Our partners and Managing Directors are
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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.
Private Equity, Traditional Asset Management, Investment Banking
Joyce Ng is a Partner, Managing Director based in the Hong Kong office of Global Sage. Joyce brings over 23 years of experience to the firm. She 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 functions, with a particular focus on Private Equity and Financial Services, as well as Hong Kong Conglomerates. Prior to joining Global Sage, Joyce was a Director of the Talent Acquisition team at UBS. She also spent more than 15 years at Bo Le Associates. Joyce holds a BA degree from University of Toronto and speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Private Equity, Investment Banking, Fintech, Finance, Risk & Compliance, Start-Ups
Douglas G. Mann
Douglas G. Mann is a Managing Director based in the Los Angeles office of Global Sage. Douglas brings over 21 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. He 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. He 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.
Insurance, Finance, Risk & Compliance
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.
Asset Management, Investment Banking, Global Markets, Private Equity, C-Suite
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.
Asset Management, Private Assets, Investment Banking, Global Markets, Private Banking, C-Level
Ati Simatupang is a Partner, Managing Director based in the Jakarta office of Global Sage. She brings over 22 years of experience in executive search. Prior to joining Global Sage, Ati was one of the founding members of Bo Le Associates, with her last position as Chief Client Officer of Southeast Asia. In this role, she was involved in the opening of each office within Southeast Asia for the firm. She has developed a solid knowledge of the Southeast Asian market with its dynamic, culturally diverse talent pool, and complex organization changes unique to emerging markets. She has travelled frequently to visit and develop client relations in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar. She specializes in recruiting senior executives including: Regional Heads, CEOs, CFOs, Country Managers, Presidents and Managing Directors for a wide range of industries, mainly across Financial Services such as Consumer Banking, Consumer Finance, Commercial Banking, Investment Banking, Private Equity and other industries such as FMCG, Retail and Industrial. As a search consultant, Ati is known for her expertise in handling complicated HR and recruitment issues that face companies expanding their operations at a rapid rate, as well as business start-ups in a challenging environment in an emerging market. Ati holds a BA in Business Studies and Marketing from William Business College in Sydney.
Luxury, Retail & Consumer Goods, Real Estate, Insurance, Fintech, Finance, Risk & Compliance, Start-Ups
Fung Mei Yip
Fung Mei Yip is a Partner, Managing Director of Insurance and Regional HR Practice Leader based in the Hong Kong office of Global Sage. Fung Mei brings over 26 years of experience in human resources management, talent acquisition, executive recruitment and talent management. Previously, she worked with Prudential Corporation Asia as Head of Strategic Resourcing, where she was responsible for executive search and talent assessment for both the insurance and asset management businesses across the region. Prior to that, Fung Mei was with Royal Bank of Scotland as Head of Resourcing, North Asia. She also held senior HR/staffing roles at Agilent Technologies and Motorola. Earlier in her career she worked as a management consultant with PwC. Fung Mei holds a degree in Business Studies from the University of Liverpool.
C-Suite, Insurance, Reinsurance, Insurtech, Human Resources, Advanced Technology, Sustainability and ESG, Government and Public Affairs
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, Boards / Governance, Sustainability and ESG
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
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.
Private Equity, Traditional Asset Management, Investment Banking
Nancy Yick is a Partner, Managing Director and Head of Consumer Markets based in the Hong Kong office of Global Sage. She has over 22 years of executive search experience covering the Consumer, Properties and Pharmaceutical 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, she was a Managing Director at Bo Le Associates and had also worked at Russell Reynolds.
Luxury, Retail & Consumer Goods, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Fintech, Start-Ups
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.
Global Investment Banking, Private Equity, Asset Management
Queenie Chen has over 20 years of executive search and Human Resources management experience in Taiwan and China.
Prior to joining Global Sage, Queenie worked for Asia Pulp & Paper as a Vice GM for Global Talent Acquisition and was based in Shanghai for 6 years. She also worked for one of the largest worldwide footwear manufacturers and a networking manufacturer as HR Director.
Before moving to Shanghai, Queenie was Managing Director for Bo Le Associates Taiwan for 10 years, leading the Taiwan business and operations. She mainly focuses on the Consumer Goods, Retail, Telecom, Banking & Finance, and Manufacturing industries, with proven track records in searching for GM- and C-level positions in Taiwan, China, SEA, Australia, and the US.
Luxury, Retail & Consumer Goods, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics & Sourcing
Joyce Soo is a Partner, Managing Director for the Consumer & Industrial practice. She is based in the Kuala Lumpur office of Global Sage. Joyce brings over 17 years of experience in senior-level executive search across a wide range of industrial and consumer businesses. Previously, she was Managing Director and Co-Regional Lead for the Consumer and Industrial Practice, Asia at Bo Le Associates. She has successfully led and delivered a significant number of search assignments for clients ranging from medium-sized and family-owned companies, to private equity as well as large global organizations. Her core areas of expertise lie within the following markets/sectors: Consumer Goods/FMCG, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences as well as Manufacturing and Industrial. Joyce holds a degree in Business Administration from University of Wales in the UK. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Luxury, Retail & Consumer Goods, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Finance, Risk & Compliance
With over 30 years of executive search experience, Xavier Alix works out of Paris, New York, and Hong Kong and concentrates on C-level and Board Director positions for a wide range of clients, particularly in the Consumer, Industrial, Life Science, and Advanced Technology sectors. His clients are mostly large international companies, for which he conducts searches for positions in the USA, Europe, and Asia.
Xavier started his career in executive search in New York with Russell Reynolds Associates, eventually becoming Managing Director in their Paris office. He then co-founded Odgers Berndtson, one of the leading Executive Search firms in Europe, and was Chairman of Berndtson, their European operations. Prior to becoming an Executive Search Consultant, Xavier worked in Frankfurt, Germany for the Management Board of Hoechst AG, then the world’s largest pharmaceutical group and subsequently merged into Sanofi-Aventis. He was also General Manager, France for Lotus Development Corp., a leading US microcomputer software company now part of IBM.
Xavier holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.S. degree in Engineering from Ecole Centrale.
Brad Davidoff is a Managing Director in the New York office of Global Sage. Brad brings over 30 years of broad fixed income portfolio management experience and has a wealth of knowledge about the capital markets. Prior to joining Global Sage, Brad was Senior Portfolio Manager / Managing Director at the New York office of FMS-WM Servicing Group, a fixed income asset manager. At FMS, Brad was responsible for the portfolio management and credit risk reporting of FMS’s non-muni U.S. exposures. Prior to FMS, Brad held portfolio management positions at Collineo Asset Management, Hypovereinsbank and TCW Group. Brad is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He completed his Master of Business Administration – Finance at New York University and he holds a BA in Accounting from Syracuse University.
Kong is a highly experienced executive search professional with a proven track record of placing senior leaders across Greater China and the Asia Pacific region. As a Managing Director at Global Sage and the Head of Technology and Industrial Markets, based out of the firm’s Hong Kong office, Kong brings over 25 years of experience in executive search and leadership consulting. He has worked extensively with clients looking to transform, whether a start-up, turn-around, or new market entry, and is both a business partner and a world-class recruiter.
Kong’s expertise lies in recruiting C-level executives and senior management across various functions in the complex emerging market of China. He has a demonstrated track record of building out management teams for Tech start-ups across APAC and Europe. In addition, Kong advises on executive hiring and retention strategy, employer branding, talent mapping, succession planning, and market intelligence. Prior to joining Global Sage, Kong held leadership positions in two other top global executive search firms and led the creation of the Technology practice at Korn Ferry.
Kong holds a BSc. (Hons) in Business & Engineering Management from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. Before entering the executive search field, Kong held marketing and sales management positions in the UK with Motorola and Bass Breweries. This background has equipped him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the business and engineering aspects of management, enabling him to provide robust and nuanced guidance to clients.
C-Suite, Technology, Industrial, Sustainability and ESG
TK Chiang is a Partner and Managing Director based in the Hong Kong office of Global Sage. He is a serial alternative investment industry entrepreneur and brings over 35 years of experience in the alternative investment industry. Focused on real estate, hedge funds, and private equity, he has raised over $3 billion in AUM over 19 years and a team of over 100 professionals. He brought in ABN AMRO Asset Management and BNP Paribas Capital Partners as institutional shareholders, and eventually fully exited to Aberdeen Standard Investments. TK currently sits on several boards including a Korean family office, an agriculture-focused private equity group, amongst others. He earned his BA and BS in economics and physiology from UC Davis, MBA from Santa Clara University, and Presidents’ Program from Harvard Business School. He is an active member of Young Presidents Organization and was the past Chairman of the Hong Kong chapter.
Specialization: Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Real Assets – Real Estate, Infrastructure & Resources, Asian Conglomerates, Family Offices
Terence Ho is a Partner, Managing Director of Global Sage and has over 15 years of executive search experience in Asia Investment Banking (IB) and Private Equity (PE). Based in Singapore, he specializes in placing candidates across M&A, ECM, Corporate Finance, Country Coverage and Industry teams in Asia. He has a strong track record of completing searches in PE at all levels for Sovereign Wealth Funds, Mega Funds, Mid-Market and Growth Equity Funds and selected C-suite roles for corporates and digital banks. Prior to joining Global Sage in 2020, Terence ran the Asia IB and PE search practice at ALS International. He started his executive search career with Webbe International in 2006. His thorough understanding of the IB and PE environment across Southeast Asia, has earned him the respect of many candidates and clients. With an extensive network and broad understanding of the IB and PE sectors, he is known to stay ahead of the competition with his acute market intelligence and assessment.
Terence holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics & Finance from Curtin University and a Master of Commerce in Finance from The University of New South Wales. He is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Specialisation: Investment Banking, Private Equity, Corporate M&A and Capital Markets, Human Resources and Legal Executive Search
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
Toshio Wada is a Senior Advisor in the Tokyo office of Global Sage. Toshio’s diversified career experience spans three parts: The first twenty years in commercial and investment banking at Morgan Stanley and Industrial Bank of Japan; the second fifteen years in asset management at Pension Fund Association and BNP Paribas Investment Partners; and a third leg of five years in startup management in the capacity of CEO Japan of a blockchain company and CFO of a battery R&D venture. Toshio brings a wealth of industry knowledge as well as a vast professional network of people to the firm. He holds a BA in Economics from Keio University and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He speaks fluent English, French, and Japanese.