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Characterful headhunter and bon vivant dies tragically young

Shaun Springer, former chief executive of City search firm Napier Scott - and the man who foretold the financial crisis in a 2007 article for eFinancialCareers - has died after a long illness aged 57. Former colleagues and friends have described his long and characterful career:

"Shaun was a larger-than-life character," said Mike Goggin at Brookleigh Search & Selection. "He lived each day for that day." Shaun Springer built a "very high profile" business in the City during the early and mid-2000s, said Andrew Pullman, chief executive of People Risk Solutions and a former head of recruitment at Dresdner Kleinwort.

Former colleagues at Napier Scott described a keen intellect and bon-vivant. "We had a very enjoyable and successful time at Napier Scott," said one, speaking on condition of anonymity as he now works for a competitor firm. "We went out a lot and Shaun would often start the evening with a double-double whisky and large cigar before regaling us with stories about World War One.  He was always very good company and had a heart of gold."

Springer was educated at Stowe School before going into the City as an FX broker. He set up Napier Scott in June 1999. The firm was operational for 10 years before it was sold to Hanover Search in June 2009. Thereafter, Shaun founded 'Square Mile Services' a company whose purpose he described as defending the City against its detractors. He also co-authored a book, 'Private Beatson's War: Life, Death and Hope on the Western Front,' based upon the re-discovered diaries of a soldier who died at the Battle of the Somme.

A witty and entertaining writer, Springer also wrote several articles for eFinancialCareers, including one in 2007 which he foretold the financial crisis and the coming problems for recruiting firms in London.  

Shaun is succeeded by his wife and three daughters. On his LinkedIn profile, he described himself as: "Interested in anything that passes the time while I spend 80% of my free time waiting for one of the many women in my life to get ready."

Donations are being accepted on Shaun's behalf at the Starlight Foundation, a charity which grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children.

Links to Shaun Springer's articles for eFinancialCareers:

A day in the life of Shaun Springer, search firm chief executive

Guest comment: Back down to earth with a bang

Guest comment: The 80:20 rule and all that


AUTHORSarah Butcher Global Editor

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