Louisa Wong, a Harvard Business School graduate, is the founder of China’s first and Asia’s largest executive search firm, Bó Lè Associates, which was acquired by Recruit Group, the world’s fourth largest and Japan’s largest HR service provider. In 2012 Louisa acquired Global Sage and expanded the firm into China and SEA and other industry coverages. Honesty and humility are Louisa’s hallmark of success, inspiring loyal employees and gaining trust from the world’s top business leaders. Louisa has more than 30 years of recruiting experience, specializing in CEO searches particularly in the sectors of Finance, Consumer and Manufacturing. She was recognized with the prestigious Hall of Fame Award from Recruitment International in 2014, and cited by BusinessWeek as one of the “50 Most Influential Search Consultants in the World” in 2008. Her views on important HR trends are widely recognized. She has written numerous opinion articles for and granted interviews to journalists from international media such as BBC Radio, Fortune magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time magazine, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Cable TV. A passionate philanthropist at heart, Louisa created Giving Hand in 2008, a non-profit organization with a focus on facilitating corporate giving. Giving Hand also provides seed capital, management support to NGO start ups. Louisa started her career in executive search after completing prolific stints in finance and strategic planning, first with J.P. Morgan, and then at Alexander’s Department Stores in New York. Prior to founding Bó Lè Associates in 1996, she was Managing Director of Russell Reynolds in Hong Kong. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. degree from the University of Toronto.
Insurance, Private Banking, C-Level
David Webbe is a Partner, Managing Director, Global Head of Investment Banking and Private Equity based in the Singapore office of Global Sage. David leads the global practice and also has responsibility for the South East Asia region. He 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, David 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 a 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.
Investment Banking, Real Assets, Private Equity, Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Fintech
Alastair Bruce has over twenty-five years’ experience gained in the financial services sector as an equity trader and institutional sales with two respected blue-chip organisations in the U.K. and in the Far East, and more recently as a senior executive search consultant in the UK and Asia. He has carried out senior assignments for many of the leading investment, corporate and private banks and asset management organisations across the Asian region. Alastair came to Asia in 1995 after completing an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Birmingham University in the UK.
Global Financial Services