Kate Walsh

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Kate Walsh is a senior member of the firm’s global Consumer Sector. She leads the Retail practice in the UK advising clients on CEO succession and broader c-suite and board appointments. Outside of the UK, Kate works closely with clients in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific on search, succession, assessment and referencing projects that require a global perspective as well as an extensive and trusted network. Kate’s clients span the gamut of modern retail from the world’s largest ecommerce companies to leading national and international grocery brands as well as fast-growing direct to consumer fashion, beauty and lifestyle disruptors. She is experienced working with both listed companies and those that are investor/private equity backed. A former national newspaper journalist, she also leads the firm’s corporate communications work in the UK working closely with CEOs to make key appointments in corporate communications, public affairs and IR.

Having been a journalist herself, Kate brings a unique and valuable perspective when advising CEOs on this crucial hire. Kate’s clients span the FTSE 100 and 250 as well as those private equity backed businesses that recognise the powerful role of a sophisticated communications strategy in driving value. Prior to joining the firm, Kate was a national newspaper business journalist. She spent six years at The Sunday Times as Retail and Luxury Correspondent. Interviewing world leaders in the retail, fashion and food industries left her with a deep interest and connection to the retail world and those that lead it.

Kate holds a BA degree in English and Classics from University College, Dublin. She also has a post-graduate certificate in journalism from the London College of Printing. Kate is based in London.
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Areas of Expertise

Board Director and Chair Search Board Effectiveness Board of Directors CEO Succession Chief Executive Officers Executive Search Legal, Risk, and Compliance Leisure and Hospitality Private Capital Retail and Luxury

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