Launched in 2017, AD EXEC International was founded in response to feedback from our clients that there was a need for an executive brand, working on a contingent basis, offering clients a candidate-led recruitment service.

We were quickly able to identify Big 4 trained CFO/FD level candidates on both a permanent and interim basis, who could be helicoptered into businesses with a quick turnaround to work on a project basis. About 75% of our client base are now PE-backed businesses who seek tried and tested blue chip interim professionals at the fraction of the cost of Big 4 advisors and often with double the amount of years’ experience in that specialist field.

These portfolio companies are internationally spread both in London and across Europe and range from £30 million to £5 billion turnover in size.


At AD EXEC International we back ourselves to get the job done right.

We leverage off our specialist teams' network in the market place, built from over 25 years of experience in the industry and don’t claim to use sophisticated matching tools and philosophies to source the correct candidate. We agree a time frame upon acceptance of a mandate, working backwards from your desired start date, carefully managing timeframes from brief, to short list, to first, second and, if necessary, third interview.  

Before we will work with a candidate, we will ask for two or three testimonial contacts to back up their CV claims and speak to each one about their various strengths and opportunities before presenting that candidate to a client. We meet all of our candidates face to face and have usually worked with our candidates as clients, who for years have grown up with us on our recruitment journey, all the way through to executive search.  

Internationally, we offer tried and tested interims with an independent career contractor mindset, who are much sought after in countries such as Italy, Spain, France, and Germany where contracting is not common and candidates of a high calibre are not available on a project basis.  

We pay and bill as needed in local currency and where contracting is not a preferred option we place FTC solutions without an inflated fee.

What our clients say

Our interims lead Carve Outs, M&A activity, Finance and IT Transformations, raise funding and restructure finance teams, as well as taking on more traditional line roles as CFO, Group FC, Director of Tax, and Group Head of FPA.

Furthermore, there is in the market a significant need for data. Those candidates at a senior level who are able to implement systems and collect data to better inform the business of their current position, are then able to implement more accurate strategic growth strategies. AD EXEC International provides interim Heads of Commercial Finance and FPA to assist the businesses in the production of sophisticated KPI reporting and board packs to satisfy the requirements of their PE investors.

In addition to seasoned interims, AD EXEC International has also gained a reputation for speed to market, with contingent permanent searches which are no less thorough and targeted but challenge the traditional ‘executive search’ methodology.

At AD EXEC International, we tailor our recruitment solutions to the needs of the individual client and our expert team is dedicated to the task in hand. 

Ann Radford (MD) is hands on with all assignments and doesn’t believe in hiding behind researchers, leaving the job to her subordinates.
What you get with AD EXEC is an honest service with no surprises at the end of the process in terms of cost, salary, candidate situation, and notice period.

Contact us to see what we can do for you