Steven McCrindle recruited to co-lead Korn Ferry assets practice

25 October 2019 2 min. read

Korn Ferry has recruited Steven McCrindle to jointly lead its global Asset Management practice.

Global human capital and organisational consultancy Korn Ferry has poached Heidrick & Struggles’ former Hong Kong managing partner Steven McCrindle to co-lead its global Asset Management business – which caters to the finance, banking, insurance and fintech sectors among others. Joining Korn Ferry as a senior client partner, McCrindle will be based out of the firm’s Singapore office.

McCrindle brings over a wealth of regional executive search and leadership experience to his new role. In addition to having most recently overseen Heidrick & Struggles’ Hong Kong office, he previously served as the firm’s Financial Services regional managing partner for the Asia Pacific and Middle East, prior to which he led its APAC Asset Management practice from bases in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Spending a shade over ten years with Heidrick & Struggles, earlier McCrindle for four years headed up the financial services segment for Hudson Global in Japan, as well as later serving as Head of Asset Management for boutique financial services search firm Eban International, also based out of Tokyo. Prior to his business career, McCrindle was a professional ballet dancer with London City Ballet.

Steven McCrindle, co-head Asset Management, Korn Ferry

“Steven has lived and worked in Asia Pacific for close to 25 years and has over 16 years of executive search and leadership advisory experience in the region,” said Michael Distefano, Korn Ferry’s Shanghai-based APAC president. “Steven has an impressive track record of leadership assignments for traditional and alternative asset managers, private banks and wealth management firms.”

Meanwhile, Heidrick & Struggles has added former Korn Ferry senior client partner Steve Jiang to its partnership ranks in Shanghai, with Jiang to serve in the firm’s global Industrial & Technology practice. Jiang joins from Tahoe Investment Group, prior to which he spent eight years at Korn Ferry and three at Russell Reynolds. Earlier he had strategy consulting stints with IBM, PwC Consulting and Roland Berger.

“Steve brings in-depth knowledge and experience in both technology and industrials, as well as a successful track record of placing recognized leaders across China and Asia Pacific,” said Heidrick & Struggles APAC & Middle East leader Stephen McAlinden, who preceded McCrindle in Hong Kong. “He is a terrific addition to our team, and he will be a strong asset to our clients in the region.”