July 9, 2020 – Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has named Sam Wallace as a managing director to the firm’s consulting, technology and services (CTS) practice. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Wallace will be responsible for leading and growing the practice across the Americas.
Ms. Wallace has an extensive track record focusing on senior hires for technology and professional services companies, with specific emphasis on product innovation, technology infrastructure, strategic sales and corporate engagement. Prior to joining Sheffield Haworth, she led the North American technology sector for professional search at Korn Ferry, combining search and talent advisory solutions. She later joined search boutique Carmichael Fisher as global head of the technology practice. Ms. Wallace is also a founding board member of the Los Angeles chapter of UPWARD Women, a global network for executive women to share knowledge to accelerate career advancement.
In her role at Sheffield Haworth, Ms. Wallace is focused on developing relationships with clients across the technology and consulting sectors.
The Right Time
As part of Sheffield Haworth’s strategic plan to widen its presence across the U.S, the firm decided to base its second American office in Los Angeles where it sees near-term opportunity, particularly with technology and professional services businesses. Silicon Valley has traditionally been the epicenter of technology innovation but over recent years as the cost of living there has soared both talent and companies have been migrating to Southern California. Opportunities are increasing, and with it a broader pool of talent is now more widely available. Los Angeles, in particular, has been a hub for many years for the gaming industry and there are now even more opportunities available for companies and candidates, said the search firm.
“We are very excited to have Sam on board with us and she will be a significant asset to the team,” said Alex Cormack, group managing director at Sheffield Haworth. “With our business actively working across the U.S., we believe that now is the right time to establish an on-the-ground presence for our clients on the West Coast. This will enable our talent solutions to be embedded into the local ecosystem, which is particularly important in the current climate.”
Ben Richardson, global managing director, within the firm’s consulting, technology and services practice, said Sheffield Haworth is thrilled by the addition. “Sam brings a huge amount of experience and a broad network across the technology sector to our team,” he said. “As we continue to expand our Americas business and our global offering to support clients, it is essential that we have established ourselves in one of the largest technology hubs in the world.”
A Global Firm
“It is exciting that Sam is joining us to further build out our U.S. CTS practice and as part of our firm’s general expansion in the U.S.,” said Julian Bell, head of Sheffield Haworth Americas. “We will be making further appointments within CTS and other teams even as we weather the current crisis. The LA office is just one part of a broader strategy to open multiple offices across the U.S., with a presence in San Francisco also expected in the near-term. Understanding local markets is an essential part of our goal to enable all of our teams across banking, asset management, technology, real state and other sectors to service our clients’ and candidates’ needs. While we have placed executives in over 30 U.S. cities already, we want to be closer still to our clients and the pools of talent in each region than we are at present.”
Ms. Wallace said she was happy to be joining the Sheffield Haworth team. “This is a great opportunity and I am excited to work for a business which continues to challenge itself, while also remaining agile and flexible,” she said. “The philosophy and values of the firm really resonate with my own beliefs and I am looking forward to bringing this to our clients.”
Sheffield Haworth, founded in London 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 12 offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. It serves clients in the financial services, business and professional services and technology industries.
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