Finance & Operations

In certain discipline areas, demonstrating an understanding of the nuances of a market where career trajectories are constantly changing is vital. That is plainly illustrated throughout the Finance & Operations sector of Financial Services, and in particular in Asset Management.


With over 20 years’ experience placing industry leaders throughout the Insurance business, the Hanover Search Group gives a competitive advantage to clients looking to get ahead of a fast-moving market. As well as assisting in the build-out of a number of influential teams in Finance & Operations, we have worked to senior mandates encompassing roles such as Chief Financial Officers, Finance Directors along with Divisional Heads of Financial Planning.


Combining our experience and market reach makes us uniquely positioned to provide the advice and solutions that consistently deliver outstanding individuals.



Group Director

Paul began his career in 1989 at Mercury Asset Management (now part of BlackRock) working for their UK Institutional business. He relocated to Australia to work for First State Investments in 1995 before returning to the UK in 1998 to join SocGen Asset Management (now part of Man GLG Partners).  He joined Hanover Search Group in March 2003 and is Head of Hanover’s Asset Management search practice with a focus on senior mandates across EMEA. Paul became a Board Director of Hanover Search Group in 2013. He presents at industry events across Europe and is a senior member of the Hanover Search Group Leadership team.


International Managing Director

As Hanover’s International Managing Director, James is the newest member of the HSG Board and driving HSG’s international expansion. With a background in executive search across Financial Services, James has specialised in Life, P&C and (re) Insurance for over a decade working closely with clients on senior mandates across the globe. Ultimately responsible for all HSG growth and development of business in EMEA, US and Asia.

Recently completed mandates

Chief Finance Officer
European Asset Manager
Finance Director
US Asset Manager
Chief Operating Officer
UK Asset Manager