Sheffield Haworth Appoints Head of Financial Services and PE Practice in India

March 11, 2024 – Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has expanded with the addition of Avneesh Raghuvanshi as executive director and head of financial services and private equity practice in India. He will be based in the Mumbai and Delhi offices, overseeing and driving the executive search initiatives in India’s financial services sector and private equity domain. “Avneesh’s appointment aligns with our commitment to delivering exceptional talent solutions to our clients,” said Alex Cormack, CEO of Sheffield Haworth. “His track record and industry expertise make him an invaluable asset to our global organization. We are excited about the positive outlook for India and the opportunity to expand on our considerable success in the country and partner with our clients on their growth ambitions.”

With a career spanning over 25 years, Mr. Raghuvanshi has experience in CxO-level searches for financial services clients and private equity funds, including their portfolio companies. Prior to joining Sheffield Haworth, he established and managed the India business for Pedersen & Partners. Prior to that, Mr. Raghuvanshi was a partner with GKR. Daulet-Singh, where he a team of researchers and mentoring them to move into the role of a consultant. During his career, he also gained experience with Anthill Executive Search, Accord Group Executive Search, and Executive Access (India) Pvt Ltd.

“I am honored to be a part of Sheffield Haworth, a renowned global firm. I look forward to contributing to the success of our clients by providing strategic leadership solutions in the financial services and private equity landscape.”

“This appointment marks a significant milestone for Sheffield Haworth as the firm continues to strengthen its leadership team to better serve clients globally,” the firm said. “The organization is confident that Avneesh Raghuvanshi’s leadership will further enhance its position as a trusted executive search and consulting services partner.”

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 Leadership Appointments

Sheffield Haworth recently announced a series of management appointments. In January, Mr. Cormack was named as CEO. In this newly created role, he is responsible for delivering the corporate strategy set by the board and chairing the executive management committee. Mr. Cormack has been responsible for the financial services and real assets practices globally and personally leads the alternative investments practice. He is also chair of the group’s executive management committee. Mr. Cormack focuses on senior executive search in financial services, working in partnership with a range of clients including institutional investors, Sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, alternative investors and investment banks.

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

Patrick Meehan has been appointed as the chief financial and operating officer, expanding his role from group finance director. He will oversee the financial and operational health of the company and drive strategic planning on behalf of the board, reporting directly to the CEO. Mr. Meehan joined Sheffield Haworth in 2015, prior to this he worked for GVC Holdings PLC, managing their group financial reporting function.

Sheffield Haworth Acquires Symbiosis Search
Sheffield Haworth has acquired Symbiosis Search, an executive search consultancy for leadership roles across fast-growth enterprise software and SaaS companies. 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.

Sheffield Haworth also named Emily Von Kohorn as a member of the executive management committee. She will continue as co-head of the global real assets practice alongside Jennifer Novack. Ms. Von Kohorn joined Sheffield Haworth in 2017. Based in New York, she brings a background in real estate asset management, development, capital raising, and investor relations from Tishman Speyer, Fir Tree Partners, and her own advisory firm.

Julian Bell has been appointed as global head of the banking and markets practices in addition to his current position as head of the U.S. region. He specializes in corporate banking, investment banking, M&A, equity & debt capital markets, private equity and infrastructure, covering the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Over the years, Mr. Bell has completed senior assignments in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil in addition to the U.K., Europe, Russia, Middle East and South Africa. He joined Sheffield Haworth in 2004 in London, before moving to New York in 2007.

Lastly, Jennifer Novack, co-head of the global real assets practice, and Helen Tudor, managing director and global head of diversity, equity and inclusion, have been appointed to the senior advisory board, advising on strategic and corporate governance matters and acting as senior ambassadors for the group.

Related: Sheffield Haworth Expands in New York

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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