Sheffield Haworth Announces Promotions after Record Breaking 2018

February 1, 2019 – Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has announced numerous promotions across their global offices to recognize individuals’ exceptional performance and contribution to the business after a record breaking 2018.

Among the 21 promotions include six new managing directors based in the New York, London and Hong Kong offices. These include: Sarah Harte and Jennifer Montalvo – global markets; Emily von Kohorn – global real estate; William Bown global banking; Chris Smailes – asset management; and Helen Tudor – business & professional services.

In addition, Charles Bruce-Smythe has been promoted to global head of asset management. He has been with the business since 2000, significantly contributing to the success of the asset management team and completing numerous assignments across the U.K., Europe and the Middle East.

The promotions come after a highly successful year for Sheffield Haworth, which saw the company’s net fee income rise by 48 percent from 2017 and an increase in headcount of 14 percent, marking a record breaking 25th anniversary year for the business.

To continue to support sustainable growth across the firm, Alex Cormack, group managing director, and Patrick Meehan, chief financial officer, were elected to the board of directors further strengthening the experience and expertise of the executive team. In addition, Toby Francis joined the organization as chief commercial officer taking a seat on the executive management committee. He was previously COO of Omerta Group.

Growing Search Firm

Last year also saw Sheffield Haworth invest heavily in its global capability to ensure continued expansion into key markets. This included the acquisition of Gillamor Stephens, a digital and technology sector recruiting firm, which became Sheffield Haworth’s newly created global digital and technology practice and continues to trade under the Gillamor Stephens brand.

Sheffield Haworth also noted that “greater collaboration between practices has brought further diversification to the client base across the group and wider access to pools of talent.” This has been helped by the appointment of Tom Forrest to lead the consulting solutions practice, enabling Sheffield Haworth to offer its clients a greater range of leadership and talent services; further hires in the team are planned. In the coming months, the firm’s New York office will also be expanding its corporate officers practice in the U.S. with a new senior hire.


Options Group, On Track for Record Year, Expands Partnership

Options Group, one of the nation’s leading executive search firms, announces 40 promotions amongst record growth in revenues and headcount. Headquartered in New York and with offices in 14 major markets around the world, the firm is on track for a stellar year. Revenues and headcount are way up, according to a spokesman. The search firm, a global talent provider to the financial services sector, offers market intelligence, talent mapping and strategic consulting advice to a host of blue chip clients. The firm reached a longevity milestone in 2018, celebrating 25 years in business.

“Our growth continues to be exponential across products and regions,” said chief growth officer Richard Stein. “Our leading technologies and new products & services have allowed us to enlarge our conversations within the C-suite of financial services and technology companies globally and the future requires us to infuse talent management with applied predictive analytics. We’re now called in not just to hire, but to onboard, develop and retain the best talent.”


A key part of the firm’s continued growth has been investment in infrastructure particularly across HR, marketing and operations. In recent months, Sheffield Haworth added Debbie Gazzard as head of HR and Francesca Parsell as head of marketing. The firm also said that in the weeks ahead it will hire a senior operations lead in the New York office to head U.S. operations, with further global appointments in the pipeline. “These appointments will enable the business to assess and streamline its processes and operations, achieving greater efficiencies and cost savings while developing talent acquisition and retention strategies,” Sheffield Haworth said.

Sheffield Haworth told Hunt Scanlon Media that this year it will continue to invest in its consulting teams across the globe in key areas, including technology, professional services and financial services, offering clients a truly holistic approach to talent and leadership advisory.

Celebrating Success

“We are delighted to celebrate the success of these individuals and the company’s performance, which demonstrates the hard work and contribution made from all parts of the business,” said Alex Cormack, group managing director. “2018 was an exceptional year for Sheffield Haworth achieved through increased collaboration, entrepreneurial spirit, ambition and hard work.”

“The investments we have made and continue to make in our people and operations demonstrates the commitment to our clients and candidates to deliver a holistic solution to their talent and leadership advisory requirements across the financial services, business & professional services and technology services sectors,” Mr. Cormack said. “We are looking forward to supporting existing clients and welcoming new ones in 2019 and continuing to develop and grow our teams globally to better serve our customers and pools of talent.”

Sheffield Haworth, which was 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. Sheffield Haworth 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.

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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