Career transition and outplacement

Career transition for senior executives

Our Senior Directors Unit (SDU) is an exclusive global practice within Lee Hecht Harrison Penna that advises senior business leaders on moving to the next phase of their professional career.

Based in London acting as an EMEA hub and connected to 20 global cities via our ICEO network our aim is to connect or re-connect clients to their purpose, helping them assess future options and directions, and take a path that progresses their career in the direction of their choice. We work with our clients to develop a long term career and life strategy which will serve them well over many years.  

Our consulting team comprises experienced senior business people and specialist consultants with backgrounds in a wide variety of sectors and disciplines. Many of them have successfully transitioned between senior roles and are alumni of the SDU themselves. 

Clients become members of our community of peers and alumni with access to our dedicated, discrete office in Central London supported by our IT, admin and professional research team. We run regular specialist seminars and networking events providing relevant contacts and professional introductions.

Our specialist advisory services include image, brand, personal impact, social media strategy, network and headhunter advice, legal & financial information, psychometrics, interview skills, entrepreneurial, private equity and non- executive advice.

Our SDU leaders and advisors

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Frances Cook

Director, Senior Directors Unit
Frances has headed up the Senior Directors Unit since 2005. Prior to this she has held a number of senior roles, including that of Group International Director and Managing Director of Penna Sanders and Sidney, where she was also a plc Board member. Frances has held a number of non-executive roles outside the group in the financial, charitable and educational sector and is a frequent commentator on senior executive issues on radio, television and in national and specialist press. Her early career was spent in the retail and consumer goods sector in buying, marketing and general management roles.

Outside work she is a keen runner having completed numerous half marathons and marathons.
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Steve Osei-Mensah

Managing Consultant
Steve has over 29 years experience at Partner level in consulting and in the Financial services industry and continues to consult with international companies in Banking and Insurance, Industrial products, Pharmaceutical, Life-sciences, Energy, and Consumer products industries. He advises international teams on strategy, risk management, compliance, operations, and growth issues.
 
Steve has a particular interest in emerging market entrepreneurial opportunities particularly in Africa and currently serves on the board of a small number of charitable and Non-Governmental Organizations. Steve is married with two daughters and is a qualified private pilot in UK, US and Kenya.

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