Kingsley Gate Partners Appoints Global Industrial Practice Leader

September 21, 2021 – Kingsley Gate Partners recently named Arnaud Despierre as senior partner Asia-Pacific and global industrial practice leader. He is based in Singapore.

“We are pleased to welcome Arnaud to the Kingsley Gate Partners team,” said the members of the office of the CEO. “Arnaud’s extensive experience in conducting cross-border projects in Asia, where he has been based for the past 15 years, and his leadership roles over the years support our global expansion plans in Asia and Europe.”

Mr. Despierre brings nearly two decades of experience in executive search and management consulting to Kingsley Gate Partners. He has worked with and placed senior executives globally, including chief executive officers and non-executive directors of publicly listed and privately held companies. Mr. Despierre was previously a partner at Spencer Stuart, where he led and co-led regional and global practice areas. His focus was on senior executive recruitment – board, CEO and C-suite – in the industrial sector across manufacturing and services. His expertise also extends to adjacent sectors within life sciences, consumer products and technology, as well as cross-industry functional areas such as human resources and supply chain/operations. Previously, he was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, an organizational development, change management and leadership development work for clients in North America and Asia-Pacific.

“I am thrilled to be joining Kingsley Gate Partners as the firm is on a journey to reshape how executive search is done on a global basis,” said Mr. Despierre. “Their unique and transformative approach to matching executives to senior roles, by combining the power of technology with expert human insight, sets the firm apart from all others. This ground-breaking approach will greatly benefit clients across Asia-Pacific and beyond.”

Mr. Despierre is a native English and French bilingual with a working proficiency in Mandarin. He earned a master’s degree in thermal power from Cranfield University and an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School.

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.

Recent Growth

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.

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. Prior to joining Kingsley Gate Partners, Mr. Montoya led the financial officers practice for Calibre One.

Mr. Mansbach has 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. Prior to joining Kingsley Gate Partners, Mr. Mansbach served as a managing director at AETHOS Consulting Group, a firm he co-founded in 2013

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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