Theodore D. Petrara Joins Ward Howell International as Partner and Global Head of Insurance and Alternative Investments

NEW YORK, September 1, 2016 — Global executive search firm Ward Howell International is pleased to announce that Theodore Petrara has joined as partner and global leader of the firm’s insurance and alternative investments practice groups. Mr. Petrara is based in the firm’s New York office. His team will deliver retained search and leadership advisory services to insurers, reinsurers, hedge funds, and other originators and investors in the alternative risk transfer space.

Prior to joining Ward Howell International, Mr. Petrara served as chief executive officer of Ethical Integrity Corporate Standards SA, a Geneva-based corporate governance consultancy. Prior to this, he was a group executive and global head of talent and corporate development at Flagstone Reinsurance (NYSE: FSR), where he led the company’s global people strategy.

Before Flagstone, Mr. Petrara spent almost 20 years at several leading executive search firms building and/or managing their capital markets, insurance, and hedge fund search practices. His key focus was on leadership and governance consulting in the C-suite and at the board level. Earlier in his career, Mr. Petrara was a fixed income and convertible bond trader.

Mr. Petrara earned a B.Sc. in physics and a B.A. in philosophy from the State University of New York, where he was a national merit scholar, and was a PH.D student in philosophy and logical systems at the University of Florence. He resides in Oyster Bay, N.Y. with his wife and four children.

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