Financial Services

The forces of globalization, consolidation, and convergence have been changing the landscape of financial services for years. The pace of change has accelerated in the age of disruption, with increasing risks, regulation and complexity. Financial firms are innovating and shifting towards more agile business models, so they can compete with fintech companies and new entrants in the industry. Artificial intelligence and big data have also pressed firms to innovate

What We Do

The Financial Services Practice at August Leadership presents exceptional leaders to build great organizations. With Partner-led attention to every assignment and proven research methodology, we quickly access and attract strategic and agile talent that can both compete in today’s changing landscape and pilot companies and organizations to future success.

Our diverse group of consultants are entrepreneurial and collaborative in their thinking and approach and offer deep industry expertise across sectors to recruit top talent in this highly competitive, rapidly transforming industry.

Our Expertise

  • Corporate & Investment Banking
  • Consumer & Commercial Banking
  • Payments
  • Technology/Fintech
  • Insurance

Practice Team

Eva Shaw


Eva has over 23 years of global executive search experience in a variety of industry sectors particularly in the CEE region.

John Purkiss


John has over 25 years’ experience in executive search. He set up and ran the CFO Practice in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office, and was promoted to Partner. Since then he has recruited senior executives and board members for a wide range of companies.

Peter Grech


Peter has over 20 years of experience in an executive search spanning several continents. His expertise includes Insurance, Financial Services, nonprofits, Human Capital, Digital Transformation, Data Analytics, and Risk Management.

Christine Sobhani


Christine Sobhani brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to August Leadership. She is a leader in the talent acquisition and talent management space with a focus in HR and leadership roles across industries.

Mrinalini Singh


Highly driven and a perfectionist by nature, Mrinalini is committed to her clients, candidates and colleagues.

Gavin O' Malley


Gavin has been working in executive search for the last 13 years, having previously spent 10 years in international and local marketing roles at Unilever.

Carilyn Quigley 


Carilyn has started and grown two executive search firms in her search career. These search firms focused in a range of different markets which is the reason that Carilyn now successfully executes senior appointments across a wide range of industries.

Eugenio Riquelme


Eugenio has deep practical experience as a search consultant and leadership advisor at both public and private boards, C-suite, and business heads level, mainly in the financial sector and financial function in various industries.

Mary Macleod


As a trusted leadership advisor to Boards, Mary chairs the Board & CEO Practice at August Leadership. She focuses on CEO, Board Director and Non-Executive appointments, as well as succession and Board/leadership effectiveness.

Susan Waweru 

Advisory External Resource

Susan has over fifteen years’ experience sourcing the most exceptional candidates across sectors in international development, including public health, life sciences, climate change, environment, advocacy, agriculture research, and development finance.

Kathy Tompkins


Kathy has more than 25 years of executive search experience in the financial services industry. She approaches the hiring of executives and board members through a global lens, and her commitment to diversity and inclusion, women’s equality, and compliance with ESG standards is at the forefront of her work

José López


José entered the Search profession in 2004 after 10 years in strategy consulting and 2 years line experience in consumer goods. 

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