December 7, 2020 – Global leadership advisory and executive search firm Sheffield Haworth has expanded with the addition of 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 will join the firm’s executive management committee and be responsible for key growth areas including consulting and technology services, talent development and advisory, and interim and consultancy services.
“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 number one 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.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with the high caliber team at Sheffield Haworth,” said Ms. Harley. “As its clients have evolved so too has Sheffield Haworth – the deep relationships they have fostered over the years have led to the development of these new services and expansion into rapidly growing sectors. It couldn’t be a better time to help boards and executive teams position themselves for success.”
This summer, Sheffield Haworth named Sam Wallace as a managing director to the firm’s consulting, technology and services (CTS) practice. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Wallace is 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.
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.
“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,” said Alex Cormack, group managing director at Sheffield Haworth. “This will enable our talent solutions to be embedded into the local ecosystem, which is particularly important in the current climate.”
Reinforcing Its Role
Sheffield Haworth Partners with IT Specialist Nasstar
Sheffield Haworth has partnered with recruitment IT specialist Nasstar. Through the alliance, Nasstar will provide global support for Sheffield Haworth’s 11 international offices and is also working with the firm to enhance existing systems in order to support its growth ambitions. Nasstar will deliver 24/7 global support to the firm as well as ensuring that Office 365 is configured and deployed to industry standards across all offices in order to improve efficiencies and streamline processes.
“This appointment reinforces our role in helping companies and individuals realize their potential and accelerates our ambitions to become the No. 1 challenger consultancy in people and transformational change,” said Mr. Sheffield.
Mr. McEwan has spent his career specializing in organizational culture and leadership providing development and advisory services to individual executives and wider organizations through boards, executive committees and management teams. After a 10-year career serving in the British Army, Mr. McEwan moved in-house as global head of leadership and learning at the global asset manager, Henderson (now Janus Henderson Investors). In that role, he was responsible for supporting the CEO in changing the culture, embedding the new strategy and aligning the organization behind it.
In 2013, Mr. McEwan established TMD International advising several organizations across financial services, technology, hospitality, construction and pharma sectors. In 2015, he was appointed a fellow in management practice at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School where he collaborates with the executive education department. His teaching is focused on leadership, culture and high performance in teams.
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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