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Focus areas

We have partnered with a broad range of alternative investors, ranging from private credit managers to some of the world’s top asset owners, on searches for specialised roles.

Chief Invesment Officers

Team Lift-outs

Portfolio Managers

Research Analysts and Strategists

Economists

Sales and Business Development

Consultant Relations

Client Portfolio Managers and Product Specialists

Marketing and Communications

Recent track record

We are proud to announce the following placements:

2021 has been a record year in which we completed some of the most prominent retained searches for asset managers around the world. 

Our consultants

Douglas Brown

Partner, Managing Director
New York
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Douglas Brown is a Partner, Managing Director and Global Head of Investment Management – Asset Management based in the New York office of Global Sage. Doug brings over 14 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.

Specialization
Private Equity, Traditional Asset Management, Investment Banking

Simon Barzilay

Partner, Managing Director
London
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Simon Barzilay is a Partner, Managing Director based in the London office of Global Sage. He has over 30 years of capital markets and executive search experience and works closely with hedge funds, traditional asset managers, investment banks and private equity firms across all asset classes. Prior to joining Global Sage, Simon served as the founder and head of LFR Search, a boutique financial services search firm, which in 2016, received recognition for Best Investment Focused Recruiter in UK and Asia by Investor Review. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was a manager in Ernst & Young’s Corporate Finance division in both London and Hong Kong before moving into Asian equity research with Schroders, where he worked in both Hong Kong and South Korea. He also worked in Asian equity sales and execution services in London with BZW, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and was Head of Lehman Brothers’ Asian equities business in Europe. Simon holds a BA in Accountancy and Finance from Heriot-Watt University.

Specialization
Asset Management, Investment Banking, Global Markets, Private Equity, C-Suite

Hirokazu Tamura

Partner, Managing Director
Tokyo
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Hirokazu Tamura is a Partner, Managing Director and Head of Japan based in the Tokyo office of Global Sage. He brings over 17 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 assets, placing senior investment, distribution, product and operations professionals across the financial services industry. In 2016, Hirokazu 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.

Specialization
Asset Management, Private Assets, Investment Banking, Global Markets, Private Banking, C-Level

Mathew Welch

Managing Director
Singapore
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Mathew Welch has some 25 years of senior executive experience in financial markets in Asia, having built businesses and led teams, executed transactions and managed projects in most major Asian countries. Mathew is also an experienced Independent Board Director in Banking and the Financial Sector.

He brings to Global Sage strong domain knowledge across Wholesale and Investment Banking, Insurance, Asset Management, Corporate Governance and FinTech. Mathew has worked for McKinsey, Merrill Lynch, Temasek, Standard Chartered Bank, ING, and Daiwa, including roles at Managing Director level, through an outstanding career across Asia.  He was, for example, an MD at Temasek Holdings investing in Financial Institutions, and prior to that he was at Standard Chartered as Head of the Financial Institutions Group in Asia, overseeing all their business with banks and insurance companies.

Educated in the United States and the UK, Mathew has an MBA degree with high distinction from the Harvard Business School (1993) and holds an MA Degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from the University of Oxford.

Specialization
Global Investment Banking, Private Equity, Asset Management

David Webbe

Partner, Managing Director
Singapore
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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.

Specialization
Investment Banking, Real Assets, Private Equity, Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Fintech

Magdalena Wojdat

Director
New York
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Magdalena Wojdat is a Director in the New York office of Global Sage. She has over 15 years of international experience in executive search, talent management and human resources. Magdalena works with hedge funds, traditional asset managers, investment banks and private equity firms. Prior to joining Global Sage, Magdalena served as an international HR Business Partner for a tech firm. She is a certified talent assessor and her background includes extensive work in assessing and developing leadership competencies of mid to senior-level management in Europe and the U.S. Magdalena holds a MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Brunel University in London.

Sera Li

Partner, Managing Director
China
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Sera Li is a Partner, Managing Director 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 a native Mandarin speaker and is fluent in English, as well as some Cantonese and German.

Specialization
Private Equity, Traditional Asset Management, Investment Banking

Linus Choi

Director
Hong Kong
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Linus Choi has extensive search experience in Emerging Markets Financial Services. He has participated in and completed front office mandates (sales, trading, research, portfolio management and risk) in the HK/China markets and in multiple asset classes, such as equities, credit, and rates. Prior to joining Global Sage, Linus spearheaded the research and execution function for Novo, a boutique financial services search firm focused on emerging markets front office recruitment. He is a Hong Kong native and holds a degree in Economics from University College of London.

Sophia Yan

Director
Hong Kong
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Sophia Yan is a seasoned executive search professional of 10 years, with a proven track record of recruiting business-leading senior executives.

Sophia was recently part of the team that successfully placed CEOs for the Hong Kong Exchange and the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. She has also successfully recruited for asset management firms, private equity, investment banks, REITs and listed companies.

Sophia started her career as a journalist with the Financial Times, London and then moved to Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Securities as an institutional saleswoman in Hong Kong & China equities. Following this, she was an Executive Director at Yue Xiu Property Group (stock code:123), a mainland Chinese company listed in Hong Kong where she oversaw capital market transactions that netted over USD$500 Million.