Financial Services

For a Better World


Firms With a Clear Digital Strategy Will Continue To Capitalize On Disruption

Let us help you hire the right people to lead your organization through a digital transformation.

Industry Disruption

Financial institutions are facing unprecedented change in market dynamics and consumer behaviors. Disruption from emerging technologies is forcing firms to implement new business models that increase customer loyalty, streamline operations and reduce costs. The rise of digital is creating opportunity for new revenue growth, but also opening firms up to new risks and regulatory scrutiny.


Our team is experienced providing talent insights, market research, intelligence, recruitment strategies and in building teams across:

  • Asset Management
  • Corporate & Investment Banking
  • Financial Technology
  • Hedge Fund
  • Insurance
  • Payments
  • Private Wealth Management
  • Private Equity
  • Retail Banking

Digital Transformation

Diverse organizations are able to transform more effectively. A core focus for Willard Powell is to build diverse leadership teams that are capable of setting clear digital strategies and that have a history of executing enterprise transformations. Our team is passionate about and capable of helping you increase diversity in general. We understand the challenges and great need for increased gender diversity in financial services.

Areas of Focus

We look for balanced leaders that find sustainability through disruption and drive innovative change while maintaining appropriate levels of risk management and regulatory protection. Innovation areas of particular focus include alternative payments, artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT, and robotic process automation (RPA). Control areas of greater focus include anti-money laundering, global sanctions, data privacy and cybersecurity.

The Challenge

Change in consumer demands and demographics are reshaping the foundation of financial services. Digital disruptions are creating for greater market volatility and firms are innovating at increasing rates. Innovative talent in a highly regulated industry is not easily found. We build digital workforces by monitoring competitor trends, engaging with transformational talent and screening for cultural alignment.

Our Approach

Our team brings a fresh perspective on the dynamic nature of financial services talent markets. We leverage proprietary sourcing technologies to analyze talent data, form hypotheses and engage candidates. This systematic and data oriented approach allows us to uncover unique sourcing channels, create greater diversity in talent pipelines and build higher levels of trust in decision making.

How can we help you hire leaders that can inspire a digital transformation?

Areas of Specialization

Digital Product Management

Human Centered Design

Cyber Security

Artificial Intelligence

Data Science

Functions Supported

Technology &


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President & Founding Partner

David McInnis

David has 17 years of global recruitment experience and is Founding Partner of Willard Powell. Prior to founding Willard Powell, David worked with Leathwaite International, a global executive search firm. Before his employment with Leathwaite, David worked for Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo Securities) supporting the firm’s Investment Banking & Capital Markets Technology group. David is a graduate of Lasell College in Newton, MA, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Management Information Systems. David also serves as a Trustee on Lasell’s Board.


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