October 7, 2011 – Executive search firm Sterling James has opened its doors to serve the strategic human capital needs of the global insurance industry. Co-founders Bruce Halbeck, Erin Hamrick, and Simon Harrison were all senior members of the insurance practices of executive recruiters Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart before launching Sterling James. Mr. Halbeck co-led the insurance practice at Spencer Stuart, and led the global insurance practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Ms. Hamrick previously served as a partner at Heidrick & Struggles before joining Spencer Stuart as a senior member of their insurance practice. Mr. Harrison practiced as a commercial lawyer in London prior to leading the European insurance practice at Heidrick & Struggles. "We are a 'high-touch' organization and personally execute our search assignments. With decades of experience, we know how to best represent our clients and guide successful executives through the process of learning about an opportunity while we assess their fit. It is critical to handle every step of the process personally, especially when working with the top executive team of an organization," said Ms. Hamrick.