Member focus: Granger Reis

Member Focus / 15 December 2021

Granger Reis appoints new Managing Partner and Head of Technology and Innovation following rapid growth in 2020


  • Jamie Page appointed as Managing Partner to create disruptive and influential change within the executive search market.
  • Esmeé Vermolen appointed as head of technology and innovation to develop Granger Reis’ proprietary predictive analytics tools.
  • Appointments and technology developments follow rapid growth with 80% year on year turnover.

Bristol, 26 November 2021: Executive search consultancy for the real estate and industrial sectors Granger Reis, announces the appointment of Jamie Page as the company’s new Managing Partner and Esmeé Vermolen as head of Technology and Innovation, effective immediately.

The appointments follow Granger Reis’ rapid growth which has seen the company build its team by 40% from November 2020 to today and increase revenues by 80% over the last year. A transformational period for the company, Jamie’s appointment will further Granger Reis’ mission to create and drive full-scale disruption to the traditional executive search model, using technology to address the lack of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in executive placements and sustainable accountability within leadership teams.

Previously Managing Partner, European Industrial Team for NASDAQ listed business Heidrick & Struggles, Jamie has a thorough understanding of the real estate and construction sector. He has extensive experience in leadership, development and innovation, having previously led the company’s Amsterdam Innovation Hub. Granger Reis’ previous Managing Partner, founder Richard Milsom, is now CEO of the company.

Esmeé joins as Head of Technology and Innovation, which will expand Granger Reis’ current business intelligence team lead by Chloe Bush who now steps into the role of Partner and Head of Business Improvement. Chloe will focus on building a simplified operating system that leverages Granger Reis’ own internal data to drive business improvement and radically increase the company’s customer experience which presently stands at a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of +62, 25 points higher than the international benchmark.

Esmeé will be responsible for the development of Granger Reis’ proprietary predictive analytics tools which will mitigate the risk of failed placements and stress test existing leadership teams against future market shifts. She will also lead the company’s partnership programme, opening the company’s client base to third party HR and people technology businesses.

Previously an Associate at Heidrick & Struggles, Esmeé has a bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics from Delft University of Technology and a master’s with distinction in International Business from Hult International Business School. Her expertise places her in a unique position to fully understand industry issues, such as a lack of D&I and the increasing need to decarbonise in light of net zero commitments and develop the tools Granger Reis requires to help overcome them.  

CEO and founder of Granger Reis, Richard Milsom, said, “We’re re-writing the rule book as we enter an exciting next chapter in our growth. This evolution will allow us to champion authenticity by telling the inconvenient truths the industry needs to hear. Jamie and Esmeé’s experience combined with this new technology will allow us to do just this as we plan to shake up a complacent executive search industry that will better serve clients, candidates and the world at large.”

Commenting on his appointment, Jamie said, “At Granger Reis I want to help the industry deliver high potential candidates that are truly passionate about making the changes required at executive level to impact D&I and sustainability across businesses quicker than ever before. The real estate and industrial sectors require leaders that view these subjects as a priority and not a bi-product of success to make the changes the sector desperately needs in light of net zero commitments.”

Speaking about her new position, Esmeé commented, “Granger Reis is in an extremely fortunate position; as it continues to grow, it has the ability to be agile and reactive to the executive search, as well as the real estate and infrastructure sector’s issues. We will develop the technology that allows us to identify and progress disenfranchised talent which will allow us to open up new, diverse pools of talent and create the energy and passion required at executive level to make lasting change.”