February 11, 2020 – Dubai-headquartered executive search firm Pedersen & Partners has added Silvie Buchs to its Zurich office as a client partner and head of the global asset management practice.
Ms. Buchs brings 20 years of financial services executive search experience to the firm, and specializes in asset management, alternative investments and private wealth management. She previously served as a key member of the European and global asset and wealth management practice at Global Sage, where she was based in the London and Zurich offices.
Ms. Buchs has completed numerous assignments for asset owners, institutional and private wealth investment managers, and specialized boutiques across asset classes and functions. Additionally, she has a broader track record within financial services, with a search practice that spans leadership roles, investment management, distribution / client facing and senior infrastructure functions. Earlier in her career, Ms. Buchs established and managed her own executive search firm, focusing on EMEA financial services. She began her professional career with Korn Ferry and Boyden, where she managed senior financial services assignments.
“With an outstanding track record in the asset management sector, Silvie is uniquely suited to drive the next stage of growth of our asset management practice globally, strengthening our team and providing superior expertise in line with our global strategic direction and growth plans,” said Thomas Heeger, client partner and the country manager for Switzerland at Pedersen & Partners. “Silvie’s cross-border traditional and alternative asset and wealth management capabilities, together with her considerable investment talent acquisition and organizational consulting experience, will enhance our clients’ operations globally. We’re excited to have her on board.”
“Investment talent recruitment and development requires a strategic balance of deep industry knowledge and understanding of the clients’ culture and vision for growth,” said Ms. Buchs. “There is a further emphasis on identifying the right roadmap for each entity. In building client teams, Pedersen & Partners relies on its unique positioning and search process, and a truly global team and network of wholly owned offices with strong capabilities for finding the right leaders for the future. I’m thrilled to join this dynamic team of experts.”
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Pedersen & Partners operates 54 wholly-owned offices in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The firm recently Alvaro Arias Echeverria as global head of the firm’s private equity practice group. Mr. Arias Echeverria has been in charge of Iberia and Latin America at Pedersen & Partners for almost a decade and has co-headed the global private equity practice for over two years. With more than 15 years of executive search experience, he has completed private equity assignments across Europe and Latin America, with mandates ranging from succession planning and high-opportunity sectors to value creation and portfolio management strategies.
“The global private equity industry has registered record-high results over the last few years, and our clients have consistently turned to our expert industry consultants for help in aligning their strategic investor plans with their leadership capabilities,” said Gary Williams, CEO of Pedersen & Partners. “Alvaro has led our global team into partnerships that help our clients to plan investment strategies which include a built-in C-level talent component to ensure the best match at every stage of the deal, from appointments and assessments to succession strategies and value creation plans.”
This past July, Pedersen & Partners appointed Mr. Williams as its CEO replacing founder Poul Pedersen who assumed the role of executive chairman. Mr. Williams has over 17 years of executive search consulting experience. He joined Pedersen & Partners in 2014 as the head of South East Asia.
“Since the inception of the firm in 2001 it has been an exciting journey and a privilege to lead Pedersen & Partners,” said Mr. Pedersen. “My partners and I are confident that our new CEO, Gary Williams, will lead the firm in accordance with our values of trust, relationship and professionalism, and I have every belief in Gary’s ability to take over and drive Pedersen & Partners to our next phase of development.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media