About Westcott Black

The world’s leading Executive Search firm focussed on Data and Analytics in Capital Markets Fintech

The Company

John Burr and George Nice founded Westcott Black Partners with the very simple goal of focusing on a specific part of the Financial Services ecosystem, namely how data and technology were shaping global capital markets . Although operating as one global firm, the Westcott Black team are purposely narrow and deep in focus and as a direct result, bring insights and expertise in our field.

Having run the Financial Services practices at some of the leading global executive  search firms , the 2008 GFC gave pause for thought. The movement towards technology and innovation within capital markets was clear and our commitment to this for 15 years, has led Westcott Black to now being trusted advisors to clients across the globe.

The Leadership team

John Burr

John is Managing Partner of Westcott Black Partners. He began his career in institutional capital markets solutions sales at UBS in London and New York, before moving into executive search with a focus on front office structured product solutions and QIS working across the buy and sell side.

Post the GFC of 2008, he has focused on how technology has  been the catalyst and optimising innovation agent for growth within financial markets. In recent years , as data, analytics and AI have become the key factors for driving investment performance and business efficiencies, the majority of his time is spent advising clients on strategy in these areas and how best to execute this globally.
When not travelling for work, John does his best to juggle family life with 4 children, he shares a passion for all things musical with his wife , whilst attempting to retain his youth via boxing, running and the occasional round of golf.

George Nice

George is Managing Partner of Westcott Black Partners. He started his Executive Search career in Capital Markets, hiring front office professionals across the globe for the world’s leading Investment Banks and Asset Managers. 

Since 2007 his focus has been on data and technology, specifically partnering with firms who are shaping the future of financial services. He has partnered with the leading information services and financial market infrastructure enterprises across the globe and has advised preeminent Private Equity and Asset Managers on their data analytics and technology strategies. 
Aside from work George spends his time either coaching or watching his sons play any and every sport. He and his wife love to travel and enjoying different cultures and cuisines across the globe! 

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Client testimonials

Westcott Black stand out as highly engaging talent experts working at the intersection of technology, capital markets and ESG who have been a pleasure to work with over the last few years . Their proposition is compelling given their global connectivity and insightful, strategic understanding of their clients in the context of global macro economic dynamics and the competitive landscape.
Alicia Reyes Revuelta
President & CEO / Momentus Securities LLC
Having dealt with a lot of search firms in the past, I have no hesitation in recommending the Westcott Black team. Not only very strategic, they know the index, data, fintech and asset management space incredibly well; they are extremely thoughtful in their approach and thoroughly good humans too!
Fiona Bassett
CEO / FTSE Russell
Westcott Black has deep industry knowledge, an incredible network, and an uncanny ability to make valuable connections. They have their finger on the pulse and know where we should be investing for today, and also tomorrow. They are the most strategic executive recruiter I have ever worked with.
Suzy Walther
Chief People Officer / FalconX
Westcott Black is the Executive Search firm of choice within the investment management service and data provider space. I have worked with them across the globe to build high performing, diverse teams in both the public and private markets space. They are strategic, connected, honest and work at a cadence I have not seen from other firms.
Jay McNamara
President / Burgiss
From the moment I engaged with Westcott Black, I was impressed by their personalized approach and dedication to understanding my individual strengths and aspirations.

They took the time to thoroughly assess my skills and experiences, ensuring they were well-aligned with executive-level opportunities. Their expertise in the data and analytics and fintech space enabled them to identify the perfect match for my professional growth. Westcott Black's comprehensive knowledge of global financial markets and their focus on technology and financial services make them exceptional partners in executive-level searches. Their deep understanding of industry trends, emerging technologies, and the specific skill sets sought by employers enables them to provide invaluable insights and guidance.

I am immensely grateful to Westcott Black for their unwavering support, professionalism, and commitment in helping me land the perfect executive-level position for the next step in my career. Their mission to build impactful, sustainable, and diverse leadership teams across financial technology, asset management, and private equity sectors is also truly commendable.

I wholeheartedly recommend Westcott Black to individuals seeking leadership opportunities as well as employers seeking qualified candidates. Westcott Black's expertise and personalized approach make them a reliable and trusted partner in the ever-evolving landscape of the technology, data and financial services industry.
Saleem Khan
Chief Digital Product Officer / VettaFi

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