BraddockMatthews and David Barrett Partners Join Forces

April 4, 2024 – Alliances and partnerships continue to gain traction in the executive search industry. BraddockMatthews LLC and David Barrett Partners have closed a transaction to combine their firms, creating asset management executive search firm BraddockMatthewsBarrett. The merging of the two firms, which serve complementary segments of the investment management industry, creates an international executive search firm with a continuing sole focus on asset management, including asset owners, private equity, private debt, and alternative and traditional asset management firms. The combined entity is comprised of 30 people, including nine partners in New York, Boston, and London, and an associated staff of consultants, research, and administrative professionals.

“Our firm is delighted to bring these two organizations together,” said Derek Braddock and Bill Matthews, BraddockMatthews’ co-founders. “Combining our teams with the level of depth of our respective asset management search experience, creates a firm with unparalleled access to world-class talent across traditional and alternative asset management, including the full spectrum of investment, distribution, operations, and C-suite talent.”

“My partners and I are excited to join forces with BraddockMatthews and look forward to leveraging our complementary areas of recruiting expertise,” said David Barrett, who founded David Barrett Partners in 2005. “Our two teams have known of each other for years, with great mutual respect. This is a tremendous cultural fit and our teams’ level of knowledge, credibility, and access will be a huge benefit to the clients of our combined firm.”

The new firm will continue to build on BraddockMatthews’ expertise and client base across private equity, private credit, hedge funds, and real assets. This focus is now combined with the David Barrett Partners in the international asset owner space, including endowments, foundations, and family offices, as well as in their well-established traditional, alternative, and wealth management client base. Together, BraddockMatthewsBarrett will continue to recruit senior professionals across the investment, distribution, other key functional, and C-suite roles.

Asset Management Specialists

Mr. Braddock has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to founding BraddockMatthews, he was a senior partner for eight years at asset management and financial services search firm HigdonBraddockMatthews, and previously spent more than 10 years across a range of financial services sales, product management and marketing roles. Mr. Braddock has expertise in search and recruitment, with particular focus on investment and sales/marketing professionals, notably in the alternative investments arena, as well as traditional asset management, family offices, and endowments & foundations. 

David Barrett Partners Recruits Chief Investment Officer for the J. Paul Getty Trust
David Barrett Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Katharine “K.C.” Krieger as the new chief investment officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Ms. Krieger will replace James Williams, who announced his intention to retire last fall after 21 years as Getty’s CIO. Ms. Krieger was appointed after an international search, involving a search committee that included investment experts from the Getty board of trustees. “K.C. brings to us deep experience in investment management and portfolio optimization, and a proven record of success and collaborative leadership,” Ms. Fleming said. “She also has served on the executive team of one of Los Angeles’ most prominent philanthropic and arts organizations, giving her an extensive understanding of the workings of cultural organizations, foundations, and the audiences we serve. I’m excited to have her join the Getty team.”

Mr. Matthews has over two decades of experience in executive search with an expertise in and focus within the private markets. He has experience recruiting senior investment professionals and non-investment professionals (including roles in investor relations, legal, finance, and business development) for some of the foremost private equity firms involved in all stages of principal investing. Mr. Matthews also works with a variety of firms that are active in the private equity marketplace, including placement agents, and private equity allocators. Prior to founding BraddockMatthews, he spent more than five years as a senior partner at HigdonBraddockMatthews, and four years as a managing director at Conley & Company, where he directed the firm’s alternative asset search activities.

Mr. Barrett has over 30 years of broad-based experience in senior-level recruiting in investment and wealth management. Besides David Barrett Partners, he co-founded another buy-side boutique search firm in 2003. Previously, he spent 17 years with two global search firms, Russell Reynolds Associates and Heidrick and Struggles. He began his career in 1981 in equity research with Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. Following graduate school, Mr. Barrett returned to investment management as an equity analyst with Trust Company of the West in Los Angeles.

Related: David Barrett Partners Assists Yale University in Chief Investment Officer Search

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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