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Search

20+ year track record delivering global searches with core knowledge in trading, distribution, infrastructure, data and analytics.

Consulting

Access to data through a unique global perspective. Being specialists in a clearly defined market allows us to offer our clients better advice and access to the market for human capital.

Intelligence

Bespoke competitor intelligence specifically focussed on talent pipelining, organisational analysis, compensation analysis and succession planning.

  • Trading and Execution

  • Origination and Distribution

  • Risk and Infrastructure

  • Digital, Data and Analytics

  • Adjuvo

Global Reach

Searches completed in 50 cities around the globe

A drive to deliver

Over 600 senior searches completed

Trust & Longevity

60% of our placements have been with the same 7 long-term clients

The power of our network

Consistent demand for market intelligence from key clients

The power of our network

40,000+ references gathered over 10 years

map text The power of our network Consistent demand for market intelligence from key clients Trust & Longevity 60% of our placements have been with the same 7 long- term clients The power of our network 40,000+ references gathered over 10 years A drive to deliver Over 600 senior searches completed Global Reach Searches completed in 50 cities around the globe Mena 60+ Dubai Istanbul Riyadh Tel Aviv Asia Pacific 100+ Hong Kong Jakarta Mumbai Seoul Shanghai Singapore Sydney Taipei Tokyo Europe 500+ Amsterdam Antwerp Athens Basel Brussels Budapest Dublin Frankfurt Geneva Hamburg Laussane Leeds London Luxembourg Madrid Manchester Munich Paris Prague Sheffield Stockholm Utrecht Warsaw Zurich Latin America 20+ Buenos Aires Mexico City Rio De Janeiro Santiago Sao Paolo North America 300+ Boston Chicago Connecticut Houston Montgomery New York Pittsburgh Stamford Tennessee

People

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Andrew Rice

Chairman of Rice Search Partners and the Co-founding Partner of Adjuvo

Andrew has a twenty year track record within the Executive Search industry. He has built and led teams, as well as managed senior client relationships across the financial services industry. Specifically his expertise covers private equity, capital markets, private wealth management, asset management and the global emerging markets.

From 1997 until 2006 he built and managed a Global Equities business and was responsible for winning the mandate as sole recruiter for the global equities build-out for a leading investment bank in 2003. More recently he has built-out a Global C-Search Practice. The firm has now placed over 130 senior/executive professionals across the globe. Andrew brings his vast personal network of contacts to assist the Executives team, providing access to a substantial pool of senior talent.

Andrew Rice is currently the Chairman of Rice Search Partners and the Co-founding Partner of Adjuvo. Prior to this he was the Co-Founder of Rice & Dore Associates. Andrew started his career in Executive Search in 1994.

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James Platt

Partner, Trading, Origination & Analytics

James is a Partner and client lead at Rice Search Partners. Having partnered some of our key fund and investor backed clients for over a decade James has placed numerous business leads and teams globally across trading, origination and analytics. He has been instrumental in consistently advancing our market knowledge and competitive analysis, whilst ensuring delivery of mandates across function and geography from C-level to analyst. James also leads our global energy & commodities practice. He joined Rice Search Partners in 2006. Prior to this he worked with a peer in the market, Watmough Mallett, where he focused on both the Emerging Markets area and subsequently Commodities.

Prior to the joining the Executive Search world, James graduated with an MA in Philosophy and German from New College Oxford in 2001. On completion of his degree, James joined Marsh (MMC) as an Emerging Markets Re-Insurance Broker focussing on Directors’ and Officers’ liability. With Marsh, James worked directly with Latin American energy and utility companies. Following this James moved to Deloitte and Touche before moving into search.

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Kathryn Mason

Partner, Infrastructure

Based in London, Kathryn Mason is responsible for the Global Infrastructure Division at Rice Search Partners. Kathryn also manages the Senior Interim Practice at Rice Search Partners.

Previously, Kathryn worked for Global Risk Solutions (GRS Group) where she recruited senior professionals for Banking, Asset Management & Insurance clients in the UK and in America. Kathryn has over eleven years’ experience working with key accounts across global buy and sell side institutions such as JP Morgan and BlackRock. Kathryn holds a First Class Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Sussex and a Master of Philosophy.

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Rowan Crooks

Principal, Infrastructure

Rowan has over 15 years’ search experience with a track record of appointing Board level to Directors across all corporate functions within Financial, Business & Professional Services.

Prior to joining Rice Search Partners, Rowan was Head of the Infrastructure Practice for a well-established specialist search firm for nearly seven years and was a key search partner to a number of global institutions on both the sell and buy-side.

Prior to that he was Head of the Compliance and Financial Crime practice for a global search firm where he was responsible for building an established compliance and financial crime team which gained a strong reputation in the market for successfully delivering at MD and Director levels within investment banking, asset management, private banking, hedge funds and consulting. Rowan holds a BA in Business Studies and German from De Montfort University.

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Marc Banas

Principal, Trading, Sales & Analytics

Marc is a Principal within the Rice Search Partners business, joining the platform in 2014. He is responsible for originating and executing searches for clients globally across trading, sales, structuring, finance and analytics; both fundamental and quantitative. Marc has focused on partnering investor backed clients in the commodities space helping to develop their businesses globally across all commercial functions. Alongside his search delivery Marc also works with clients to deliver competitor analysis and intelligence projects to assist in new market entry, up-grade hiring and compensation bench marking.

Prior to his time at Rice Search Partners Marc ran the European commodity portfolio for Pemberton Stewart, a Global Markets search firm. Marc has been active in commodity search since 2009 and has executed projects globally for Investment Banks, Private Trading Houses, SOE’s and Hedge Funds across energy and commodity products. Prior to entering executive search Marc received his MA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. He started his search career with Webber Chase before joining energy specialist Hamilton Bradshaw International.

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Steve Wynne

Principal, Trading, Origination, Analytics and Data

Steve is a Principal in our London office responsible for originating and executing searches on behalf of investor backed businesses, globally. His functional expertise covers Trading; Analytics ( Fundamental, Quantitative & Advanced Operational), Alternative Data and Research.

His primary sector focus is in the physical and financial commodity markets; with a core expertise in Power & Gas. In addition he possesses an in-depth knowledge of  asset-backed investments in Upstream, Mid-Stream and Downstream energy sectors.

Steve has experience of identifying and hiring executives across the full C-Suite spectrum; as well as hiring the trading, analytical & research personnel that enable these leaders to drive profitable strategies.

As the energy & asset management industries evolve, Steve has become increasingly involved in delivering data focussed candidates; building teams of data sourcing experts, engineers, data scientists and alternative data analysts.

Prior to joining Rice Search Partners; Steve executed international search mandates in Strategy, Corporate Development, Competitor & Political Intelligence for oil companies.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Marine Biology from the University of Southampton.

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Colin Hector

Principal, Trading & Analytics

Colin Hector is responsible for RSP’s Markets business in Europe having joined RSP in 2018 following a lengthy career in the City across a number of sell side roles. His focus is mainly on both Sell and Buy side Equity roles in EMEA and APAC with an increasing focus on the Electronic, Data and Digital space.

Over the course of a 27 year city career he worked at Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, UBS, Credit Suisse, Exane BNP Paribas and Mediobanca both as a UK bank research analyst and Financials Specialist Sales.

He came to London in 1992 joining Abbey National as a graduate trainee working across a variety of roles, latterly in Group Corporate Development. He is a trained Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and has a First Class Honours Degree in Business Studies & Accounting from Edinburgh University. In his formative years he was a committed field hockey player, playing for both Scotland and Great Britain.

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Tom Whitcombe

Principal, Infrastructure

Based in New York, Tom joined Rice Search Partners in 2013 and was promoted to Principal in 2018. He is responsible for all senior level Risk Management hires across the Americas covering Market Risk, Credit Risk, Quantitative Analytics, Liquidity Risk and Operational Risk disciplines.

Previously, Tom worked for The Mulsanne Partnership and Morgan McKinley where he recruited Risk professionals for Asset Management and Hedge Fund clients. Tom holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University.

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Kelly Sullivan

Principal, Digital, Data & Analytics

Kelly is the Digital and Data lead at Rice Search Partners. She specializes in cross-industry competitor research and analytics; partnering with growth-oriented technology firms, corporates and financial services firms on  their talent, business strategy and organizational design agendas. Previously, she worked with Marlin Hawk, a global talent advisory and executive search boutique where she served in a multitude of capacities, ultimately as Chief of Staff to the Americas CEO. Laterly, she built and grew the firm’s Leadership Advisory Services practice, leading consulting engagements for Fortune 500 corporates, banks, insurers, hedge funds and technology organizations. Kelly began her career with Rice & Dore Associates. She received her BA, International Relations from Suffolk University. She is fluent in Spanish and German.

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Joe Astill

Principal, Trading & Sales

Joe Astill started his executive search career in 2000 at Pelham International, a London based boutique search firm, with an initial focus of Prime Finance.  He was recruited to Sheffield Haworth in 2002 to set up and manage the Prime Service coverage for Europe, Asia & North America.  Joe moved to New York in 2005 to further build out Sheffield Haworth’s North American practice.

Joe continued to cover Prime Finance, Cash Equities & Equity Derivatives with senior placements across all functions, products and regions.

In 2008, he joined Rice & Dore to run North & South American sell side equities, managing a team across all functions.  He set up his own search firm in 2013, with success in team moves, building out platforms and diversifying his clients across bulge, mid-tier and boutique organizations.

Joe joined Rice Search Partners in 2017 to run US Markets.  He continues to place senior executives across all products and functions.

Joe has a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 3 years.

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Victoria Scott-Villars

Principal, Infrastructure

Based in New York, Victoria Scott-Villars joined Rice Search Partners in June 2017. As a Principal in the Infrastructure practice, she leads searches across Legal, Compliance, Financial Crime, Governance and Controls. Prior to joining Rice Search Partners, Victoria was Lead Partner for the Americas at a boutique search and selection firm for three years where she built and ran the business, recruiting financial crime, compliance and governance professionals at all levels across the US.

Previously, she spent seven years as the Lead Partner for EMEA with global responsibility for the Compliance, Financial Crime and Regulatory Executive Search practice. Victoria has 20 years’ experience recruiting globally across first, second and third lines of defense for buy and sell side clients, private equity firms, and consultancies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) and Economics.

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Adam Clark

Associate, Infrastructure

Based in London, Adam Clark joined Rice Search Partners in November 2013 to lead the EMEA Risk Management business within the Infrastructure Practice. Adam is responsible for senior level retained searches across the risk disciplines.

Prior to joining Rice Search Partners, Adam worked for Hays Financial Markets for four years recruiting Risk Management professionals into Financial Services institutions globally. Adam has over nine years’ experience working with Financial Services institutions. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of York.

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Kristal Whitehead

Associate, Operations

Kristal joined Rice Search Partners in 2014 as part of the Operations team. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she has over 18 years of experience in business administration.

Over the past five years at RSP, Kristal has been involved in the accounting, HR and administrative functions of the firm and along with Team Ops, helps to ensure the office is running smoothly.

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William Mildren

Analyst

William is an Analyst at Rice Search Partners, working on behalf of a select group of fund and investor backed clients. He began his career at a global executive search firm, leading projects across Private Equity and Investment Banking, alongside building his own client relationships.

He received his BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of York, and a postgraduate degree in Modern History from the University of St. Andrews.

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James Miller

Analyst

James has been with the business for just over two years working as an analyst predominantly within Trading, Data, and Analytics. He has worked on a number of projects in the commodities sector, cross-product, with an emphasis on the European power space.

These have included mandates for short-term power traders, analysts, and asset optimisers, in addition to research covering meteorology, hydrology, algorithmic trading, and asset optimisation.

Outside of commodities James has worked on the application of data within equities trading, mapping key businesses from data vendors to buy-side firms, and developed research projects covering the cybersecurity space. Prior to joining RSP, James worked for the NHS as a research and development assistant. James received a Bachelor’s in Classical Archaeology & Ancient History from the University of Oxford.

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Wendi Prinsloo

Operations

Originally from South Africa, Wendi joined the Operations team of Rice Search Partners in 2017.

With a background in audit and accounting, she has worked in various industries/companies and has vast experience in all facets of business administration and finance.

She is responsible for the daily accounting function and compilation for final review.

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Laura Taborn

Head of Business Administration

Laura is the Head of Business Administration for Rice Search Partners and is responsible for the smooth running of the Operations platform. Based in the London office, Laura oversees the human resources, finances, infrastructure and administration of the business, while providing support to the partners and managing the operations team. Her previous roles include working as the Global Head of Administration at Rice & Dore Associates Ltd., and as an office manager for a transport consultancy. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Philosophy from the London School of Economics.