Sheffield Haworth Expands Insurance and Technology Sector Practices

February 4, 2016 – Sheffield Haworth has added Erik Matson as managing director in its global insurance practice and John Budriss as executive director of corporate officers in the firm’s technology practice.

Mr. Matson will focus primarily on advising and execution of board, CEO and senior team mandates for clients globally. Previously, he performed senior level advisory work for Boyden, including helping to establish the firm’s insurance capability. He has extensive experience in P&C primary insurance, wholesale / broker markets, global reinsurance markets, capital markets and investment management / insurance asset management, and distribution as well as cyber intelligence / security management and sitting board experience.

Formerly, Mr. Matson was the top executive at an Allianz U.S. entity, running its P&C commercial lines businesses. Before that, he held a number of senior roles for AIG, including president – Americas. Earlier in his career, he was with the Munich Re Group in a number of P&C executive roles, including reinsurance and insurance, and was a founding member of its capital markets / insurance-linked securities business.

Sheffield Haworth’s global insurance practice serves a full range of insurance industry organizations, ranging from property / casualty companies; life, health and annuity companies; reinsurance entities; insurance brokers and intermediaries; financial guarantors; and insurance services providers.

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Mr. Budriss, a pure talent acquisition expert, brings a wealth of financial services, FinTech and market data industry expertise to his new role. He most recently ran all talent acquisition for Bloomberg and was chief human resources officer (CHRO) leading all talent / people-related activities for Bloomberg’s enterprise division. He formerly served as the global head of talent acquisition at Thomson Reuters.

A thought-leader in accessing talent across all technology, financial, and market data verticals, Mr. Budriss has helped to recruit CEO, chief data officer, chief technology officer (CTO), chief information security officer (CISO),  and chief data / computer scientist roles at the divisional and enterprise level.

Sheffield Haworth’s global technology practice works across all industries and has assisted in strategic hiring initiatives among a number of key market initiatives, including digitalization, big data & analytics, cloud, cyber security, and risk.

“We are delighted to have Erik and John join the Sheffield Haworth team,” said Mark Esposito, president. “Both bring a unique perspective and a wealth of industry knowledge to his respective practice and will be a great asset to the company. As we continue to broaden and deepen our industry services, these talented individuals will help to strengthen our client relationships and deliver greater value.”

Sheffield Haworth has been seen bolstering its search staff in recent months. In November, the firm added Mark Dixon as a managing director in its global technology practice, Jennifer Novack as a managing director / global real estate practice head, and George Gilmartin as an executive director also in its real estate practice.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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