ZRG Partners Names Global Head of Fintech

March 16, 2020 – ZRG Partners has continued its recent expansion with the addition of Abe Doctor as managing director and global head of the fintech practice.

Mr. Doctor joins ZRG from TritonExec where he served as managing partner and head of North America, driving double-digit annual growth in the region. Previously, he was with Korn Ferry as a leader in the professional services and digital practices. Most of his executive search career has been as a specialist in business and technology services and in growth markets where the effect of digital transformation has created new industries, including fintech and insur-tech.

“Abe Doctor brings a relevant view of how top firms are addressing talent in this sector,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “His work with leading private equity firms, their portfolio companies and technology services clients across industries has made him one of the leading consultants in the sector.”

“Leveraging ZRG’s financial practice and partnering with our other sector experts, including Michael Castine in banking, Rahul Kapur in payments and David Greenfield in insurance, Abe is able to create a dynamic blend of deep domain knowledge that complements his expertise in digitally enabled and technology services,” Mr. Hartmann said. “He will continue to partner with the most disruptive companies across sectors. We are thrilled to add Abe to our team, strengthening ZRG’s capability to advise clients across the fintech sector and within private equity and better serve these high-growth markets.”

“The way companies work with executive search firms to hire leaders has remained fundamentally unchanged for decades,” said Mr. Doctor. “Meanwhile, every other industry has embraced data, analytics and technology to grow and better serve customers. ZRG’s data-driven approach to search as well as the proprietary Zi technology and cultural assessment tools enable us to serve our clients unlike any of our competitors.”

The fintech practice at ZRG is focused on disruptive and transformational technologies and digital services across the lending, payments, insurance, banking, capital markets, private equity and blockchain areas. ZRG is uniquely positioned to provide senior-level recruitment by bringing together specialists from its financial service industry groups with the functional experts in financial officers, digital, private equity and marketing practices to provide tailored talent solutions to the fintech sector.

Other Recent Additions

ZRG also bolstered its healthcare, life sciences, IT and tech practices by adding Shelly Scott, Brian Kelley and Chuck Nees as managing directors.

Ms. Scott is a seasoned executive search consultant who brings legal, compliance, risk and privacy functional expertise to ZRG’s healthcare and life sciences practices. With 10 years of executive search experience, she has led searches from chief legal officer and chief compliance officer to vice president of risk management, privacy, investor relations, government affairs, technical operations and performance improvement. Prior to joining ZRG, Ms. Scott spent 10 years with BakerGillmore, a New York area legal and compliance boutique search firm, as chair of its healthcare and life sciences practice.


ZRG Partners Adds Recruiting Specialists Across Several Business Sectors
ZRG recently added government, cyber and security industry specialist Pete Metzger as a senior advisor and managing director. Mr. Metzger’s executive search career extends over two decades, and has earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor to business and government leaders.


Mr. Kelley adds 30 years of functional, sales, marketing and operational expertise to ZRG’s healthcare practice. Previously, he spent nearly five years with The Onstott Group, where he was a managing director with a specific focus on the healthcare industry. Before that, he served as a partner with The Buffkin Group. Mr. Kelley operated his own boutique search firm, BTK Associates, from 2005-2015.

Mr. Nees brings a track record of successful searches for C-suite GM, finance, sales and marketing, HR, operations, I/T, and engineering roles for private, public and family-owned organizations to ZRG’s technology practice. Prior to joining ZRG, Mr. Nees was co-founder of a national boutique search firm, Braswell Nees Group.

ZRG, founded in 1999, is a progressive mid-sized global executive search firm that uses a proven, data-driven approach. The firm finds leaders across a broad spectrum of business markets, including aerospace, consumer, education, healthcare services and solutions, industrial, life sciences, non-profit, private equity and venture capital and technology.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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