March 8, 2021 – Kingsley Gate Partners continues to expand with the recent addition of three key leaders: Thomas Cope joined the firm as a partner based in Singapore. Ed Montoya comes to the organization as a partner in San Francisco. And David Mansbach is a new senior partner in New York. Mr. Cope brings extensive experience specializing in executive recruiting for board and C-level executives within the global financial services industry. “We have been active in the Asia market for the past five years, and we are excited to expand our presence in Singapore to further serve our clients in the region,” said Kingsley Gate Partners’ office of the CEO. “Thomas brings extensive experience in banking, asset and wealth management, private equity, and organizational change, leadership and strategy.”
Prior to joining Kingsley Gate Partners, Mr. Cope led the financial services practice in Singapore for Odgers Berndtson, advising banks, asset and wealth managers, principal investors, and their portfolio companies. Previously, he spent six years at Korn Ferry in Singapore, where he built out the private equity practice in Asia. He was responsible for driving the Asia-wide business development strategy for financial sponsors and, as part of the board practice, he managed board recruitment and CEO succession projects across multiple industries.
“I joined Kingsley Gate Partners to help lead the development of the Asia market,” said Mr. Cope. “I was extremely impressed by the quality of the people and the technology differentiators, the ambition to scale globally and the experienced leadership team.”
Mr. Montoya will serve as a core member of Kingsley Gate’s financial officers and private equity practices. “Ed brings to Kingsley Gate Partners a broad range of expertise that he has developed over two decades,” said the office of the CEO. “Ed’s focus on recruiting high caliber executives that work with clients ranging from disruptive start-ups to Fortune 100 companies across public and private equity firms, is a welcome addition.”
With over two decades of experience in executive search and private equity, Mr. Montoya specializes in the recruitment of financial officers, investment partners, operating partners and portfolio company executives across all stages of enterprise development, within the technology and healthcare sectors.
“I am thrilled to join Kingsley Gate Partners,” said Mr. Montoya. “I am excited to partner with my colleagues and clients to further innovate the executive search process, bring in-depth assessment insights and accelerate the hiring of diverse executives into high impact leadership roles.”
An Inclusive Approach
Prior to joining Kingsley Gate Partners, Mr. Montoya led the financial officers practice for Calibre One, a leading boutique recruiting firm, and established his search career at Spencer Stuart as a core member of its technology and financial officer practices. He takes an inclusive approach to executive recruitment and has helped clients increase the number of women and people of color in senior executive positions across private equity, high technology, healthcare and financial services.
Mr. Mansbach brings more than two decades of experience advising hospitality clients and has sold and led engagements in the areas of executive recruitment, compensation consulting and business strategy and implementation. He is also an investor in early-stage restaurants and a human capital artificial intelligence technology platform.
“David’s collaborative style of serving clients with the highest standard is a true embodiment of our culture,” said the office of the CEO. “He is a leading specialist in the hospitality and leisure industry. We look forward to his positive impact on our clients and the entire organization.”
Prior to joining Kingsley Gate Partners, Mr. Mansbach served as a managing director at AETHOS Consulting Group, a firm he co-founded in 2013 to provide executive search, compensation consulting and human capital advisory services to the global restaurant, hotel and gaming industries and in the travel technology sector. Before co-founding AETHOS, he was managing director and president of the Americas for a global executive search boutique serving the hospitality industry. Mr. Mansbach started his career at the Plaza Hotel in New York, where he served as sales manager.
“The ability to work with a group of like-minded individuals is very exciting.” said Mr. Mansbach. “The hotel, restaurant and gaming industries are going through unprecedented change. With an industry reset in motion, there is an extraordinary opportunity for Kingsley Gate Partners to leverage our industry-leading technology, global reach, internal cross border collaboration and combined segment and functional expertise to position the firm as a dominant player.”
Founded in 2015, Kingsley Gate Partners recruits senior leadership for private equity and venture capital portfolio businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Dallas, the firm employs consultants and recruiters with expertise in private equity, life sciences, financial services, technology, manufacturing and professional services.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media