No ordinary executive search agency

We are built on a foundation of passion, dedication and delivery.

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QLM is an executive search partner that operates exclusively across Food, Beverage and Ingredients & Flavours.

We are an extension of the clients that we represent and we focus on building long term, mutually beneficial relationships.

We understand precisely how to connect the right talent with the right clients, finding people who are not just the best for the position but an excellent cultural fit as well.

Whether you want to recruit a new CEO or understand the talent dynamics in a specific market QLM's team of industry professionals has the expertise and the network to deliver.

Leadership Team

We are a team of proactive problem solvers.

We are committed to providing our clients with the best possible service, whether that means finding the right solution for their business or setting them up for success.

We are here to help you with your specific needs and work closely with you on the strategies needed to keep your business moving forward.

Managing Director

Seán Lydon

Seán is the founder of QLM Search. A natural connector and relationship-builder; for close to 20 years, Seán has delivered critical executive talent solutions globally to companies in the Food, Beverage and FMCG industries.

Prior to forming QLM, Seán served as Co-Founder of a boutique search firm where he led their Food & Ingredients Division. His ability to create lasting relationships with clients and candidates alike makes him a truly valuable asset to any business, or executive looking to transform their career.

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Senior Partner - Ingredients & Flavours

Paul Don

Paul has 20+ years executive recruitment experience, with an enviable track record of delivering international search mandates across the Ingredients & Flavours sector.

He is a well-known and highly respected search partner in the industry, his success in recruiting executive leaders across all functions, positions him strategically to address any client challenge.

A key figure within the leadership team of QLM, Paul continues to shape the landscape of executive search, blending experience, expertise and a commitment to excellence.

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Senior Partner

Andrew Gibson

Andrew is a business leader with many years of experience in some of the best-known, global Food & Beverage businesses.

As Senior Vice President for HR, he was accountable for the people agenda for an international business of $14bn sales and over 30,000employees. He has led many complex and large-scale change programmes and appreciates the challenges for companies in this sector.

Andrew’s strong industry reputation is built around his great instincts for people and as a commercially focused leader. 

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Partner Beverage & Dairy

Kevin Snowdon

Kevin has 25+ years of executive leadership experience, gained in both listed and privately held Leisure and Consumer Goods Groups.

During his career, he has been instrumental in the creation of highly profitable, multi-site businesses that have generated significant shareholder value.

Kevin is a trusted business partner, that truly understands the demands of running complex organisations and the talent you require to deliver world-class results.

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Partner - Beverages & Packaging

James Powell

James joins QLM with a rich pedigree and track record of delivering executive talent solutions across the Packaging & Beverage sectors.

James’s search experience spans over a 10-year period. He has successfully provided key senior management talent, including interim solutions for a broad portfolio of companies across the Packaging & Beverage sectors.

Throughout his career, James has consistently focused on delivering a best-in-class client and candidate experience.

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Head of CSR

Erin Taft

Erin champions and develops the ethical, environmental and community-minded side of QLM Search.

She is a graduate of Central Saint Martin's University and spent close to 10 years fulfilling leadership positions in the Education sector.

In parallel with this role, she is an active ambassador for “Forest School” outdoor learning and enjoys connecting children and young adults with nature.

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Head of Business Support

Gemma Everitt

Gemma's role is critical in ensuring that every operational aspect of QLM Search functions effectively.

She oversees a wide array of responsibilities, from HR and IT to Health & Safety and Compliance.

With her strategic oversight and meticulous approach, she helps QLM Search maintain its high standards.

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Phil Taylor

Phil is a seasoned business leader with over 30 years' experience in the Food and FMCG industries.

He has held senior roles across multi-sector businesses, including Divisional Managing Director and latterly Chief People Officer for a leading FTSE 250 Food business. Here he held responsibility for the entire people agenda across the UK, Ireland and USA, comprising 16,000 employees.

Phil now focuses on his portfolio of investments and charitable work.

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