Sheffield Haworth Adds Former UBS Head of Business Development & Special Projects

February 10, 2023 – Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has expanded with the addition of former UBS executive Philippe Reynier as a managing director within the technology arm of the global functions practice. “We are thrilled Philippe has decided to join the team at Sheffield Haworth,” said Mark Dixon, managing director – global functions. “His background and experience, having both worked in the industry and in strategy consulting, are unique and we are excited to be able to build further relationships in the fintech space partnering with clients on their most pressing talent challenges and requirements.”

Mr. Reynier most recently served as head of business development and special projects at UBS Switzerland focusing on developing the bank’s digital strategy as well as partnerships and investments across key fintech verticals including digital investing, lending platforms, and digital assets. Before this, he was a member of the group strategy team, and his work contributed to the creation of UBS Next, the bank’s corporate venture capital fund. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Reynier was at Boston Consulting Group, after completing an MBA at INSEAD.

In his role with Sheffield Haworth, Mr. Reynier will be focused on supporting banks with their digital transformation and fintechs with their growth plans through delivering senior executive search mandates, both in Switzerland and internationally. Additionally, he will also partner with Sheffield Haworth teams across other practice areas, including wealth and asset management and consulting, to build and nurture relationships with new and existing Swiss clients.

“I am hugely excited to be joining Sheffield Haworth to continue to build out the global functions practice and expand our relationships within the fintech community,” said Mr. Reynier. “The team has a particularly impressive track record in placing senior technology and digital executives at the highest level within major international financial institutions and has well-established relationships with major fintechs globally. The team, led by Mark Dixon, shares my core values, being passionate about what they do and possessing an entrepreneurial mindset, which keeps them agile and at the forefront of the industry.”

Related: Sheffield Haworth Appoints Leader for Retail and Consumer Financial Services Practice

Sheffield Haworth, founded in 1993, is a global executive search, talent advisory, and interim consulting firm. The organization partners with clients around the world to provide tailored solutions for their business and talent needs at the senior management level. The firm has 10 offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. It serves clients in the financial services, business and professional services, and technology industries.

Recent Acquisition

Sheffield Haworth recently acquired Symbiosis Search, an executive search consultancy for leadership roles across fast-growth enterprise software and SaaS companies. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal illustrates Sheffield Haworth’s intention to pursue acquisition opportunities to expedite its international expansion. The acquisition brings together Sheffield Haworth’s existing expertise in the technology sector in EMEA, currently known as SH Gillamor Stephens, with Symbiosis’ experience enabling the international growth of innovative software and SaaS companies. Together the teams will form part of the global technology practice at Sheffield Haworth.

Founded in 2002, Symbiosis Search works for organizations across the software industry, specializing in disruptive growth companies supplying high-end enterprise-class solutions. The firm works with VC and other investor-backed start-up and scale-up vendors expanding across Europe, North America, and the Asia-Pacific regions.

“Enterprise software and SaaS is a rapidly evolving industry, which touches all aspects of business,” said Georgina Harley, group managing director – new services and sectors. “Leadership of these companies is only increasing in demand and complexity. We have been impressed with the knowledge and relationships Symbiosis Search has developed across the international software industry, and we are thrilled to welcome the Symbiosis team to Sheffield Haworth.”

Related: Sheffield Haworth Expands in New York

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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