21st April 1993
John Murray founds Swann Global in Melbourne, based in Swann House on William Street.
1996 – 2000
WMC Resources engages Swann Global as a key partner to lead a programme placing several hundred key employees in their organisation.
A representative office is opened in Toronto.
Swann Global is the founding principal sponsor of the Melbourne Mining Club.
Bexton is established as a sister company to Swann Global, providing contract labour. The business was sold in 2007.
2002 – 2008
Alcoa engages Swann Global as a strategic advisor and search partner on the business’s top 250 roles.
Swann Global establishes itself in Asia with an office in Shanghai, with representation in Singapore and Hong Kong to follow.
A representative office is opened in London.
Swann Global incorporates a subsidiary business in Canada.
Swann Global’s headquarters moves from Swann House to the AMP Tower in Melbourne.
The Melbourne Mining Club hosts its first dinner in London, with Swann Global as sponsor.
The Melbourne Mining Club hosts its first event in Shanghai, with Swann Global as partner. 2013 sees the organisation’s first event in Beijing.
Swann Global upgrades to a central, globally accessible database.
We establish an office in Santiago, Chile, covering the entire South American market.
Swann Global’s headquarters moves to the IBM Tower on Southbank, Melbourne.
“Unearthing Wisdom” is published by Swann Global to celebrate our 21st birthday, providing in-depth interviews with 20 global leaders from the mining industry. Proceeds from the sale of this book were donated to charity.
Lorraine Meldrum is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Swann Global, having previously served as Managing Director of the company’s Australian business.
Swann Global establishes a subsidiary business in the UK covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
2014 – 2015
Swann Global is Executive Search Partner for the International Mining and Resources Conference.
2014 – 2016
We partner with Anglo American on the reorganisation of their Technical & Sustainability unit.
Swann Global, with partners Investec and HRascent, releases the first edition of The REM Report, outlining remuneration practices at the world’s top mining companies.
Our headquarters moves to the BHP building in Melbourne.
Swann Global’s UK business moves to new offices in More London Riverside.
We establish a representative office in Lima.
Swann Global first partners with Mining Journal on the Global Leadership Report.
We begin our partnership with a leading global supplier of corporate data to accelerate our search and consulting services.
John Larpent is appointed to develop Cygnet, a new business to sit alongside Swann Global. Lorraine Meldrum becomes Group CEO.
Swann Global relaunches as Swann with all new branding, to focus on senior executive search, board services, and consulting. Nona Sichinava is made Managing Director in October 2020.
Cygnet is launched as a site-based management search firm, with John Larpent as Managing Director.
Cygnet and Swann now sit under the Swann Group, headquartered in the UK, with Tom Harris as Group CEO and Lorraine Meldrum as Group Chairman.
Skein is launched as a strategic and change management advisory firm, with Tom Aldridge as Managing Director.
Swann celebrates its 30th Anniversary.
Swann founder John Murray is awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy