A start-up Sheffield recruitment company has shot straight into the big league after placing the new global chief operating officer of logistics firm TNT Express.
Sam Owen, aged 23, talked Ian Clough, the US boss of DHL, into applying for the vacant position – and walked away with a fat fee and a hugely enhanced reputation after Ian was hired.
It is a boost to Motus Exec which Sam started in his flat in October. Today it employs nine and has offices in Sheffield and London.
He said: “It’s hard to put into words the significance of Ian’s placement. This is, and will be, the biggest job in global logistics in 2014.
“Ian Clough will have full responsibility for more than 4bn euros of revenue and 10,000 employees.
“The two recruitment companies we were competing against have a combined turnover of over $500m and have offices in pretty much every country in the world.
“It just goes to show that a small Sheffield recruitment company can compete on the biggest stage.”
Sam, who grew up in Bolton-on-Dearne in Barnsley, worked for recruitment companies after leaving school.
He set up Motus, which specialises in executives in the logistics industry, because he always wanted to be in business and had “made other people a lot of money.”
Ian Clough. who is from York, later revealed he responded to Sam’s emails after he saw he was based in Sheffield.
But Sam said it then took “countless” phone calls to persuade him to go for the TNT job.
Ian said “Sam was critical to my recent move to TNT.
“After 20 years with the same company I wasn’t particularly looking for a career change but Sam was tenacious and positioned the opportunity incredibly well and kept the process on track.”