Technology & Operations

Hanover Search Group has a strong history of running successful Technology and Operations search projects across the full range of banking sectors – from global Investment Banks to boutique Corporate / Commercial Banking institutions and challenger Retail Banks. We have partnered with our clients to deliver Senior IT and Operations Leaders capable of driving change and adopting the latest technology trends such as Digital Technology, Cloud Computing and Data Analytics as the banking sector becomes increasingly customer and client focused in a highly competitive market. Hanover Search Group has assisted in the complete build of teams from COO and CTO down and is able to provide exceptional talent across Applications, Infrastructure and Business / IT Change disciplines.




Alex joined Hanover in 2012 and is a Managing Partner and leads a team of SMEs focused on Operations, Finance, Risk & Compliance. He is responsible for the Technology retained search and senior hire mandates. Alex has over 13 years’ experience placing senior technology leaders across Insurance, Banking, Asset and Wealth Management industries delivering requirements for CIO, CTO, Chief Information (& Cyber) Security Officer, Chief Data Officer, Head of Data & Analytics, Head of Infrastructure and Digital Transformation Leaders. Alex delivers mandates from our London and New York offices across Europe and North America.

Simon Waddington

Simon joined Hanover Search Group as a Partner in March 2017, to establish and lead a Dublin office for the firm. He has over twenty years’ experience, gained in Dublin and London, of handling international executive search assignments to recruit senior and specialist professionals, predominantly in the areas of finance, legal, risk management, compliance and operations. Combining his extensive networks of contacts with Hanover Search Group’s presence in key financial and commercial centres worldwide, Simon applies an extensive and rigorous executive search methodology to deliver market-leading talent for his clients.  

Lars Sunnell

Based in the New York office, Lars joined Hanover Search Group in 2018 to initiate the IT and FinTech practices for the US market and works closely with the London office. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Economics & Sustainable Community Development Methods, prior to joining Hanover Lars began his sales career in 2015 at Yelp quickly becoming a Senior National Account Executive before then joining Robert Half Inc. to spearhead direct-hire searches within their Legal & Compliance team. With an in-depth knowledge of US corporate and legal infrastructure, Lars’ recruiting style is consultative and very strong in relationships.

Kevin Hickey

Kevin began his career in a sales & marketing capacity at Picerne Real Estate Group which is recognized as a “Top Ten Multi Family Home Developer”. After relocating back to New York, he transitioned to a career in technology recruitment focusing on interim consultants and executive search. He developed and fine-tuned his craft with top global organizations, most notably Robert Half International and Randstad Technologies. Kevin has been tasked with spearheading our Technology & Infrastructure practice in the US market and is excited to begin this new chapter.

Recently completed mandates

Head of IT & Operations
Corporate & Commercial Bank, London
UK Challenger Bank (Retail and Corporate Banking), London
Head of Risk Systems Architecture & Development
Corporate Investment Bank, New Jersey USA
Front Office Pricing Systems Developer
European Investment Bank, London
Application Development Manager
Private Bank, London
Solutions Manager (Project Manager / Business Analyst)
Corporate & Commercial Bank, London