June 27, 2016 – Executive search firm DHR International has added Patrick Slater as a partner in its financial services practice group.
Mr. Slater has more than 30 years of experience, including the last 15 years in executive search. He has extensive experience developing and managing client relationships as well as executing senior level executive search assignments. He serves clients in the banking, private wealth management, asset management, insurance, alternative investments, real estate, FinTech and private equity industries.
He has completed numerous searches at the C-level, including CEO, CIO, COO and CFO. His search specializations include a broad array of functional areas, including compliance, lending, retail banking, operations, investments, human resources, fiduciary, credit, information technology, marketing, risk, legal, client development, private banking, analytics, and accounting / finance.
Prior to joining DHR, Mr. Slater served as a managing director with Horton International. He began his search career in 2001 when he founded Brower Group, a boutique search firm that served financial services clients. Earlier in his career, he held senior roles at NCR Corporation and was an executive with two venture capital backed FinTech firms. Mr. Slater also served as chairman of PNS Group, a consortium of search firms, for more than 12 years.
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Earlier this year, DHR named Jeanne Branthover to its financial services practice in New York as a partner. Ms. Branthover is a 25-year veteran in the financial services industry. She came to DHR from Boyden, where she had been for the last 13 years. At Boyden she served as global financial services practice leader, where she also spearheaded the firm’s fintech subsector. She had previously founded her own New York-based search firm, Branthover Associates, which she operated for more than 20 years.
A number of executive search firms have expanded their financial services practices in recent months. Here is a look at just a few taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
- Harvey Nash added Heather Grayson as director of its financial services practice in Asia. She was a partner for boutique search firm Reed Hamilton, where she led the firm’s real estate practice in Hong Kong;
- Signium appointed Pedro Herraiz as global head of financial services. Mr. Herraiz, who joined Signium in 2006, has more than 14 years of experience in multinational companies in the financial and professional services sectors;
- Pedersen & Partners named Frank Behrendt as a principal and head of its financial services practice group in Africa. Mr. Behrendt is an emerging markets specialist and has originated and executed senior level searches for banks and financial institutions across Asia Pacific while based in Singapore, and Pan-Africa from London and Johannesburg;
- Boyden replaced DHR’s Ms. Branthover with John Burr, a partner at Boyden U.K., as the new leader of its global financial services practice. He specializes in both the traditional and FinTech subsectors of financial services across buy-side, sell-side and consulting, with a background in capital markets and investment banking. His track record is global, covering the C-suite in technology, finance, risk, and operations, including client coverage and product management;
- Heidrick & Struggles appointed Jenni Hibbert in London to lead its financial services practice in the U.K.and David Boehmer as global managing partner of its financial services practice. During the last 11 years, Ms. Hibbert has served as a lead partner in Heidrick’s insurance practice working across Europe & Africa to execute CEO and non-executive director searches across all corporate disciplines, both functional and technical, including actuarial, underwriting and risk. Mr. Boehmer has been integral to strengthening and growing the firm’s financial service practice in the Americas and Europe;
- Spencer Stuart named Peter C. Roberts as a consultant in its financial services practice. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Mr. Roberts spent more than 20 years with global real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, where most recently he served as the firm’s chief strategy officer;
- Executive search firm RM Nephew and Associates added Denise C. Amari as partner and head of the firm’s financial officers practice. She draws on a strong background in executive recruiting as well as extensive business operations experience;
- Odgers Berndtson launched a dedicated financial services practice in Australia as the firm continues to expand its operations in the Asia Pacific region. The new practice is led by former CTPartners’ recruiters Lynn Muirhead and Jules Orpin;
- Futurestep added Jessica Taylor to its EMEA financial services practice group to support increased demand for talent in the region. In her role as financial services senior consultant, she is responsible for delivering talent for organizations across a number of sectors, including core infrastructure, governmental, institutional investors, renewables and banking.
Whether any of these financial services practices will be affected by the recent decision of the U.K. to part ways with the European Union remains to be seen. Clearly, any practice based in London will likely feel strong headwinds beginning this summer.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media