Ian Symes

Executive Vice President, Europe & General Manager, UK

Ian Symes joined Right Management in November 2012 as the new General Manager for the UK & Ireland. Ian has more than 20 year’s business experience in senior executive roles, most recently as Marketing Director for Cisco in the UK & Ireland and for the company’s high profile sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. 

Ian started his career in consumer products including 11 years with the Electrolux group rising to European Marketing VP, before setting up his own strategic management consultancy that advised multi-national clients on local, EMEA and global growth strategies. Ian stepped back into corporate life in 2006 moving out to California to join Cisco as a director in the Services business and launched a new global business intelligence consulting service.

Ian is passionate about getting young people engaged in the workplace and developing their own new business start-ups. He sits on an advisory board of Brunel University’s Business School. Ian has an honours degree in Chemistry and Management from the University of London, a Diploma in Marketing and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.