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Speedy Maternity Cover Recruitment of Pivotal Global HR Role

The Challenge

Lumata, a company focused on serving the B2B mobile marketing sector, had recently separated from Buongiorno and formed its own business entity.

Saskia Donald, global head of HR, was planning for her team to cover her responsibilities during her maternity leave. However, due to multiple organisational changes taking place within Lumata, this was no longer a feasible option. Saskia needed to find a replacement for her role within a very short time scale. The business needed someone who could successfully lead and manage the global HR function during a time of critical business change.

The Solution

Recognising that the role needed intense focus and a shortlist as soon as possible, Hudson suggested that a retained search could offer the best possible means to source appropriate candidates. It also suggested that an unbranded job advertising package would be ideal due to the necessary confidentiality and speed with which the advert could be placed.

The Result

Hudson HR’s consultant was able to provide an initial shortlist in a three day turnaround period. Filtering through these CVs and following initial meetings with candidates, Saskia was able to identify the right type of individual from a technical and cultural perspective.

One of the candidates was an excellent fit but a strong benchmark was also required. The consultant provided additional CVs that were of a similar calibre but, on reflection, it was felt that the original candidate best fulfilled all requirements. The client was therefore satisfied that Hudson had put forward the ideal individual and offered them the position. The role was accepted and the candidate is now successfully on board.


"Hudson quickly understood what we were looking for in a candidate. The cultural fit was crucial given the dynamics of our industry coupled with the business situation. In addition to this, the tight time scales made this a challenging project. We were looking for someone suitable to start in a matter of weeks. 

Hudson was able to source a great shortlist in a few days. The end result was the appointment of a top quality candidate. I was impressed with how Hudson’s HR consultant really helped me to see past the CV. She ensured that I only saw the very best people."

Global Head of HR, Lumata

Project Snapshot



  • Maternity cover required for Lumata's global head of HR
  • Due to a change in situation, this cover was required in a very short timescale


  • Hudson HR carried out a retained search to find the best possible candidates
  • An unbranded advertising package was also recommended due to the necessary confidentiality and speed


  • Hudson HR provided an initial shortlist in three days
  • After providing further benchmark candidates, the client was satisfied Hudson had put forward the ideal individual for the role
  • The position was offered, accepted and the candidate is successfully on board
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