May 18, 2021 – Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has named Paul DeCoster as executive director in its corporate officers practice. Based in New York, he will be working closely alongside Sonjay Vishnupad to develop and nurture new and existing relationships with clients across the financial services space. “We are delighted Paul has joined us at Sheffield Haworth,” said Mr. Vishnupad, managing director and regional head of the firm’s corporate officers practice. “I am excited to grow the corporate officers practice area offering our clients an additional breadth of expertise to help them find leading talent for their businesses across legal, risk, compliance, cybersecurity and finance functions.”
“As we continue to develop our capabilities and solutions across the U.S., now is an exciting time to be joining Sheffield Haworth,” said Julian Bell, head of the firm’s Americas region. “We have ambitious growth plans through 2021, and we are looking forward to welcoming additional hires into the team to help us expand and better serve our clients across the U.S. and Canada.”
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Mr. DeCoster was formerly at Marlin Hawk, where he was the North American practice lead for legal, risk, compliance and security. He focused on serving clients in the financial services sector, specializing in roles across cybersecurity, legal, risk and compliance functions. Prior to that, Mr. DeCoster was a consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates where he was a core member of the global banking and markets, and legal officers practice groups. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a law degree from Fordham University Law School.
“I am very pleased to join the team at Sheffield Haworth,” Mr. DeCoster said. “I feel that my experience will help us to grow our business actively across buy- and sell-side financial institutions and corporates and help strengthen relationships across multiple practice groups.”
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.
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In another move, Sheffield Haworth recently added Georgina Harley, formerly a partner at Mercer Consulting, as a group managing director and head of new sectors and services. In the newly created role, Ms. Harley joined the executive management committee and is responsible for key growth areas including consulting and technology services, talent development and advisory, and interim and consultancy services.
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“We are thrilled that Georgina will be joining the team at Sheffield Haworth,” said Tim Sheffield, the firm’s chairman. “After a challenging year, we are looking forward to developing new services with our clients and accelerating the growth of the business in line with our strategic goals. Our aim is to be the No. 1 challenger consultancy in people and transformational change.”
During her 19-year career with Mercer, a human resource consulting business, she held a number of management and leadership roles in Sydney and London, including P&L management of growth businesses, international expansion of products and services, led multiple acquisitions and integrations, and managed cross functional teams. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and statistics from Australia National University and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
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