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“I would have no hesitation recommending Cesium. Paul and the team were brilliant to work with from the start. The calibre of candidates put forward was exceptional, as was the narrative surrounding them and the role they might play within our organisation. Furthermore, the support provided to hone down what exactly the role looked like and, ultimately, providing advice on securing our preferred candidate and how best to approach remuneration and bonuses. All in all, a very positive experience.”

Alex Christou – Founder
Eight Lands

“We were looking to recruit a Senior Manager in the Nordics and with little detailed local knowledge of potential talent, I contacted Paul to advise. I was immediately impressed with his willingness to understand exactly what we required, and the clarity in which he set out the process and timelines that he, and his team, would employ. Cesium completed a detailed review of talent within the market, and, acting with some speed, presented a selection of candidates from which we could engage in conversation. We identified and secured our preferred candidate, and are highly satisfied with the process, speed, and outcome. I have no hesitation in recommending Paul, and the Cesium team, and look forward to working together again on our next search for talent.”

Ed McKenna – Development Director – EMEA
Asahi Premium Brands

“Paul and his team did an outstanding job for us. They took time to properly understand the brief, build the right candidate profile, and we received excellent feedback from the candidates about the pre-briefing and preparation they gave to those shortlisted. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending Cesium Group as a senior talent search partner.”

Rupert Younger – Non-Executive Chairman
Exton Park

“I’ve known Paul and Cesium for around 6 years and have used the expertise of him and his colleagues to fill roles at Finance Director and CEO level. In my sector, drinks, and I suspect in other sectors as well, Paul seems to know ‘everyone’ and certainly understands fully what the market needs. At Jeroboams I also used Paul and his colleagues for management and leadership team development with great success. Finally Paul has a good instinct for what a company needs, he is great to work with and I would say acts as a partner rather than a supplier.”

Hugh Sturges – Managing Director

“I have known Paul and Cesium for more than a decade now and can without question recommend Cesium. At MMI, Cesium partnered with us to help search internationally for a number of key positions at senior level up to and including Managing Director. Pauls people and industry knowledge , rigour of process coupled with time taken to deeply understand the functional responsibilities and outcomes that define success in role This is entwined with a deep desire and focus on understanding the organisational culture and fit. Many people say this, Paul and the Cesium team deliver this.”

Andrew Day – Group CEO
Maritime and Mercantile International (MMI)

“I worked with Paul over a number of months in establishing an Eastern European commercial office for our business. During this period I found his commitment and market insight invaluable in the process, He has a very open and direct style of communication. Due to his vast network within the FMCG sector, both in the UK and Europe, we were able to recruit a number of very high calibre candidates whom we would not have been able to recruit. I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul.”

Brett Keartland – Finance and Operations Director
Accolade Wines EMEASA

“Paul and the team at Cesium were extremely helpful in finding us high calibre senior talent quickly as we moved to set up the new UK subsidiary of Jägermeister. It was a pleasure to work with the team there.”

Guy Lawrence – UK Chief Executive Officer
Mast-Jägermeister UK Ltd

“We have enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the Cesium Group to enhance our FMCG capability, with many new recruits coming from established brand leaders outside of the industry, to complement the great experience of those that have helped us to build our business over many years – it’s proved to be a winning formula.”

Simon Doyle – Managing Director
Concha y Toro UK

“We have used Paul on a number of Beverage Alcohol industry searches. He has a comprehensive understanding of the industry and seems to know everyone in key functional roles across beer, wine, spirits, wholesale and retail.  Yet, in a challenging search for us, he found a great candidate from outside the industry who is a superstar. Cesium’s success is combining his network, industry understanding and focus on finding a culture fit for your organisation.”

Troy Christensen – CEO
Enotria Winecellars Ltd


“Paul Haslam from Cesium approached me for a very specific Commercial role recently which required a great understanding of client business needs, potential future development and candidates fit to the role. Paul and the Cesium team excelled at taking care of clients and candidates with great follow up and communication. Paul also contributed his great business knowledge to add very valuable insights to the recruitment project and the role requirements. He is also very transparent, direct and pragmatic to get things moving at pace.

My strongest recommendation for anyone requiring Cesium´s services.”

Jose Sedano – Commercial Director
Eight Lands

“The Cesium Group are head and shoulders above others operating within this space. The team there are fully committed to their through the entirety of project and invest time, care and attention to each of their prospective clients. I would highly recommend the Cesium Group and a special call out to Paul Haslam – who was a pleasure to deal with.”

Jasdev Rooprai – Revenue Growth Management
Treasury Wine Estates

“I was lucky enough to have been approached by Paul Haslam from Cesium last year for an International role. Paul is an exceptional professional, combining both care for the individual with understanding of their potential and fit to the role. He is also very practical and gets the role over the line. Finally, any senior recruitment professional that follows up as much as he has done deserves much credit.”

Ed Cottrell – Head of Category
Maritime and Mercantile International (MMI)

“I had the pleasure to be contacted by Cesium for a role. They guided me through the whole interview process and helped me prepare each interview with practical advice. They were very professional, proactively followed up after each step and showed a genuine interest in my profile and my person. I would recommend Cesium for companies which can trust Cesium to represent their company in a professional way, and tell candidates they can rely on Cesium to support them from the first interview until the signature of their contract. Special thanks to Paul Haslam for your support!”

Virginie Raucoules – HR Manager Germany & Austria

“Paul is truly remarkable at what he does. He goes above and beyond to ensure that you are not only prepared but empowered for our meetings. His communication style is not only reassuring but also deeply personal, fostering a sense of trust and confidence. He’s not just about closing deals; he genuinely fights for what’s right for both clients and candidates. Thank you for everything!”

Andrea Llera Palacios – HR Business Partner Spain

“I had the privilege of working with Paul when he recruited me for the position of Marketing Director at VIKTOR&ROLF. Paul’s dedication and expertise in the recruitment process were instrumental in making my transition into the role seamless. From the beginning, Paul demonstrated exceptional interpersonal skills, ensuring clear and effective communication throughout the recruitment process. He took the time to thoroughly prepare me for meetings, providing valuable insights and guidance that significantly contributed to my success during interviews.

One of Paul’s absolutely a great communicator. His prompt responses and efficient handling of the recruitment process showcased his commitment to delivering a smooth and efficient experience. I always felt well-supported and informed at every stage, thanks to Paul’s proactive approach.

Thank you, Paul, for your outstanding support and for being an integral part of my journey at VIKTOR&ROLF.”

Quinta Gelaudie – Marketing & Communications Director

“I had the pleasure of dealing with Paul as he was recruiting for a well known international spirits company. Paul brings an immense knowledge of the drinks industry and a significant network to the conversation.

Having worked with recruitment agencies in the past it is evident how Cesium stands out as a boutique agency from others.

Paul’s unique approach ensuring candidates are briefed not only in every detail of the role but also in their understanding of the company and culture to determine the right fit go beyond the usual scope. Always personable, straight and genuine Paul remains always focused on delivering for his client while getting the best out of his candidates.

I would recommend Cesium and Paul in particular to any company looking to use his services.”

Christian Eschenbach – Regional Exports Manager
Campari Group

“Highly professional and well guided me into my new position!”

Dominique Sikkema – Modern Trade Key Account Manager – Netherlands & Belgium

“From the moment I was first contacted regarding the Exton Park Vineyard CEO role, Paul provided clear communication, company background & information, profiles of the key personalities at Exton and insights on the business and people. This enabled me to build a full understanding of the opportunity, challenges and shape of the business, so that when I subsequently started and settled into the role I was already well up to speed and crucially, there were no surprises!”

Robin McMillan – Chief Executive
Exton Park