Sarah Owens has stepped down from her role as managing director at Direct Recruitment, the company she founded over 30 years ago and one of the first recruitment consultancies dedicated to the direct marketing sector.
A highly respected figure within the industry, Owens has also stepped down as a director of the business, and says she is “taking a step back and relaxing with some time for myself”.
Sarah Bloomfield and Becky Postlethwaite will take over the consultancy, and have become joint managing directors and co-directors of the business.
Bloomfield, who specialises in data planning, data account handling and CRM roles, joined Direct Recruitment from Marketing Stars in January 2014. Meanwhile Postlethwaite, who covers planning, account handling and integrated marketing roles, joined in October 2015 from Blue Skies.
Owens started her career at Ogilvy & Mather Direct in the early Eighties as an account director, staying six years before joining Salesline in 1986 where she worked for 12 months. She then joined the IDM as a senior lecturer before setting up Direct Recruitment on Poland Street in Soho in May 1988.
On LinkedIn, Owens wrote: “After nearly 30 years I’m taking a step back and relaxing with some time for myself.
“I trust Sarah and Becky to take Direct Recruitment forward as they share my values and commitment to providing the absolute best recruitment consultancy service and advice to our clients. Both are very experienced.
“I have really enjoyed my time running Direct Recruitment – I have been incredibly lucky to work with some wonderful clients, candidates and colleagues in a job that I love.”
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