AESC Announces Paul Groce and James Lawrence-Brown as 2021 Council Representatives

8 Feb 2021

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Leathwaite’s Paul Groce and James Lawrence-Brown are announced as the lastest AESC Council Representatives for the AESC Council of the Americas and the AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

New York/Hong Kong – February 2021 – The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the global standards-setting body for the executive search and leadership consulting profession, today announces 2021 officers and representatives to the AESC Council of the Americas and AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The Council consists of elected officers and representatives from AESC Member executive search and leadership advisory firms from across the regions.

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President and CEO, commented:

AESC Councils play a critical role in combining regional expertise with global innovation on behalf of our association, ensuring clients—no matter where in the world—receive exceptional quality and results when working with an AESC Member.

The Americas:

Julian Ha, Partner at Heidrick & Struggles and based in Washington, DC will serve as Council Chair; David Turner, Managing Partner and President at Kincannon & Reed and based in Phoenix, will serve as Council Vice Chair; Tony Bolliger, Managing Partner and COO at CareerSMITH and based in Orange County, California, will serve as Council Secretary/Treasurer; and Cathy Logue, Managing Director in the CFO & Financial Executives Practice at Stanton Chase and based in Toronto, will serve as Council Chair Emeritus.

In addition, AESC would like to welcome new AESC Americas Council representatives Paul Groce, Partner at Leathwaite and based in New York; Molly Hull, Senior Vice President and Principal at Slayton Search Partners and based in Chicago; Michele James, Founder and President at Avery James Inc. and based in Los Angeles; Nicolás Mora, Managing Director at Equation Partners/ AltoPartners and based in Santiago; and Thayanie Ujino, Managing Partner at FESA Group/ IIC Partners and based in São Paulo.

Asia Pacific and the Middle East:

Louisa Wong, Executive Chair at Global Sage and based in Hong Kong, will serve as Council Chair. Fabrice Desmarescaux, Vice Chair at Eric Salmon & Partners and based in Singapore, will serve as Council Vice Chair. James Young, Managing Partner at Morgan Young and based in Sydney, will serve as Council Secretary and Treasurer. Nobi Kaneko, President at Kaneko & Associates and based in Tokyo, will serve as Council Chair Emeritus.

In addition, AESC would like to welcome the following new members to its Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East: Aparna Ahuja, Principal at Athena Executive Search and Consulting and based in Delhi; Rosalind De Sailly, Director and Founder at De Sailly Consulting and based in Sydney; Cecile Hofer, Managing Partner, Amrop Hofer Tan and based in Singapore; James Lawrence-Brown, Partner, Leathwaite and based in Hong Kong; Anissa Low, Managing Director, WittKieffer and based in Singapore; Yen Pin Ng, Managing Director, Sheffield Haworth and based in Shanghai and Singapore; Sam Robinson, Director, Intersearch Middle East and based in Dubai; Warren Rushbrook, Practice Director, Infrastructure & Head of Search, Quinton Anthony and based in Sydney; and Katherine Wang, CEO & Founder, Fitco-Consulting and based in Beijing.

The complete 2021 AESC Council includes:


  • Julian Ha, Heidrick & Struggles, Chair – Washington, DC
  • David Turner, Kincannon & Reed, Vice Chair – Phoenix
  • Tony Bolliger, CareerSMITH, Secretary/Treasurer – Orange County, CA
  • Cathy Logue, Stanton Chase, Chair Emeritus – Toronto
  • Karen Greenbaum, AESC, Ex-officio – New York
  • Glenn Anderson, Signium USA – Cleveland
  • Alejandra Aranda, Humanitas Executive Search/ Cornerstone International Group – Santiago
  • Anthony Batchelor, Odgers Berndtson – Toronto
  • Judy Boreham, Diversified Search/ AltoPartners – Philadelphia
  • Suzanne Burns, Spencer Stuart – Chicago
  • Shaun Carpenter, PFM Executive Search/ Panorama Search – Vancouver
  • Sam Dinte, Dinte Executive Search/ IIC Partners – Washington, DC
  • Matrice Ellis-Kirk, RSR Partners – Dallas
  • Eileen Finn, Eileen Finn & Associates – New York
  • Rodrigo Foz Forte, EXEC – Executive Performance/ Panorama – São Paulo
  • Paul Groce, Leathwaite – New York
  • Alicia Hasell, Boyden – Houston
  • Molly Hull, Slayton Search Partners – Chicago
  • Michele James, Avery James Inc. – Los Angeles
  • Marianne McNamara, Coulter Partners – Boston
  • Nicolás Mora, Equation Partners/ AltoPartners – Santiago
  • Steve Newton, Russell Reynolds Associates – Houston
  • Morten Nielsen, WittKieffer – Cleveland
  • Chris Pantelidis, EMA Partners – New York
  • Shana Plott, Coleman Lew & Associates – Charlotte
  • Adriana Prates, Dasein Executive Search – Belo Horizonte
  • Pauly Rodney, Raines International – New York
  • José Ruiz, Alder Koten – Houston and Monterrey, Mexico
  • John Ryan, TRANSEARCH – Chicago
  • Thayanie Ujino, FESA Group/ IIC Partners – São Paulo

Asia Pacific and the Middle East:

  • Louisa Wong, Global Sage, Chair – Hong Kong
  • Fabrice Desmarescaux, Eric Salmon & Partners, Vice Chair – Singapore
  • James Young, Morgan Young, Secretary and Treasurer – Sydney
  • Nobi Kaneko, Kaneko & Associates, Chair Emeritus – Tokyo
  • Karen Greenbaum, AESC, Ex-officio – New York
  • Sonal Agrawal, Accord | India/ AltoPartners – Mumbai
  • Aparna Ahuja, Athena Executive Search and Consulting – Delhi
  • Catherine Andersen, Omera Partners, Chair, Membership & Development – Sydney
  • Nairouz Bader, The Envision Partnership/ IIC Partners – Dubai
  • Charles Bien, Signium – Hong Kong
  • Mark Braithwaite, Odgers Berndtson – Shanghai
  • Uday Chawla, TRANSEARCH, Co-Chair, India – New Delhi
  • Rosalind De Sailly, De Sailly Consulting – Sydney
  • Malcolm Duncan, The Insight Group, Chair, Australia – Sydney
  • Cecile Hofer, Amrop Hofer Tan – Singapore
  • Liz Jones, Fisher Leadership – Melbourne
  • Wassim Karkabi, Stanton Chase, Chair, Middle East – Dubai
  • James Lawrence-Brown, Leathwaite – Hong Kong
  • Stephen Leavy, Hobson Leavy Executive Search/ Panorama – Auckland
  • Anissa Low, WittKieffer – Singapore
  • Stephen McAlinden, Heidrick & Struggles, Chair, Hong Kong – Hong Kong
  • Neil Morrison, Boyden – Hong Kong & Singapore
  • Yen Pin Ng, Sheffield Haworth – Shanghai & Singapore
  • Phillip Osborne, Kincannon & Reed, Chair, Nomination & Governance – Sydney
  • Sachin Rajan, Russell Reynolds Associates – Mumbai
  • Sam Robinson, Intersearch Middle East – Dubai
  • Warren Rushbrook, Quinton Anthony – Sydney
  • K Sudarshan, EMA Partners International – Mumbai
  • Mohamad Turk, Rasd Executive Search – Dubai
  • Atul Vohra, TRANSEARCH, Co-Chair, India – New Delhi
  • Katherine Wang, Fitco-Consulting – Beijing
  • Jim Whittle, RSR Partners, Chair, Japan – Tokyo
  • David Wu, GMPTALENT International – Shanghai
  • Victoria Xiang, Spencer Stuart, Chair, China (excl. HK) – Shanghai
  • Edwin Yeo, Stanton Chase – Singapore

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