Dragons from 2007 to 2010. Caan initially achieved success in the recruitment entrepreneur magazine pdf 2014. He founded the recruitment company Alexander Mann Group in 1985, and sold it in 2002.
In 1993, Caan co-founded the executive head-hunting firm Humana International, in which he sold his stake in 1999. In 2013, he was named Chairman of the Year at the International Business Awards. Caan has been involved in a number of charitable activities and founded the James Caan Foundation in 2006. Pakistan, Caan’s family emigrated to the United Kingdom when he was two years old.
His father came to the UK without any money or knowing the language but was able to build a successful business from scratch. Caan’s father had intended him to join the family business once his formal education was completed, but Caan decided he wanted to find his own way in the world. This led to Caan’s being estranged from his father for many years. Other than a Saturday job at Mr Buyright, Caan had no formal experience of work and so went to a recruitment agency to find some. His first job was door to door sales, which he found tiring. At this point, he knew he wanted to work in an office. He worked for several recruitment companies and started a fashion boutique with his wife before deciding he wanted to start his own company.
Caan started his own recruitment company in the early 1980s. He tried moving the desk, to no avail. He purposely chose the prestigious address to convey an image that the company was bigger than it actually was to attract clients. As he had no meeting rooms, client meetings would often take place in coffee shops, and he would tell them that they were so busy that all the rooms were full. Caan did not excel at school and did not attend university as an undergraduate, but graduated from the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2003. He founded the recruitment company Alexander Mann in 1987.
In 1993 Caan co-founded the executive headhunting firm Humana International with Doug Bugie, eventually growing the business to over 147 offices in 30 countries. In 1996 Caan co-founded the business process outsourcing company AMS with Rosaleen Blair. Caan subsequently sold his interests in AMS in 2002. Caan sold Humana International to CDI International, a New York listed company, in 1999. In 2004 Caan established the London-based private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw.