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Phaidon International is the parent company of six award-winning recruitment brands.

Phaidon International, the parent company of six specialist recruitment brands, exists to solve one of the top challenges faced by organizations and business leaders globally – attracting and securing talent. As a global recruitment firm, Phaidon International plays a vital role in helping our clients navigate this challenge, finding the talent that will allow them to drive their business forward in constantly changing and evolving markets.

​Since Phaidon International was founded in London in 2004, we have played a key role in the growth of our clients, through a model of long-term partnership and in depth understanding of the markets we serve. We know that finding the best talent in the market for our clients is an essential part of their success and know that top candidates often have several choices when looking for a new opportunity. Serving in an advisory capacity and drawing on our extensive knowledge of our market sectors and clients, we strive to secure these candidates for our clients over their competition.

​Our integrated network of 12 office hubs globally allows our teams within each brand identify hard to find, and highly sought-after talent from a local, regional, and global perspective. Our consultant’s expertise ensures they can identify and deliver candidates with the behaviors, competencies and cultural fit needed to produce superior commercial results.

We believe in helping the clients and candidates we work with to reimagine their potential. Whether it’s supporting the growth of our client's team by finding a business-critical hire, or guiding candidates throughout their career journey, we believe in mutual trust and understanding built through long-term partnerships. This core belief defines our business internally as well, where our values of Ability, Loyalty, and Character are at the heart of our meritocratic and high growth culture. This model has allowed us to consistently deliver exceptional results and replicate our high growth culture in our offices around the world.

Phaidon International is certified with APSCO. This certification ensures we operate at the highest level of professionalism and are committed to best practice in the recruitment sector.

Company Highlights

  • 2004

  • 2005

  • 2006

  • 2007

  • 2008

  • 2009

  • 2010

  • 2011

  • 2012

  • 2013

  • 2014

  • 2015

  • 2016

  • 2017

  • 2018

  • 2019

  • 2020

  • 2021

  • 2004


    • Phaidon International founded in London, beginning with Selby Jennings, focused on financial services recruitment.

  • 2005


    • Phaidon International opens its first office space in central London.

  • 2006


    • Headcount grows to 25 employees.

  • 2007


    Phaidon International continues to grow

  • 2008


    • Headcount grows to 50 employees.

    • DSJ Global brand launched, focusing on recruitment in Procurement & End-to-End Supply Chain.

  • 2009


    • Best Financial Services & Banking Recruitment Firm - Recruiter Awards for Excellence 2009

  • 2010


    • ​Headcount grows to more than 75 employees.

  • 2011


    • First APAC office launched in Singapore.

    • Headcount grows to 110 employees.

  • 2012


    • Phaidon International is ‘Recruitment Company of the Year 2012 £5m – £50m turnover’ and ‘Recruitment Company with the most Sustainable Growth’ by APSCo

    • EPM Scientific brand launched, focusing on recruitment across Life Sciences.

  • 2013


    • Presence on the ground in Europe expanded with new office launch in Zurich, Switzerland.

    • First U.S. office launched in New York City led by Harry Youtan.

    • Glocomms brand launched, focusing on recruitment across Emerging Technology.

    • Recruiter Hot 100 award

  • 2014


    • APAC presence expanded with new office launched in Hong Kong.

    • Headcount grows to 225 employees.

    • The Growth Company of the Year – Recruitment International Awards

  • 2015


    • New office launched in San Francisco, California.

    • Number 40 on HSBC’s International FastTrack 250, ranking Britain’s Top exporting private companies.

    • Named ‘3rd Fastest Growing Staffing Firm in North America’ by Staffing Industry Analysts

  • 2016


    • Harry Youtan named CEO of Phaidon International.

    • Recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as ‘4th Fastest Growing Staffing Firm in North America’.

    • Two new offices launched in Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois.

    • LVI Associates brand created to focus on Engineering and Infrastructure recruitment.

    • DSJ Global is Best Procurement Service Provider 2016, at the Procurement Leaders Awards.

    • Headcount grows to 450 employees.

  • 2017


    • Named winner of ‘Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade’.

    • Recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as the ‘2017 Best Staffing Firm to Work For in North America’.

    • 6th Fastest-Growing US Staffing Firm 2017 – Staffing Industry Analysts

    • Sunday Times names Phaidon International ‘Number 1 Best Company to Work For’.

    • Phaidon International North America recognized as ‘National Best & Brightest’ employer

  • 2018


    • Investment by Quilvest Private Equity, who support our continued global expansion and headcount growth. 

    • Phaidon International recognized as 13th largest direct hire firm globally by Staffing Industry Analysts.

    • London headquarters doubles in size with office expansion to accommodate continued growth.

    • Two new offices launched in Dallas, Texas and Berlin, Germany

    • Named 11th Most Socially Engaged staffing firm globally by LinkedIn

  • 2019


    • Our 6th US – based office is launched in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    • Phaidon International listed on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America list.

    • Phaidon International named by Staffing Industry Analysts as a Best Staffing Firm to Work for 2019, and ranked as 6th Fastest Growing Staffing Firm in North America.

    • Phaidon International named a Best and Brightest Company to Work for in the Nation 2019

    • Headcount grows to 900 employees globally.

    • Selby Jennings wins Best Hedge Fund Recruiter award, presented by HFM Week.

  • 2020


    • Phaidon International opened an office in Los Angeles, CA, expanding their service and on the ground presence on the U.S. West Coast.

    • Ranked in Top 10 Fastest Growing US Staffing Firms by SIA

    • Phaidon International named Best Leadership Team and Best Professional Development 2020 by Comparably

    • Phaidon International named National Best and Brightest Company to Work for 2020

    • Selby Jennings named Best Executive Search Firm by the HFM US Services Awards 2020

    • Phaidon International named TIARA 2020 finalist for International Recruitment Company of the Year

    • Phaidon International ranked by SIA on their Largest Direct Hire Firms in the US 2020...

  • 2021


    • Specialist legal and compliance brand, Larson Maddox, launches in September 2021

    • Phaidon recognized by Comparably as Best Company for Career Growth 2021

    • Phaidon recognized by Comparably as Best Sales Teams 2021

    • Phaidon recognized by SIA as a Best Staffing Firm to Work for 2021

    • Phaidon announces a dividend recapitalization in April 2021

    • BioNTech Recognizes Phaidon International as Key Support Partner for Covid-19 Vaccine