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Executive Search firm Oliver Sanderson help British Airways take flight...

Earlier this year, Oliver Sanderson, an Executive Search firm based in London, successfully assisted in the appointment of Angela Williams as the new People Director for British Airways.

Natasha Makhijani, Group CEO of Oliver Sanderson worked closely with Alex Cruz, the CEO of British Airways to assist in the search and selection for the role of People Director - a Board-level position.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for Oliver Sanderson, I am so privileged to have worked with Alex on this assignment and delighted that Angela Williams was selected,” said Makhijani. “We can’t always go to market with the appointments we have made, however, we asked special permission on this significant hire, Angela is someone of tremendous calibre.”

Angela Williams, Director of People at British Airways, added that she was ecstatic with how the hire was conducted.

She said: “When Natasha approached me, I was delighted she facilitated the connection with Alex and the BA team: she’s tenacious and ensured communication channels were open at all times.

"I am delighted to have taken up this role and six months on I am enjoying contributing to the British Airways strategy and story for the future.” Oliver Sanderson Group PLC was formed in 2011 by Natasha Makhijani, from a one bedroomed flat to where it is today, an Executive Search and Selection firm with a Global presence. Oliver Sanderson recruits in the interim and permanent arena across Board level to Senior leadership from HR, Communications, Finance, Operations, Procurement, Commercial, Marketing, Digital, IT, Strategy & Business Transformation, with expansion plans include more sectors being added in 2019.

British Airways is the largest airline in the United Kingdom based on fleet size, or the second largest, behind easyJet, when measured by passengers carried. The airline is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport.

In January 2019's edition of HR Grapevine magazine, there will be a full interview between Daniel Cave, Natasha Makhijani and Angela Williams, detailing the reasons behind why British Airways turned to Oliver Sanderson Group in order to hire someone of Williams' calibre and what her remit at the world-famous airline will be.


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