November 5, 2015 – Executive search firm Ridgeway Partners LLC has named Toby Crosthwaite as a partner focusing on the insurance sector in the U.K. and Asia.
At Ridgeway Partners, Mr. Crosthwaite will work on senior executive and board level work in the life insurance, general insurance and reinsurance sectors, with a particular focus on global and multinational companies. He will also cover risk management more broadly across financial services.
Mr. Crosthwaite was most recently a managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates based in Singapore and London where he worked on a range of high profile C-suite and board assignments across both markets. Before that, he was managing director and head of Asia Pacific at Sheffield Haworth and a consultant in Asia with Whitehead Mann. He also spent five years with Baines Gwinner Limited.
“We’re delighted that Toby is joining Ridgeway as a partner,” said Philip Marsden, Ridgeway Partners chairman. “He has a broad and impressive pedigree in insurance and his experience in the Asia Pacific region will be particularly helpful to us as we continue to extend our international reach and find the very best candidates for our clients.”
‘I’m thrilled to be joining Ridgeway Partners at this exciting time for the company. It’s an excellent fit for me and the clients and markets I cover,” said Mr. Crosthwaite. “The firm has a complementary global track record and great access at board and senior executive level in insurance and retail financial services.”
Mr. Crosthwaite’s arrival follows a busy year for Ridgeway. In September, the firm appointed Sue O’Brien as a partner. Ms. O’Brien most recently served as chief executive officer of Norman Broadbent PLC. She is currently working on further developing the firm’s retail, HRD and board practices.
In June, Ridgeway added Kevin McKeon to its Boston office. He joined the firm from CTPartners, where he was a senior member of the firm’s asset management, wealth and alternative investments practices. He has worked with clients to recruit senior leadership professionals for chief investment officer, heads of asset classes, portfolio management, and research positions.
Founded in 2004, Ridgeway Partners is an advisory firm specializing in executive search, board appointments and succession planning for domestic and international clients across a wide range of sectors. Based in London, the firm also has offices in Glasgow, New York and Boston.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media