Van Leichter is a member of Ward Howell’s Financial Services Practice, based in New York. Van has been advising global financial services firms in the US, Asia Pacific, and Europe for more than twenty years. He has conducted 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.
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, Van was a Partner and Managing Director with Heidrick & Struggles and Ferguson Partners in Tokyo where he led Asian and Japan focused real estate and investment management practices.
Van started his career in Tokyo and New York where he worked with leading US and European investment banking assignments across global markets and principal investments.
Van holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he also completed graduate work in International Relations and International Political Economics.
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