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SterlingJames: New Global Insurance Executive Search Firm

SterlingJames: New Global Insurance Executive Search Firm

A team of experienced search executives has formed Sterling James to serve the strategic human capital needs of the global insurance industry.

“Our dream has been to represent a smaller number of clients in deep relationships without the conflicts of interest inherent as part of a larger firm.”

Co-founders Bruce Halbeck, Erin Hamrick, and Simon Harrison were all senior members of the insurance practices of the two largest executive recruiters, Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart, before launching Sterling James.

The founding partners have served clients on six continents and across all sectors of the insurance industry. They bring 53 years of collective experience gained from leadership roles at the world’s largest executive search firms.

Bruce Halbeck, co-founding partner, said, “Our dream has been to represent a smaller number of clients in deep relationships without the conflicts of interest inherent as part of a larger firm.” Halbeck co-led the Insurance Practice at Spencer Stuart, and led the Global Insurance Practice at Heidrick & Struggles.

Co-founder Erin Hamrick emphasized the consultative, confidential nature of the relationship between Sterling James and its clients. “We are a & lsquo;high-touch’ organization and personally execute our search assignments.

With decades of experience, we know how to best represent our clients and guide successful executives through the process of learning about an opportunity while we assess their fit. It is critical to handle every step of the process personally, especially when working with the top executive team of an organization,” she said.

Hamrick previously served with a multiline insurance carrier, an insurance brokerage firm and as a partner at Heidrick & Struggles before joining Spencer Stuart as a senior member of their insurance practice.

Simon Harrison, Sterling James co-founder in London, added, “Having the strong relationships we developed over many years serving the insurance sector is critical to finding the best solution in the best way. People trust us and speak candidly about what they know so that we can identify the best candidates and run a graceful, efficient process for our clients.”

Harrison practiced as a commercial lawyer in London prior to leading the European Insurance Practice at Heidrick & Struggles.

Over the past 25 years, the founding partners have served a wide range of clients, from large publicly-traded corporations and mutual companies to small venture capital-backed startups. Their sector expertise is similarly broad, spanning property/casualty, reinsurance, life/annuity, brokerage and insurance related services businesses.

Sterling James’ founders have also served a global set of clients. Harrison noted, “To find the right executives, you need to be able to access all markets and understand the unique cultures of each geographic region of the insurance community. We are frequently asked to seek candidates from the United States, United Kingdom, Bermuda and Continental Europe, and have conducted truly global searches for firms in Asia, Australia, South America and Africa” Harrison said.

Sterling James has offices in London, New York and Chicago.


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