Richard Draper

Richard Draper

Managing Director

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Richard Draper

Managing Director

Expertise: Consulting, Technology, Professional Services Search
Geographies: UK, North America, Europe

Richard is the Managing Director and founder of RDW. As a professional recruiter and head-hunter, Richard has over 20 years’ experience in delivering senior hire and leadership search projects across the consulting sector. During this time he has successfully delivered Partner and Director searches to all of the Big Four across three continents, led the executive leadership recruitment programme for a consulting plc and helped build Europe’s largest forensic technology practice. In addition, Richard has delivered confidential search mandates across the C-suite to technology businesses and their investors globally. With one of the most reputable names in the field, Richard is regularly asked to consult with clients around topics such as leadership development & retention, talent mapping and diversity & inclusion strategies.

Under Richard’s stewardship, Rees Draper Wright has grown from a small three person business in 2002, to a respected and successful executive search provider with offices in London, New York and Frankfurt. Our client list and track record is testament to our founding values which continue to shape our owner-led approach to delivering mandates.

Despite our success, Richard remains very client-facing. He is a key player in his market and is adept at delivering market-sensitive assignments that require the utmost discretion.

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Daniel Richards

Daniel Richards

Managing Director, US

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Daniel Richards

Managing Director, US

Expertise: Consulting, Professional Services, Venture Capital / Private Equity and Financial Services
Geographies: Global (Focus on Financial Services hubs around the world)

Since graduating from University with a 1st class honors degree in Business Management, Daniel has spent the majority of his career within advisory as a top level head-hunter.

Daniel has exclusively worked senior-level positions across strategy, finance, technology, operations, and data management, delivering hundreds of searches successfully to Professional Services firms, Venture Capital / Private Equity houses, Investment Banks and Fund Managers on a global basis.

Daniels credibility and network enables him to connect the dots to make things happen quickly. Daniel has global access where others simply do not, making him one of the most successful head-hunters in the world in his chosen field.

Well-known to FS Big 4 leaders and VC/PE houses globally, Daniel regularly advises on hiring strategies working closely with clients to bring the very best talent into their organizations.

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Oliver Tonnar

Oliver Tonnar

Managing Director, D-A-CH

Oliver Tonnar

Managing Director, D-A-CH

Expertise: Professional Service, Strategy & Business Development search, Automotive Consulting
Geographies: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Oliver has more than 20 years' experience in recruitment and executive search. After studying economics at the Wolfgang-Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Oliver started his professional career as an auditor in a Big 4 company. Oliver realized that he had a deep understanding an interest in people’s careers and made the decision to transfer his considerable skills to the recruitment and executive search sector. Throughout his career, Oliver has established several teams of recruiting specialists and business units in Germany.

Oliver has a strong and proven network of senior talented professionals and business partners in different branches across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Oliver is known as a reliable person, motivating manager and expert in his markets.

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Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt

Board Advisor

Wendy Schmidt

Board Advisor

Wendy Schmidt is the former global leader of the Business Intelligence Services practice of Deloitte Advisory. A former litigator, Wendy has over 25 years of experience specializing in the development of background information and intelligence for commercial and government clients, in the context of due diligence, fraud, government investigations, and litigation support. She has also worked with clients to develop third party risk management/vetting programs. Wendy is a former national and global leader of Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative Network, responsible for the development and oversight of programs aimed at the retention, promotion, and recruitment of women. She currently serves as a senior advisor to the board of Arachnys, a financial technology company focused on compliance robotic automation. Wendy also serves on the board of the New York City chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.


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Susanne Hecker

Susanne Hecker

Director

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Susanne Hecker

Director

Expertise: Consulting, (Operational) Strategy, Corporate Finance, M&A
Geographies: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

After finishing her studies at Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg Susanne joined the recruitment industry. Since 2004, Susanne has worked on different complex search assignments for CFO, Finance and HR functions, as well as Sales and Marketing functions. Susanne has a passion for her candidates’ career development and is always highly involved in her searches, showing a strong commitment to her clients and candidates.

In the last 12 years, Susanne has inspired various management careers in different industries.

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Tom Bushell

Tom Bushell

Director

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Tom Bushell

Director

Expertise: Consulting, SME Consulting Search
Geographies: UK, SE Asia

Tom is a director at Rees Draper Wright, having been with the company since 2003. He has worked across a variety of clients, focusing on the UK consulting market – from large firms to smaller more niche players. He has also worked with FTSE 100s that are looking to bring in consulting talent and develop internal resource. Tom’s experience as a senior contingency recruiter and executive search consultant predates his time at RDW. Since joining, his mandates have included change management, programme and project management, strategy, organisational design, IT advisory and HR transformation. His network is unparalleled in the UK and he is a trusted advisor to a number of consulting firms – helping a large number of small and medium-sized firms with their growth and strategy.

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Jon Ray

Jon Ray

Director

Jon Ray

Director

Expertise: Financial Services Consulting Search
Geographies: UK, North America

Jon has a wealth of experience – having worked in recruitment and executive search since 1996. He has an established, diverse and reliable network that has helped him successfully deliver on mandates across an unenviable range of senior roles within the professional services and financial services marketplaces, although his main focus has been on the buy-side. Jon prides himself on being an ethical recruiter who works extremely hard for clients and candidates alike and he has consistently delivered where other companies have failed. Mandates that Jon has delivered against include senior leadership within operational effectiveness, change, cost reduction, IT advisory, compliance, strategy, and more recently a variety of risk and regulation positions. He joined Rees Draper Wright in October 2013 after a client suggested this relationship would be mutually beneficial.

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David Mackey

David Mackey

Director

David Mackey

Director

Expertise: Human Resources, C-suite, Private Equity, SME
Geographies: UK, Europe, US

David is Director and Practice Lead for all HR mandates at RDW. As a professional recruiter and head-hunter, David has over 15 years’ experience in delivering board level and leadership search projects across the HR marketplace both on a national and international basis with organisation’s including; British Airways, BP, Eurostar, Financial Control Authority, Heathrow Airport Ltd, Home Retail Group, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, McDonald’s and Rolls Royce.

David is a recognised thought leader for the development of ‘high potential’ HR talent. He has a passion for supporting high potential HR leaders of the future providing a wide range of career guidance services in addition to access and exposure to current leaders through his network and exclusive events.

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Mikolaj (Mik) Zadecki

Mikolaj (Mik) Zadecki

Director

Mikolaj (Mik) Zadecki

Director

Expertise: Investigations, Expert Witness, White Collar Crime, Forensics, Intelligence, Compliance, Fraud, Risk Management, Monitorships, Analytics, and Technology Consulting
Geographies: North America, Europe

Mikolaj (Mik) is a headhunter focused on targeted searches primarily within the professional services/consulting space.  In the earlier part of his career, Mik had a great deal of success working in the contingent search arena across various industry verticals and practice areas, including technology, risk, regulatory compliance, process improvement and change management.  Mik excels at delivering highly specific, targeted searches across consulting business lines in the US as well as Europe.

Having joined RDW in 2014, he is a founding Consultant in the firm’s New York office and is engaged to provide partner-level talent to the regulatory compliance practices of the Big Four firms and beyond.

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Talia Preda

Talia Preda

Managing Principal

Talia Preda

Managing Principal

Expertise: Operational Excellence – Management Consultancies / Professional Services
Geographies: North America

Talia began recruiting over 10 years ago with a large recruiting firm and has spent the last four years at Deloitte LLP, where she gained extensive experience in recruitment strategies, analysis and implementation. She established and drove Deloitte’s recruitment function, and talent acquisition strategy to ensure organisational needs and business goals were met. With direct responsibility for Partner hiring within all sectors, she led the attraction, selection and interviewing process, and within the Consulting practice brought in a particular focus on Diversity and Inclusion.

Talia has been awarded numerous awards within Deloitte, including outstanding contribution to the business, team contribution, client engagement as well as appearing in the Global Impact Report for leading an entrepreneurial initiative with a group of students. Described as driven, with the motivation, tenacity and resilience to achieve any set targets and goals, Talia prides herself on her ability to build relationships with senior stakeholders. She will bring her energy, experience and expertise to focus on US senior appointments for management consultancies. 

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Melissa Rabkin

Melissa Rabkin

Search Manager

Melissa Rabkin

Search Manager

Expertise: Financial Services, Compliance, Risk Management, Global Banking, Research

Melissa joined as US Search Manager to focus on collaborating with consultants and research to successfully execute completion for professional services/management consulting searches. Previously she was a Director/Senior Consultant at a global executive search and advisory firm specializing in the financial services industry. She was a member of the Corporate Officers and Global Banking practices. With over 25 years of search experience, predominantly focused on the financial services industry she has also covered healthcare, retail and ecommerce. Early on her career, Melissa built in-house research teams for financial services oriented contingency firms that ultimately became retained search firms.

Melissa enjoys her family, working out at the gym, power walks, wine and white sandy beaches.

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Cat Callen

Cat Callen

Principal Consultant

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Cat Callen

Principal Consultant

Expertise: Cyber Security
Geographies: Global

With over 12 years’ experience as an executive search specialist, Cat operates with total discretion, scrupulously mapping the market with an honest and open approach. She has particular expertise in cyber security and has built an unparalleled network within this market.

Cat focuses on building excellent relationships with exceptional individuals within this market place and in turn offers a global reach to a growing international market.

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Gabriela Zilkha

Gabriela Zilkha

Principal Consultant

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Gabriela Zilkha

Principal Consultant

Expertise: Financial Services Consulting Search
Geographies: Europe

After studying Mathematics at the Technical University in Berlin and Business Administration at City University in London, Gabriela has worked as a headhunter focussing on financial services retained searches. She began her career at a German executive search firm in London and Berlin covering Equity Capital Markets and other senior banking mandates, before being headhunted to build a commodities practice within a financial service specialised boutique search firm in the City of London. After a successful 5 year stint, she left to set up her own firm which she ran and managed for 8 years until joining RDW. Her remit is to build on RDW’s already established brand by focusing on senior appointments across Europe. Gabriela speaks fluent German and is well networked throughout financial institutions in London, Paris and across Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

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Lisa Fudgel

Lisa Fudgel

Principal Consultant

Lisa Fudgel

Principal Consultant

Expertise: Consulting, Technology, Professional Services Search
Geographies: UK

Lisa has over 10 years’ experience within Global Executive Search specialising in Management Consulting, Financial Services and FinTech. She has been responsible for leading board level and leadership mandates across all functions throughout EMEA, Australia and Sub-Saharan Africa with organisations including Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Chartered Bank, ApplePay and PWC.

Describing herself as a ‘people person’ Lisa prides herself on forming long lasting relationships with her candidates to ensure they make the right decision when considering their next steps. As a result of this, she is able to position herself as a trusted advisor to her clients.

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Sudhir Kapur

Sudhir Kapur

Senior Consultant

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Sudhir Kapur

Senior Consultant

Expertise: Professional Services
Geographies: Western Europe, Central Eastern Europe and Commonwealth Independent States

Sudhir joined RDW in May 2016 with over 6 years’ in recruitment at C-Level and Board level. He brings strong understanding of search process alongside international and cross-industry exposure to RDW’s European search business. Sudhir is currently engaged by Financial Crime and Forensic Advisory teams of a global Professional Service across multiple geographies. In addition, he has wide networks across Financial Services within Professional Services which he looks to develop with RDW. Sudhir takes great pride in ensure the client and candidate experience is second to none. He has an LLB in Business Law and had a successful career in advertising before joining the recruitment industry.

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Benjamin Cornell

Benjamin Cornell

Senior Consultant

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Benjamin Cornell

Senior Consultant

Expertise: Business Transformation/Consulting and Technology
Geographies: UK

Benjamin joined RDW in January 2017 after gaining experience with Banking, Consulting and Public Sector clients specialising in Senior Business Transformation and Technology roles. Prior to working for RDW he worked with both large and boutique recruitment firms and has consistently delivered both retained and executive roles. Benjamin has developed a strong skill-set in executive search processes and he takes pride in ensuring that candidates and clients experience a high level of service throughout the search process. As part of Benjamin’s BA (hons) degree in Music Industry he spent a year studying at the University of Memphis, USA.

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Thierry Camerlynck

Thierry Camerlynck

Senior Consultant

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Thierry Camerlynck

Senior Consultant

Expertise: White Collar Defense and Investigations, Legal, Consulting, Professional Services, Financial Services
Geographies: Global

Thierry is a niche head-hunter whose career thus far has been focused around white collar crime for the Financial Services, Legal and Consulting industries. After graduating from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Thierry began his career in the UK with a large American search firm where he specialised in senior anti-financial crime appointments for the Financial Services industry. A couple of years later, he was recruited by a leading Investigations and Forensics-focused UK search firm to launch and lead their US offering. At RDW, Thierry is engaged to provide A-list Partner talent to the White Collar Defense and Investigations practices of his Legal and Consulting clients.

In his career, Thierry values professionalism and trust above all else; a fact that is clearly evident in the long lasting relationships he has developed and maintained with clients and candidates alike. All of whom regularly entrust him with their most important searches and career moves. He enjoys going after talent that the market has deemed unattainable and delivering in previously ‘impossible’ searches.

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Holger Dannhof

Holger Dannhof

Senior Consultant

Holger Dannhof

Senior Consultant

Holger graduated at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and started his career in Real Estate Banking. In 2017 he joined an international recruiting company and placed successfully various positions within Banking, Asset Management and Real Estate sectors. He now covers the financial services practice at RDW D-A-CH region with a focus on Asset & Wealth Management as well as Corporate & Investment Banking.

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Lubaynah Kazmi

Lubaynah Kazmi

Consultant

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Lubaynah Kazmi

Consultant

Lubaynah joined RDW as a member of the research team in the summer of 2015. Prior to joining RDW, Lubaynah graduated from Birkbeck College, University of London, with a degree in History. During the course of her studies, she also spent four years in the retail sector which culminated in store management positions at outlets for fashion and luxury foods. Following a number of successful telephone campaigns, Lubaynah has also helped to raise valuable donations towards her college’s alumni fund.

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Min Kim

Min Kim

Research Associate

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Min Kim

Research Associate

Min joined RDW as a member of the U.S research team in May 2017. Currently working within the Financial Services and Management Consulting industries, Min is continually striving to expand his professional network and increase his knowledge in enterprises currently unknown to him. Prior to joining RDW, Min began his career in the recruiting industry by developing experiences within the technology practice. Min has an intellectually curious personality and is passionate about learning.

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Dominic Langer

Dominic Langer

Research Associate

Dominic Langer

Research Associate

Dominic joined RDW Frankfurt in April 2018. As Research Associate he supports the team and expands his professional network especially within the Management Consulting Industries.

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Ann-Cathrine Krüpper

Ann-Cathrine Krüpper

Head of Operations

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Ann-Cathrine Krüpper

Head of Operations

Ann-Cathrine has joined the team in Frankfurt from its inception in January 2018. With her organizational knowledge, she oversees all office administration and project procedures.

Ann-Cathrine has a degree in tourism management and she worked in the travel industry before joining the executive search industry. In 2005, Ann-Cathrine joined a leading recruitment company as a team assistant where she learnt all end-to-end search procedures from scratch.

For more than 10 years Ann-Cathrine has supported executive search companies in project management, research and administration.

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Lisa Guerra

Lisa Guerra

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Lisa Guerra

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Lisa Guerra has joined RDW as their office manager and executive assistant. She graduated from New York City College of Technology with her Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management. On her way to fulfil that degree, she studied at intensive international programs at some of Europe's top universities in Austria, Greece, and Croatia. She has a deep passion for learning about new cultures around the world and working globally. In addition to her formal education abroad, she also achieved fluency in Portuguese, Serbian, and Spanish. Her past executive work experience has been involved in the magazine industry and personal assisting prominent families. Lisa is a lifelong resident of Astoria, Queens and in her free time, she enjoys traveling to new cities around the world.

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Saima Choudhury

Saima Choudhury

Executive Assistant

Saima Choudhury

Executive Assistant

Saima joined the London team as Executive Assistant in January 2018. Saima studied Health & Social Care at College and worked in the Childcare industry before moving into the administration sector in 2014. During this time she has held various support roles including Office Manager, Head Administrator and Receptionist. With her organisational skills, Saima oversees all office administration for the UK team. 

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