New NW base will support launch of executive search agency’s digital team

Steve Dargan, left, and Jamie Page

Global executive search firm, Granger Reis, has opened an office in the heart of Manchester with the launch of its Digital Infrastructure Practice.

Headed by digital infrastructure (DI) leadership expert Steve Dargan, the eight-strong team already has a growing global client base, working with some of the world’s most influential organisations.

Manchester was chosen for the DI team due to its position as a fast-growing tech hub, attracting billions in investment and developing profile as the UK’s main data centre location outside of London.

The new office is in the Globe & Simpson Building on Quay Street and the sector expansion to DI will align with GR’s other core practice areas: Energy & Infrastructure; Mining & Metals; Real Estate; and Industrial Technologies.

Dargan, originally from Stockport, brings 17 years’ experience in the technology sector and moved to Granger Reis following a five-and-a-half-year tenure as Global Market Leader in DI with Korn Ferry, the world’s largest executive search firm.

He said: “Opening the DI practice in Manchester is a no-brainer as the region is packed full of incredible talent, driving the cutting edge transformations we need to see in this sector.

“Having a base in London also means we can connect into this markets both in terms of knowledge and people which, in turn, provides us with the best chance of helping clients navigate fast moving challenges across areas such as AI development.”

Granger Reis operates globally from its headquarters in Bristol and London office. The firm’s Managing Partner, Jamie Page, said: “Digital infrastructure drives all of our lives and Steve and his team bring unparalleled expertise to this arena.

“If you look at the digital footprint of the UK, we can already see that many of the data-intensive industries are based and growing in the North West. The Greater Manchester region is already leading the way outside of London in building the technology and digital infrastructure of the future.”

He added: “We’re excited to have a new practice area, new team and new location to celebrate at the start of 2024 and look forward to what the future holds.”

Digital Infrastructure focuses on data centres, towers and fibre and the Granger Reis team works with the world’s biggest tech, investment, and construction organisations.

The new practice is already navigating the impact of AI, as organisations grapple with the critical need for leaders to create, develop and scale new ways of delivering this technology sustainably.