John Kim leads Spencer Stuart’s Global Banking & Markets Practice. Based in New York, John is also a senior member of the firm’s CEO, North American Board, and Private Equity practices. With nearly 25 years of senior executive recruiting experience, John has an extensive track record of advising clients across the globe on board and leadership recruitment, succession, and human capital strategy. He is deeply experienced in investment and corporate banking, capital markets, financial products distribution, trading, and risk management, in addition to key functional roles across these and other industries. While his client base spans the breadth of the financial services industry, he often works with multinational, middle-market, and boutique investment banking firms.

Financial Services Search Expert

  • John has held senior leadership positions at multiple global executive recruiting firms and has completed numerous senior executive and C-level searches across the financial services industry worldwide.
  • Before joining Spencer Stuart, John was the co-founder of JJ Bergen & Associates, a boutique search firm specializing in financial services.
  • Earlier, John served as the managing partner of global practices at another large international search firm, overseeing the entire industry practice as well as managing over 70 offices worldwide. In addition, John served as the chairman of the operating committee and member of its executive committee.
  • Prior to this, John led the global markets practice at another leading international search firm.

John earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University. He has published extensively on human resource management and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and other leading international media outlets. He previously served as a member of the board of trustees at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia for six years.

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