Company History



The original FileFinder software was developed by David Dillistone, himself a retained search consultant. While it was initially created for in-house use, David soon realised that there was a market for it beyond his own firm, and so he created David Dillistone Systems.


By the late 1990s, David had retired and business – now renamed as Dillistone Systems – was owned by Custom Business Systems.  CBS invested heavily in the firm and, by the end of the decade, offices have been established on three continents. 


In 2003, the current management team undertook a management buyout of the business.  The dawn of the Internet meant that it became far easier to sell the FileFinder system internationally, and, as a result, Dillistone Systems grew rapidly.  


In 2006, the group floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (DSG.L).


In 2008, a decision was taken to significantly increase R&D expenditure, and the development of the next generation of FileFinder began.  Millions of dollars of investment later, FileFinder 10 has been launched in the first quarter of 2011.


Today, the Dillistone Systems is profitable, debt free and cash generative.  It is proud to work with over 1,200 firms in over 60 countries, making it the largest dedicated supplier to the executive recruiting sector.