Shaper: Logan Naidu

Show aired on 26th November 2016


Logan Naidu

Logan is the founder and CEO of Dartmouth Partners, an award winning recruitment firm. With a unique “Classroom to Boardroom” business model, Dartmouth identifies future leaders and rising stars on campus and tracks continues to work with them throughout their career.  In doing so they help leading companies find and hire the best professional talent.

After three years working in the City for JPMorgan and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Logan co-founded his first business, The Cornell Partnership, at the age of 26. Whilst the business grew successfully, he found that his ambitions differed from those of his co-founders. After a battle with cancer in 2010 which coincided with the birth of his first child, he decided to take the plunge again and Dartmouth Partners was born. The objective was to create a recruitment firm that would operate less like a transactional fee-based business and more like a talent management agency, with the aim of building the most powerful black book in London. With the launch of a Frankfurt office earlier this year, the aim is now widening to encompass major cities globally.

In 2016 Logan was listed in The Sunday Times as one of Britain’s 500 most influential people, having previously been listed in the Growing Business “Young Gun” Awards in 2013.

Follow Logan on Tiwtter @mr_logannaidu.

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I think like lots of entrepreneurs you learn more about yourself as you get a bit older and, fortunately for me, I learnt quite early on that I wasn’t cut out for corporate life

I was thinking at the time about potentially going to work for the Church, I flirted with the idea of being a dancer – we won’t go into that…

The good thing about setting up your first business when you are twenty six is you don’t have a lot to lose

One of the big lessons learnt …we had built a business that was reasonably successful but didn’t have a plan and therefore to some extent there was no heart to it

Recruitment has a bad reputation, sometimes rightly so, but you know I really do believe this: we have the power to change lives

…the cancer probably accelerated that decision making process because you realise how short a time you’ve got on this planet

We want to build that kind of network from the ground upwards, so we focus initially on graduate recruitments and the brightest and the best coming out of university

One thing that I really detest about the industry is, you know, really trying to force people into jobs that they don’t want

You are dealing with people’s lives and whether they are happy at work or not happy at work impacts their family life and that has way more meaning than you putting a bit more money in your bank account.