing top talent in sales and marketing. She currently heads up the Denholm Marketing Recruitment Group, encompassing Executive Search, Recruitment and Talent Attraction.

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JohnJohn started his career in marketing at Boots and Scottish & Newcastle. In 1984, he co-founded the Leith Agency, which grew to become Scotland's leading advertising and communications agency with offices in Edinburgh and London. After the agency became part of the Cello Group, John joined Denholm Associates as Managing Director. He has been a member of the Scottish Arts Council, Chair of Creative Edinburgh, Chair of the joint Marketing Committee of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, was appointed Honorary Professor at Napier University, and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Scottish Advertising Awards. He is currently a Fellow of the Marketing Society in Scotland.

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MarisaMarisa has a wealth of marketing recruitment experience, and alongside Nicki, helped establish Denholm in 2002. Marisa has developed an enviable network of contacts and unrivalled knowledge of the Scottish/UK marketplace. Whilst Marisa has experience of recruiting into many industries, she has particular expertise in FMCG marketing recruitment, where she has filled a huge variety of roles for some of the UK's biggest brands. 

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DouglasWith over 14 years’ experience in recruitment, Douglas developed his career as a specialist in the Food and Drink recruitment sector over 9 years. He is responsible for the management and growth of Denholm’s FMCG sector and has built an excellent record of long term business relationships with clients and candidates alike. He works on recruiting roles from mid to senior management and also Director level search assignments. 

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A selection of successfully completed assignments by Denholm Executive Search:

  • Managing Director
  • General Manager
  • International Sales Director
  • Global Brand Director
  • Head of Digital Marketing
  • Head of Marketing
  • Head of Planning Global
  • Creative Director
  • Marketing and Business Development
  • Sales Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Head of Data
  • Head of Sales
  • Head of PR
  • CRM Strategy Director
  • Head of Search and Optimisation
  • Director
  • Website Owner
  • CMO
  • Marketing Director
  • Operations Director
  • Head of Consumer Insight
  • Head of Strategy
  • Head of Agency

Our team’s client experience




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