Last week, Dillistone Group Plc (the publicly traded parent of Dillistone Systems) provided the stock market with a trading update which included the following statement:

“The Board is particularly pleased to note that our Dillistone Systems division has seen a notable improvement in its market performance after a challenging 2015, with significant growth in both the number and total value of new contract wins in the year. We believe this validates our decision to increase investment in the division. Product development has continued to be a priority throughout 2016 and this will continue into 2017.” – Details here.

Over 100 new clients signed up for FileFinder in 2016, with many of these firms switching from direct competitors – an example being this one or this one.

We successfully completed the largest single FileFinder upgrade in our 30 year history while upgrading many, many more clients from legacy releases. Examples here and here. Dozens more testimonials may be found here.

In 2016:

  • Dillistone Systems became the first mainstream supplier to executive search to release a browser only product.
  • Dillistone Systems became the first to release integration with the native version of Outlook on the Mac (having already been the first to offer integration with Outlook through a browser) with FileFinder.
  • Dillistone Systems enhanced our Candidate Portal and launched the new FileFinder Client Portal

In the next couple of months, FileFinder Anywhere clients will benefit from performance improvements and usability enhancements. Improved functionality on Mobile and the iPad.

Already this year we’ve become the first supplier to the search industry to receive US/EU Privacy Shield Accreditation.

We will be launching more GDPR functionality for our clients later in the year - and we are hosting a webinar on this topic on February 21 – details here.

We thank you for your continuing support and look forward to working with you in 2017.


Jason Starr

Dillistone Systems

PS: As you may know already, the new European privacy regulations known as GDPR will change the way Executive Search firms control data on candidates and clients forever, with business-destroying fines of up to €20M or 4% of turnover per offence, whichever is greater. You have until May 2018 to prepare - if you are holding data on candidates, clients or anyone based in Europe, you will be affected. Join our webinar on February 21 to learn how to prepare for the coming changes.