Finance & Operations

With over 20 years’ experience placing leaders throughout the Insurance industry, Hanover Search Group is uniquely positioned to provide advice and search solutions across the Finance & Operations sector.


We have assisted in the build-out and development of a range of finance and operations departments within leading financial services firms. Our reach has allowed us to fulfil senior mandates including Chief Financial Officers, Finance Directors as well as Divisional Heads of Financial Planning. We have also sourced and placed SMEs at Director and Partner grades.


The in-house industry experience organic to the Hanover Search Group has allowed us to develop deep knowledge of the ever-changing demands of an increasingly globalised financial services landscape.      




Europe CEO

Stephen is Europe CEO for Hanover Search Group. His role is to oversee a number of the group’s divisions and liaise with senior management to help drive business strategy. Stephen also acts as the main point of contact for major client development and he also executes senior level assignments. Within wider Financial Services, Stephen has expertise across the Sales, Marketing, Operations and Technology disciplines.


Americas CEO

As the Americas CEO for Hanover, James is a member of the Hanover Search Group Board and driving our international expansion. Having taken a lead in Hanover’s growth into new markets across Europe, Asia, Africa and the US for the past decade, James is responsible for US based operations and growth strategy. James also works directly with Hanover’s major clients running C-Suite executive search assignments within Financial Services.

Paul O'Brien

Based in the New York office, Paul joined Hanover Search Group in 2019 to focus on senior mandates across the US P&C Insurance market. Prior to New York, Paul was based in Singapore for 2.5 years with an international (insurance) recruitment firm leading a specialist team to deliver senior outcomes for clients including International Brokers, Global P&C Insurers and Lloyds Syndicates. Prior to Singapore, he held various management roles for over a decade with global recruitment firms covering Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Paul is looking forward to being part of HSG’s ongoing development and growth of the US insurance market.

Gareth Rees

Gareth joined Hanover in 2019 as a Managing Partner to lead a team of SMEs focused on Operations, Finance, Risk & Compliance. He is responsible for Infrastructure retained search and senior hire mandates. Gareth has over 17 years’ experience placing senior Infrastructure leaders across Banking, Asset and Wealth Management and Insurance industries delivering requirements for COO, CRO, CIO, CTO, CFO, Chief Information (& Cyber) Security Officer, Chief Data Officer, Head of Data & Analytics, Head of Infrastructure and Digital Transformation leaders. Gareth delivers mandates from our London office across Europe and Asia.

Recently completed mandates

Head of Financial Planning & Analysis 
Life & Pension Provider
Chief Finance Officer
International Insurer
Finance Director
International Head of Finance
Life & Pensions
Chief Financial Officer
US Consulting
Eco Finance Director
Insurance Regulator