Richard Putley 2021 Speaker

Co-Founder & CEO

Executives in Africa


Richard studied at Kingston University in Accountancy and Finance and initially worked in a Chartered Accountancy practice before moving into financial recruitment.  He has over 30 years’ professional recruitment experience, operating and managing businesses recruiting at the most senior level across Commerce and Industry, Sales and Marketing, IT, HR and Finance. Richard has previously held Managing Director and Director roles within UK-based international recruitment companies.

Having covered the African market since 2007, he brings specialist experience in the Telecoms, FMCG, Renewable Energy, Business & Professional Services and Oil & Gas sectors. In the last 14 years, he has been personally involved in a significant number of Executive level searches across the Continent recently completing a Search for a CEO for a leading Telecoms provider, Group CFO for a FTSE250 FMCG company in Nigeria, Group CFO for a Mining Services company in Ghana, and COO for an Oil Services Company in Nigeria.  He also specialises in the identification of senior leaders required by Private Equity, African focused funds and Venture Capital investors for their portfolio companies, identifying in both operational and Chair/NED/Advisory positions.  In addition, in 2020 he was responsible for the securing of both the CEO and COO for the AVCA.

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