We were approached with the task of hiring a leader to take charge of the investment arm of a global insurance company. The Chief Investment Officer, once recruited, would be based in the international financial centre of Hong Kong, and would be responsible for the management and investment of a significant amount of funds, totalling around $60 billion. Client need The client, an insurance company with offices across the globe, came to us seeking a Chief Investment Officer with vast experience in seeking out multi-asset class investment strategies in a similar employment setting. The Chief Investment Officers was required to build a varied and diverse portfolio, spanning a number of asset classes, in order to maximise the returns of the fund. The successful candidate would also need to be a proven leader, used to all the regulatory responsibilities that this position entails. Due to the volatile nature of investments, and the huge sum of money controlled by the fund, the client required a swift but reliable appointment, who would instil confidence in the team and with external stakeholders. With a reputation for sourcing Chief Investment Officers globally they turned to us to handle this pivotal appointment for them.
Initial communication with the client indicated that, in line with their international reputation, they would be prepared to consider candidates from all over the world. It soon became apparent that what truly mattered was not the candidates’ nationality, but their ability to demonstrate an excellent background in the areas that concerned the client’s business. We therefore cast our executive search net far and wide, identifying a range of potential recruits who matched the client’s requirements through the thorough talent mapping aspect of our process. The nature of the client’s business, as well as its high-profile global reputation, made it an attractive prospect for those we got in contact with, and we received plenty of interest for this role. After talking to what seemed like dozens of talented and seasoned professionals, we came up with a shortlist that we were happy to pass on to the client.
The shortlist we eventually passed on to the client contained the names of four standout candidates. One of these candidates was from Europe, one was from the United States and the other two were from Asia. All four met the job brief and after assessment and negotiation, the client appointed a new Chief Investment Officer just 12 weeks after initially contacting Moorlands Human Capital.
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