September 26, 2016 – Korn Ferry has made multiple leadership moves within its global financial services practice.
Eric Pikus, who previously served as the firm’s sector leader for asset management as well as consumer and commercial banking in its New York office, will now serve as head of North America, global financial market for the firm. Throughout his career, Mr. Pikus has worked extensively and advised financial services companies on executive search, board effectiveness, leadership assessment, and executive succession planning.
Pascal Smith, based in Korn Ferry’s London office, will now serve as the firm’s global sector leader, asset management (alternative and traditional). With strong global client relationships, Mr. Smith will continue to focus on working with our hedge fund and alternative investments client base across a wide range of strategies. Mr. Smith joined the firm in 2014 and had been serving as senior client partner in the European financial services practice. He joined Korn Ferry from Heidrick & Struggles, where he was a partner.
Keith Feldman, based in Korn Ferry’s San Francisco office, will now serve as the firm’s global sector leader, consumer & commercial banking. Mr. Feldman has 15 years of experience advising financial services firms of all sizes, from start-ups to large, multinationals. He is also an active member of Korn Ferry’s marketing, digital, and fintech centers-of-excellence. Mr. Feldman joined the firm in 2010 also after serving at Heidrick & Struggles.
“I am pleased to announce the expansion of our global financial services leadership team,” said Michael Franzino, president, financial services, Korn Ferry. “Eric, Pascal and Keith are strong leaders who have deep knowledge, diverse backgrounds and impeccable relationships in the financial sector. Their experience and understanding of the rapidly evolving and increasingly complex talent and leadership needs facing the financial sector will be a great fit for our clients.”
Other Leadership Moves
Among the ‘Big Five’ there have been multiples leadership moves also within their financial services practices. Here is a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon archives:
- Heidrick & Struggles appointed Steven Greenberg as a partner in charge of the firm’s financial services practice, based in Tokyo. Mr. Greenberg has nearly 10 years of executive search experience in the Asia Pacific region and has recruited for all levels of senior management across insurance companies, investment banks, securities firms, asset managers and other financial institutions. Heidrick also named Jenni Hibbert in London to lead its financial services practice in the U.K. She has responsibility for managing the firm’s U.K. financial services business, overseeing a team of approximately 40 individuals with a focus on providing executive search and leadership counsel to top-tier financial institutions. Lastly, Heidrick tapped David Boehmer as global managing partner of its financial services practice. He is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the practice and overseeing a team of approximately 70 consultants worldwide.
- Egon Zehnder named Donald Chae to its Chicago office to focus on financial services, where his experience spans wealth management, asset management, retail banking, risk management and financial technology. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Mr. Chae managed complex strategy, growth, and change initiatives in both executive and consulting roles. As a senior vice president at Northern Trust, he managed the corporation’s $400 million annual IT capital expenditures and led the enterprise PMO orchestrating its middle and back office transformation.
- Spencer Stuart added Peter C. Roberts as a consultant in its financial services practice based in the firm’s Chicago office. 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. In his tenure with Jones Lang, he held a number of leadership roles, including a decade as CEO for the Americas.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media