Matthew Whitman

Matthew Whitman

Regional Chief Operating Officer

Matthew is an Executive Director and Regional Chief Operations Officer, based in Hong Kong.

He is responsible for the management of Aquis Search’s offices across Asia. In addition, his role and remit include responsibility for internal recruitment and retention, training and development, operations, processes, systems, database architecture and management, internal and external stakeholder management, vendor management, sales and marketing strategy, business development and senior level external recruitment.

Matthew has over fifteen years of recruitment and executive search experience, following on from an early career in the legal profession working for a Magic Circle law firm and a large national law firm, as well as the insurance and wealth management sector.  He has successfully built and grown several recruitment companies in Hong Kong and has forged long term partnerships with clients and candidates across the region.

Matthew has always recruited in the corporate governance space with a core focus and specialism within risk management and has successfully recruited regional heads of operational risk, market risk, liquidity risk and credit risk for many leading banks, asset management companies, hedge funds, insurance companies and securities companies. In addition, he has placed senior candidates in compliance, financial crime compliance and audit. Matthew now purely focuses on senior level executive search for Senior Vice President, Executive Director and Managing Director level across the corporate governance and the COO space.  

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Law from The University of Manchester, United Kingdom and obtained his Legal Practice Course (LPC) from The College of Law, United Kingdom.


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