May 14, 2015 – Top 10-ranked executive search firm CTPartners remains in the crosshairs of its global rivals – several of whom seem to be picking the company clean of its top-level business producers.
Robert Voth, a CTPartners vice chairman and 17-year company veteran, has joined Russell Reynolds Associates as a managing director where he will work from the firm’s Chicago and Cleveland locations. Mr. Voth, the top financial services recruiter within CTPartners, was responsible for the consumer and commercial banking practice at the company where he specialized in the burgeoning digital transformation area within the financial services sector. His clients have included global money centers and regional & community banks, credit unions, payment companies, technology providers and leading consultancies within this space.
Michael DeSimone, another CTPartners vice chairman, has left for rival Korn Ferry; he is the 11th former CTPartners’ recruiter to join Korn Ferry since the beginning of the year and the fourth vice chairman to do so. Mr. DeSimone has worked with clients ranging from venture-backed start-ups to mid-sized private equity portfolio companies and the Fortune 500, covering a number of market sectors including: IT services, enterprise software, cloud services and marketing services & analytics. His assignment range includes CEO, president, COO, CIO, chief sales officer and practice leader/business unit heads. Previously he was an EVP with DHR International where he led the firm’s professional services and outsourcing practice.
Overseas, Paul Aldrich has left CTPartners in London where he was head of the firm’s financial services infrastructure practice. He has joined Odgers Berndtson (Europe) where he will assume a similar post. A nine-year veteran of CTPartners, Mr. Aldrich previously spent five years with Global Sage as managing partner for Europe, and prior to that he held a director-level position with Executive Access.
Also in London, Mark Dixon, head of CTPartners’ global CIO practice, has left the company after four years to join competitor Sheffield Hayworth. Mr. Dixon led CTPartners’ information officers’ practice in Europe and Asia, having placed C-suite technology and operations leaders across industries. Prior to CTPartners, he was head of the technology practice at Hutton Consulting and a consultant with market research and recruiting firm Leathwaite.
In Singapore, Kathryn Yap and two others have left CTPartners for rivals, joining Nick Evans who left the company’s Singapore office earlier in the month for Korn Ferry.
A team of CTPartners recruiters in the company’s Dubai and Australia locations are in discussions to defect en masse. CTPartners had put a particular emphasis on its global rollout in Australia, acquiring the Perth office of Park Brown International, an executive search firm focusing on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors in 2014, as well as Johnson Executive Search, a leading independent search firm based in Sydney.