Why swann

When you are looking for a reliable business partner to enhance your senior leadership team’s capability, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. The Big Five generalist recruitment brands may be a safe choice, offering professionalism, gravitas and international networks. Niche firms that specialise in your industry can be more agile and may offer a more in-depth understanding of your business.

Swann provides the best of both worlds.

We have the critical mass and reach to support global projects, and the sector focus to provide highly relevant insights and expertise. Globally recognised organisations choose to work with Swann because:

We are specialists in executive search and advisory services for natural resources

We concentrate on the sectors we know and understand. These include mining, oil & gas, and related services such as industrials, engineering, energy, renewables, infrastructure and technology.

This tight focus means we have an in-depth understanding of your business, your operating environment and your challenges.

We invest in thought leadership that will benefit the wider industry and our clients in particular. Our advice and the way we work is continuously scrutinised against, and informed by our ongoing research programme.

We have a global reach…

Our global team includes 11 different nationalities based in five continents.

This means we can:

  • provide 24-hour support and fast turnaround times
  • recognise and predict global talent trends
  • access an international network of industry sources and contacts
  • understand our clients’ cross-cultural and geopolitical challenges
  • communicate with clients and candidates in 11 languages and understand important cultural differences.


We ensure we remain at the cutting edge of the issues and challenges facing our sector through a programme of research and thought leadership. The expertise we have developed in diversity, ESG and corporate governance is proactively applied to all client projects. 

…and a breadth of knowledge

Our international team is truly diverse in skills and background. Each team member brings sector expertise, specialist knowledge and a passion for helping our clients and our industry thrive and grow.

We are well-equipped to understand your operating environment and provide insight, advice and leadership solutions for the challenges you are facing.

We work in partnership

We act as an extension of your organisation, working with you through a process tailored towards the business results you want to achieve.

Sometimes this means suggesting an alternative approach and even pointing you towards another provider.

Because we’re more interested in long-term partnerships than short-term gains.

Our track record speaks for itself

For more than 25 years, Swann has worked with the most recognised names in mining, oil & gas and associated services, to support and advise existing leadership teams, and find the leaders of tomorrow.

Our track record of placing candidates in the most senior roles in natural resources, renewables, technology and infrastructure is exceptional.

And our results are remarkable.

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