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Executive Search In Global Financial Services and Commodities
Global Sage is a retained executive search firm that specializes in financial services and commodities industries. Over the past 20 years, we have become a global leader in talent acquisition. We have been recognized as the No. 1 or No. 2 executive search firm for 12 consecutive years by major international publications.
With operations in eleven key locations around the world, we pride ourselves on a unique ability to combine a personalised, boutique-type service with a world-class level of resources that is typically reserved for the largest firms.
We continuously invest in the latest technology to drive and support our general and client-specific research. This technology allows us to capture the most accurate intelligence regarding human and organizational capital. Our proprietary system, SAGE (Systematic Access to Global Executives), drives the tracking of nearly 500,000 financial services executives from nearly every country in the world. Information is gathered through a combination of our local, intensive intelligence gathering and our South Africa-based centralized intelligence management unit.
Senior leadership at Global Sage is comprised of eleven managing directors who work from key locations around the world. This group leads Global Sage’s core practice areas in three geographical regions. The firm currently employs 30 consultants around the world.
Partner, Global Chief Information Officer
Kate Sunley is a Partner, Global Chief Information Officer in the Johannesburg office of Global Sage. Kate brings over 20 years of experience as the Global Head of Executive Search Research, and also runs the intelligence management unit and the South African office for the firm. In her role, she is responsible for the firm’s entire information management system, including all technology and competitive intelligence gathering. Since joining Global Sage, Kate has led the creation of the firm’s global proprietary database, which now automates much of the massive data gathering used by the firm to track movements and performance over time. Prior to joining Global Sage, Kate was a founding member of the research team at Executive Access in the Asia Pacific region. Kate is a South African national and has lived and worked in Hong Kong, London and Johannesburg.
Direct Line: (+27) 11 447 9313
Louisa Wong is an Executive Chairman based in the Beijing and Hong Kong offices of Global Sage. Previously, Louisa was an Executive Chairman of BoLe Associates, which she founded in 1996 and built to be China’s and Asia’s largest recruitment firm with over 550 consultants. With over 25 years of executive search experience, Louisa is one of the industry’s most respected professionals. She has led and executed mandates in Asia and globally with a specialization in CEO and Governance assignments. Prior to founding BoLe Associates, Louisa was a long-time Partner at Russell Reynolds and was previously with J.P. Morgan. Louisa has been based in both New York and Asia for the majority of her professional and academic career. Louisa holds a BA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Direct Line: (+852) 2872 2538
Tom Tahl is a Managing Director based in the New York office of Global Sage. Tom brings over 21 years of industry and recruiting experience. He formerly co-headed the Alternative Investments and Marketing practice at Hudson Gate Partners, a boutique search firm in New York. Prior to this, he worked at Options Group in New York, where he focused on placing mid-to senior-level marketing and investment candidates on the buy-side. Before entering search, Tom worked for several large banks and asset management firms. He served as a portfolio manager in the fund of hedge funds business at Merrill Lynch and was responsible for the alternative investment practice in the high-net-worth client division of Neuberger Berman and Lehman Brothers. Tom began his career as an FX options trader at Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. Tom holds a BA from University of Washington with a concentration in finance and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business with a concentration in statistics and finance.
Direct Line: (+1) 646 557 3005
Douglas G. Mann
Douglas G. Mann is a Managing Director based in the New York office of Global Sage. Douglas brings over 20 years of experience working within the executive search industry focused on leading and executing assignments in all sectors of the insurance industry and across all functions, including engagements for clients within the Property and Casualty, Life/Annuity, Reinsurance, and Health insurance sectors. In addition to working with large established Insurance organizations, Douglas has also worked with start-up and early stage companies, assisting in the development and execution of their talent acquisition initiatives. Douglas is leading the development of a high-touch global insurance industry practice for Global Sage in the U.S. market, leveraging the firm’s deep relationships across the insurance/FS sector to build a robust capability. The capacity to dive down deep and work broadly for client organizations comes from Doug’s long-term experience and primary focus on the insurance sector. Prior to joining Global Sage, Douglas had operated his own firm for five years and he was also a Partner in the Global Insurance Practice with The Caldwell Partners. Douglas started his executive search career with TMP Worldwide Executive Search, which was later spun off as Highland Partners, now part of Heidrick & Struggles. Douglas holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University.
Direct Line: (+646) 557 3016
Partner, Global Head of Investment Banking & Private Equity
David Webbe is a Partner, Global Head of Investment Banking and Private Equity based in the Singapore office of Global Sage. He leads the global practice and also has responsibility for the South East Asia region. David is a highly experienced search professional with a keen understanding of the banking industry as well as executives’ strengths and capabilities. He also has extensive experience in private equity deal decision making and the skills required from professionals to secure the best returns for investors. He joined Global Sage after five years at Korn Ferry, where he was Senior Client Partner and Head of Global Financial Services for South East Asia. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Webbe International, a boutique financial services search firm in Singapore. He played a key role in the development of the business when he moved to Asia in 2002. He has been consistently ranked as a leading professional in the field, achieving No 2 ranking in 2006, in the AsiaMoney Headhunters Poll for the investment banking category. David holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Direct Line: +(65) 6221 7933
Sera Li is a Partner based in the Hong Kong office of Global Sage. She provides Executive Search, Market Intelligence and Strategic Consulting services to the firm's global and regional clients within the financial services industry, including Investment Banks, Asset Management and other Alternative Investment firms (hedge funds, private equity and proprietary trading firms). Having lived in both New York and Hong Kong for the past 11 years, Sera has gained extensive experience in completing cross border buildout mandates with US and European clients establishing a presence in Asia, particularly in Greater China, as well as Asian clients expanding into global markets. Sera holds a Masters degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She is native Mandarin speaker and fluent in English, as well as some Cantonese and German.
Direct Line: (+852) 2872 2520
Partner, Global Head of Insurance
Rod Haire is a Partner, Global Head of Insurance based in the Hong Kong office of Global Sage. Rod has a strong focus on all sectors of the Insurance industry. Prior to joining Global Sage, Rod worked at Asia Carbon Search as the Head of Asia Insurance Practice. He was responsible for building the firm’s Asia Pacific Insurance practice as well as executing senior level assignments across the financial services spectrum. Prior to that, he was a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International. He has led and completed C suite assignments globally, regionally and many in country roles across Asia. Before moving into search, Rod had a 25 year career in Banking and Insurance, living and working in a number of countries across the UK, Middle East, Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong, where he was in senior management and leadership roles, including as CEO, leading companies based on the Isle of Man, Indonesia and Vietnam. He began his search career in 2006. Rod holds a MA in Economics from Cambridge University, UK.
Direct Line: (+852) 2872 2529
Partner, Global Head of Investment Management
Doug Brown is a Partner, Global Head of Investment Management - Asset Management based in the New York office of Global Sage. Doug brings over 13 years of experience in working with senior investment professionals in the asset management industry. Prior to joining Global Sage, Doug was Managing Director and Co-Head of the Investment Search Practice at Broadreach Group. For six years, he served as the Director of Institutional Investor’s Fixed Income Forum, an institute for chief investment officers and heads of fixed income departments at 50 of the top U.S. bond managers. He went on to become a Senior Vice President at Cantor Fitzgerald Debt Capital Markets and Research Manager at Nine Peaks Capital, a $500m fund of funds. In the early part of his career, Doug was an award-winning financial journalist for Reuters and Institutional Investor. He covered the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. as well as the mortgage and corporate bond markets in New York. Doug holds a BA in Government from Franklin and Marshall College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Direct Line: (+1) 646 557 3036
Partner, Head of Japan
Hirokazu Tamura is a Partner, Head of Japan based in the Tokyo office of Global Sage. Hirokazu brings over 16 years of financial services executive search experience to the firm. Since joining Global Sage, he has been instrumental in building out the Japan search practice across traditional and alternative asset management; wealth management; investment banking and private equity, placing senior investment, distribution and operations professionals across the financial services industry. In 2016, he was recognized as the “Outstanding Recruiter of the year in Japan” by Recruitment International. Hirokazu attended Toyama College of Foreign Languages. He speaks fluent English and Japanese.
Direct Line: (+81) 3 4530 9747
Partner, Head of CFO, Risk & Compliance, Asia
Joyce Ng is a Partner based in the Hong Kong office of Global Sage. Joyce brings over 17 years of experience to the firm. Joyce joined Global Sage in 2015 and focuses on CFO, Legal, Risk and Compliance assignments. Over the past decade, she has been a prominent executive recruiter for the Finance and Legal function, with a particular focus on the Private Equity, Financial Services, and Hong Kong Conglomerates. Prior to joining Global Sage, Joyce was a Director of the Talent Acquisition team at UBS. Previously, she spent more than 15 years at Bole Associates. Joyce holds a BA from University of Toronto. She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Direct Line: (+852) 2872 2595
President Emeritus & Senior Advisor
May Koon is President Emeritus and Senior Advisor to Global Sage. During her time with Global Sage, she was consistently ranked Asia’s No. 1 executive search consultant in asset management, equities and investment banking for more than a decade. Previously, May was the Co-Head of Asian Equities at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley and played a key part in bringing each firm into the top tier of its league. Prior to that, she was with Lehman Brothers, starting the US Institutional Sales and the Asian Equities desks for the firm. She began her career in the US equities and commodities markets working for and later managing PaineWebber in Asia. May holds a B.A. from the University of Hong Kong.
Partner, Global Head of Asset Management
Silvie Buchs is a Partner, Global Head of Asset Management based in the Zurich office of Global Sage. Silvie brings over 18 years of executive search experience to the firm and specializes in Asset Management and Private Wealth Management. Since joining Global Sage in 2007, she has been instrumental in building out the European asset and wealth management practice. Silvie has completed numerous assignments for traditional and alternative asset managers as well as private wealth managers in Europe and globally with her search practice spanning investment management, distribution and relationship management across developed and emerging markets. Prior to joining Global Sage, Silvie established and managed her own executive search firm, focusing on EMEA Financial Services, for five years. She began her professional career with Korn/Ferry International, where she managed senior financial services assignments. Silvie holds an MBA from Cass Business School, London and a BA in Business Administration from the Anglo-American University, Prague. She speaks English, German and Czech.
Direct Line: (+41) 44 208 3801
Partner, Head of Consumer Markets, Asia
Nancy Yick is a Partner, Head of Consumer Markets Practice based in the Hong Kong office of Global Sage. Nancy has over 21 years of executive search experience covering Consumer, Properties and Pharmaceutics Sectors across the region. Nancy’s core competencies are in handling senior level hires for both multinational and local organizations across different functions and industries. Previously, Nancy was the Managing Director at Bo Le Associates and prior to that, she also worked at Russell Reynolds.
Direct Line: (+852) 2872 2533
Nancy Li is a Managing Director based in the Hong Kong office of Global Sage. Nancy focuses on originating and executing on various mandates including FICC, Equities, IBD as well as Buy Side assignments such as Asset Managers, Hedge funds across the Greater China region. Previously, she spent more than seven and a half years at Options Group Hong Kong, a Global executive search firm, where she started as a Researcher and later become a Consultant with strong client relationships and good connections within regional financial markets. Prior to this, she worked for Euro Search, a regional executive search firm for less than one year. Nancy holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She speaks native Mandarin and fluent English and Cantonese.
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