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.

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.

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

Jason Wagner


Jason is a seasoned talent advisor with a strong focus on Southeast Asia, specifically in sectors such as banking, private equity, asset management, insurance, professional services, as well as digital transformation, consumer, and hospitality.

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.

Waichiro Hayashi


As an experienced executive recruiter and senior executive for multinational corporations, Waichiro provides consultative support and expertise for firms who believe that leadership change and/or counseling will dramatically improve performance. He focuses on senior level assignments for multinational firms undertaking business in Japan and Asia-Pacific in the Industrial, Technology, Life Science and Professional Services.

José López


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

Hank Flores


Hank concentrates on assignments for senior leaders who drive growth, typically for companies seeking to improve strategic focus on their customers and consumers. 

Michelle Partipilo


Her experience spans a range of industries and sectors including but not limited to sports & entertainment, technology, not-for-profit, travel/tourism & hospitality, alternative energy and real estate. Functionally, Michelle’s specializes in VP, C-suite, and Board level searches primarily.

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