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Van Leichter Joins Ward Howell International’s Financial Services Practice as Partner

New York, October 16, 2019 – Ward Howell International, one of the world’s leading executive search firms, announced today the addition of Van Leichter as a Partner in the Financial Services Practice, based in New York. Mr.Leichter has been advising global financial services firms in the US, Asia Pacific, and Europe for more than twenty years. He has completed searches for Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Global Product Development, and Senior Distribution Management roles for leading real estate, asset management, private equity, hedge funds and investment banks worldwide.


“Van brings a unique global perspective combined with deep financial services experience that will strengthen our team and bring added value to our clients,” said Asad Haider, President – Americas, and Member of the Board. “Van has lived and worked internationally for more than twenty years – his experience helping clients build successful leadership teams in Japan, Asia, and Europe will be especially valuable as we build a globally integrated financial services practice.”

Prior to joining Ward Howell, Van was the founder and Managing Director of Leichter Ellison Advisors, a retained executive search firm headquartered in New York. Before launching Leichter Ellison Advisors, Mr. Leichter was a Partner and Managing Director with two global search firms in New York and Tokyo where he led US, Asian, and Japan focused search engagements.


Mr. Leichter began his career in Tokyo and New York where he worked with global US and European investment banks on global markets, principal investment, and hedge fund strategies.