Leathwaite Expands in London

September 23, 2022 – London-based executive search firm Leathwaite recently expanded with the addition of Heather Barnes as a partner. “We are absolutely thrilled that Heather has chosen to join Leathwaite,” said Richard Buckingham, lead global technology partner. “We have long admired Heather’s impact, presence, and reputation in the technology, digital, and data market, and we look forward to integrating her unique experience and perspectives into what remains Leathwaite’s largest and most established practice.”

“We have led technology search and advisory work for over 22 years but have always worked to evolve and ensure we create the best possible value and experience for our clients and candidates,” said Mr. Buckingham. “We look forward to Heather becoming an intrinsic part of this continued development, diversification and growth.”

“We are extremely pleased that Heather has agreed to join Leathwaite,” said Chris Smith, sector lead for commerce and industry. “She is a leading player in the technology, digital, and data market and her clients clearly value her insight, guidance, and unique perspective on this rapidly changing market. Building on Leathwaite’s stellar track record in the technology leadership arena, Heather’s expertise across a range of sectors will be central to our continued expansion and coverage across multiple sectors and markets.”

Ms. Barnes joins Leathwaite’s global technology and digital practices bringing a wealth of experience as an advisor. “Her depth of knowledge across the technology, digital, and data landscape will complement Leathwaite’s 20 year track record in this market and Heather will play a critical role in our continued diversification of our client coverage across markets including consumer, technology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and industrials,” the search firm said.

Ms. Barnes was most recently a partner with U.K. boutique search firm Savannah Group and brings a track record working with a number of executive search and leadership advisory firms. After gaining a master’s degree in history from the University of Edinburgh, Ms. Barnes joined the digital and technology practice at Boyden before spending a number of years with Korn Ferry and The Miles Partnership in the information officer and board practices, respectively.

“A strong advocate of diversity, equality, and inclusion, Heather has played a critical role in advising her clients on the evolving technology talent landscape and has been responsible for a number of landmark diverse appointments in a fiercely competitive market,” the search firm said. “With Leathwaite’s purpose of creating meaningful change through exceptional people,” we look forward to leveraging Heather’s contribution as to how we advise our clients and shape the markets we operate in.”

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Leathwaite is an executive search and human capital specialist firm, delivering an interconnected range of executive search, executive interim, and data and insight services. Established in 1999, the firm has developed key international client partnerships across a range of industry sectors. Leathwaite has a network of international offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Hong Kong, and Zurich.

Recent Expansion

Leathwaite recently expanded with the addition of Chris Smith. Based in London, he co-leads Leathwaite’s global HR practice, while also steering and accelerating the firm’s strategy of ongoing diversification outside its core markets of financial and professional services. “We are delighted to welcome Chris to Leathwaite,” said Tom Pemberton, co-head of U.K. and Ireland for Leathwaite . The CHRO and HR leadership community have been critical partners to Leathwaite since our inception, and we look forward to Chris expanding and enhancing those bonds.”

“Chris will be a wonderful addition to the Leathwaite team,” said Andrew Wallace, Leathwaite’s managing partner. “We have experienced rapid growth in recent years across several markets in commerce and industry and look forward to Chris driving that expansion in its next phase.” Mr. Smith was previously a senior client partner and U.K. practice leader, global CHRO/ HR practice with Korn Ferry. In this role, he was responsible for search and assessment activities for the senior HR community across the U.K. and international as well as representing Korn Ferry’s full advisory capabilities to our clients internationally.

Related: Leathwaite Expands in New York

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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