Leathwaite Names Head of the Americas

May 28, 2024 – London-based executive search firm Leathwaite has appointed Hypatia Kingsley as partner and head of the Americas. “We are thrilled to welcome Hypatia to the firm,” said Tom Pemberton, co-managing partner. “The Americas is our largest region, and Hypatia’s impressive track record and expertise will undoubtedly strengthen our business and reinforce our commitment to delivering exceptional talent solutions for our clients. Hypatia is also widely recognized for her passionate advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion, talent development, and culture. Her appointment underscores Leathwaite’s dedication to fostering an inclusive and dynamic workplace culture for both our colleagues and our clients.”

Ms. Kingsley brings over two decades of experience from Spencer Stuart, where she played pivotal roles across multiple geographies. During her time there, she demonstrated positive leadership, notably in her role as the builder and leader of the Greater China business, overseeing operations in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Ms. Kingsley returned to the U.S. in 2017 as a partner within the financial services practice, working to build best in class leadership teams for some of the world’s leading financial institutions.

“Hypatia’s appointment reflects Leathwaite’s ongoing commitment to attracting top-tier talent and enhancing its position as the leading functional search specialist,” the firm said.

“I am excited to join Leathwaite and lead the Americas business,” said Ms. Kingsley. “I’m inspired by Leathwaite’s commitment to service excellence, sustainable leadership and the development of exceptional talent. I look forward to working with the entire global team to drive impactful solutions for our clients.”

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.

Past Growth

At the end of last year, Leathwaite named Martha Harvey-Jones and Tom Pemberton as new co-managing partners. Co-founder Andrew Wallace, who has served as managing partner since 2017, stepped into the chair role as successor to Martin Leuw. All four founders, Martin Phillips, James Rust, Neil Ejje, and Andrew Wallace, continue to be key members of the team at Leathwaite, central to the firm’s growth strategy and board.

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“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to chair our board, picking up on the incredible work Martin has done in his time with Leathwaite,” said Mr. Wallace. “His involvement has been transformational both strategically and operationally. We’ve not only almost tripled in size, but have a clearer brand identity and purpose, technology platform, and diverse international leadership team which has been instrumental in preparing us for this next phase of our journey.”

Both Ms. Harvey-Jones and Mr. Pemberton have been partners at the firm for several years, co-leading the CFO and EMEA practices. Ms. Harvey-Jones joined Leathwaite in 2002 and has more than two decades of experience leading CFO assignments across the U.K., the U.S., and Asia. She has also consulted extensively on organizational structures and talent development initiatives. She will oversee the EMEA and Asia regions.

Mr. Pemberton joined Leathwaite in 2007, and since then has spent time in the Hong Kong, London, and New York offices. “His international experience provides him with an appreciation for and understanding of different cultures, putting inclusivity at the core of his leadership and day-to-day working style,” Leathwaite said. He will oversee the Americas region.

Related: Leathwaite Expands in New York

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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