Ridgeway Partners Adds Asset Management Recruiting Specialist

December 17, 2018 – Boston-headquartered executive search firm Ridgeway Partners has expanded with the addition of Deborah Markus as a managing director in its New York office. Specializing in asset management, she has a strong track record of recruiting for senior leadership positions, distribution teams and building new business lines.

“Deborah is an exceptional, seasoned recruiter with a deep knowledge of the asset management industry,” said Andy Hunter, managing partner for Ridgeway. “Sheis highly respected in both the traditional and alternative investment sectors and completes an impressive asset management practice along with Kevin McKeon and Michael Castine.”

Mr. McKeon said thatMs. Markus shows a devotion and commitment to providing strategic value to clients and candidates. “Deborah has an excellent track record of recruiting senior female and diversity candidates and understands the need for organizational talent to more accurately reflect the diversity of their client base,” he said. “At a time when boards and managers are increasingly focused on diversity, we are grateful to have a colleague who shares Ridgeway’s commitment to diversity hires.”

Ms. Markus has worked for more than 20 years in financial services with over a decade of experience in executive recruiting. She spent seven years at JPMorgan Asset Management in product development, marketing and sales, and began her career in on diversity as a member of the asset management team at Russell Reynolds Associates. Subsequently, Ms. Markus led the asset management practice of a boutique commitment to before founding her own firm, Columbus Advisors. She later wound down Columbus Advisors to head corporate development at SPM, a multi-billion-dollar alternative investment firm.
“We are thrilled to have Deborah join the Ridgeway team,” said partner Michael Castine. “Kevin and I were impressed with her experience building distribution channels and investment teams in both the traditional and alternative universes. Her industry experience and network will be immensely additive to our practice.”
Growing Search Firm
Ridgeway Partners is a global advisory firm specializing in executive search, board appointments and succession planning for a select group of multi-sector, domestic and international companies. The firm has offices in New York, Boston, London, Glasgow and Hong Kong. Its clients range from privately-held companies to Fortune 100 organizations. Ridgeway focuses in banking, asset and wealth management, private equity, retail and digital recruiting.
Philip Marsden, who founded the firm in 2004, has been a professional advisor and business leader throughout his 35-year career. Before entering the executive search industry, he worked for 20 years in the financial services, oil and search industries, first at Citibank NA, then as head of M&A at NatWest Markets. Mr. Marsden currently serves as Ridgeway’s chairman.
In October, Ridgeway Partners named Krystyna Nowak as a partner. She joined Louise Angel in the board practice, focusing on chairmen and non-executive director appointments across all sectors. Previously, Ms. Nowak was managing director for the board practice with Norman Broadbent. She has also worked as a director for specialist board-level search boutique Hanson Green.
In June, Ridgeway Partners added Katie Thomas as a partner. In her role, Ms. Thomas leads the firm’s growing omni-channel and retail practice. She has a particular focus on transferring leaders, from within the retail and broader consumer sectors as well as from other industries, particularly where digital knowhow and transformation are more evolved, the firm said.
Ms. Thomas has spent 25 years in executive search working at the international level for a broad spectrum of publicly quoted, private-equity backed and privately-owned businesses at the board and C-Suite level. She joined the firm from Russell Reynolds Associates, where she co-led the global retail and luxury goods practice. Her experience covers all categories in retail, fashion, apparel and luxury across multi-channel and pure-play businesses.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media
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