Global leaders

in executive search


Sainty, Hird & Partners

Sainty, Hird & Partners is one of the world’s leading Financial Services executive search firms.  Headquartered in London, with offices in Dublin, Zurich and New York, it has helped to build investment banks, asset managers and insurance companies around the world for 25 years.

Our reputation for excellence is founded on an exceptional record of success, resulting in long-term relationships with business leaders, board members and human resource professionals.

Our clients define us.  We do more than recruit for them.  We offer advice; we keep watch for them; we fight their corner.  And we also never forget an executive search firm is only as good as its next search.


Our Services

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Executive Search

Our capabilities span all products and functions within Financial Services, at all levels of seniority and experience, across EMEA and North America.

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Market Mapping

We create market maps to illustrate current business structures, headcounts and demographics within specific market sectors.

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Assessments & Reviews

We help complex organisations evaluate and improve the performance of their executive committees and boards.

Professional Partnerships
Professional Partnerships

Our partners offer team assessment by artificial intelligence; psychometric profiling; executive coaching and board evaluation.

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Strategic Opportunities

We advise clients on acquisition targets or joint venture partners, in order to address product or business gaps.

“I have found Sainty Hird's market intelligence invaluable.”

Chief Executive ,  independent agency broker

“Sainty Hird remains one of the most connected recruitment companies in the city of London with an unrivalled network.”

Partner,  Global Equity Capital Markets

“SHP is a 'go to' firm for search advice, market intelligence and the successful completion of difficult searches.”

Partner,  Independent Global Equity Research Organisation

“Sainty Hird treats potential hires with grace and calmness.”

Non-Executive director,  Wealth Management Firm

“The team combines an ability to be very thorough with a charm and discretion that's vital in the recruitment process.”


“The Sainty, Hird team build a deep and trusting relationship with candidates to make sure every search is successfully completed.”


Our Practice Areas

We have a long record of success working with asset and wealth managers across the world; as with sovereign wealth funds, family offices and pension funds.

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Asset & Wealth Management

We have a strong track record in placing Chairmen, Senior Independent and Non-Executive Directors, as well as Risk, Audit and Remuneration Committee Chairmen.

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Board Appointments

The team has an extensive track record across all debt and equity capital market disciplines in EMEA and North America.

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We have one of the best-known teams in the market, which has been instrumental in some of the most high-profile appointments in the UK and Europe.

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Corporate & Investment Banking

We work with established, growing and nascent financial services firms to find the right executives for all corporate officer functions (CFO, COO, CPO/CHRO, CRO, CIO, CTO).

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Corporate Officers

We have unrivalled access to the talent in the Life and Non-Life industry having handled more than 600 executive and board searches around the world.

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We are increasingly recognised for bringing new talent into charities, NGOs and other not-for-profit enterprises at Chairman, CEO and CFO level.

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Not For Profit

We work at all levels within private debt and equity, including real estate and infrastructure.  We work with both general and limited partners, and for portfolio companies.

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Private Markets

Sainty Hird has an unparalleled track record within secondary markets, its partners having been responsible for approximately 1,000 hires over the past 20 years.

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Sales, Trading & Research

We work with established, growing and nascent financial services firms to find leaders for all technology areas, including cybersecurity, infrastructure, AI and digital strategy.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Sainty, Hird & Partners is committed to the principles and practices of diversity and equality within our own business and those of our clients.  

We strive always to present our clients with the most talented individuals, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender or disability status.


social & governance

We are proud of our credentials.  Efforts to decrease our own environmental impact include becoming paperless, banning single-use plastics and early adoption of flexible working practices.  We regularly implement new ideas to reduce wastage and energy expenditure.  We are also proud to support the aims of Chapter Zero.

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