April 21, 2020 – Boston-headquartered executive search firm Ridgeway Partners has expanded with the addition of Michael Fitzgerald as a partner in its Boston office. He specializes in asset management and has a strong track record of recruiting senior leadership positions in distribution, marketing, product, investments as well as building new business lines.
“We are truly excited to have Mike join Ridgeway Partners,” said Charles Preusse, managing partner for Ridgeway. “He brings a unique combination of extensive industry experience and senior-level search experience to our firm. He and Kevin McKeon will make a formidable team in the asset and wealth management space.”
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Mr. Fitzgerald joins Ridgeway after leading the Boston office for RSR Partners. Before that, he was managing director and distribution practice leader within the asset management practice at Charles Sterling Group. He has led and completed senior leadership assignments for both global and boutique asset managers as well as banking institutions.
Before joining the executive search industry, Mr. Fitzgerald had a 30-year career in the asset management industry, holding various senior leadership roles including head of intermediary distribution at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He also spent over 14 years at MFS Investment Management, and nine at Federated Investors. He built and led multiple sales and relationship management teams across numerous distribution channels. This experience provides him with unique insight into the rapidly changing and complex distribution and investment product landscape. It also allows him to deliver the necessary expertise and relevant market intelligence to clients, as well as to access high-caliber talent across the industry.
“Mike’s industry experience is of tremendous value to clients, and he has an outstanding network and reputation,” Mr. Preusse said. “He has successfully completed assignments for boutique and global asset managers as well as banking institutions, having recruited senior distribution leaders, portfolio managers and marketing professionals.”
Serving a Wide Range of Clients
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 on 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.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media