Philip DeFord

Partner, Jobplex

Philip serves as a Jobplex Partner in the St. Louis office and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. He specializes in financial services, finance, private equity and nonprofit.

Philip DeFord

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Philip has expertise in the financial services, food & beverage, technology, industrial & manufacturing and nonprofit sectors. He has experience with private equity, family-owned and publicly traded companies and understands the nuances of recruiting into each of them. He exhibits the highest level of professional service through a consultative approach, strong work ethic and impressive professional network.

Prior to joining DHR in 2009, Philip was a member of the Banking, Finance, Private Equity and Corporate Development Practices at an executive search firm in Singapore. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of a garment trading company in Hong Kong.

Philip is on the board of the World Affairs Council and the advisory board of the Boeing Institute of International Business at the Chaifetz School at St. Louis University, where he is an adjunct instructor. He graduated from Colby College in Maine with a Bachelor of Arts and has a Master of Business Administration from Stern School at New York University.

Emerging Leader Search

Jobplex focuses on the recruitment of middle managers and various professional staff positions using a distinctive methodology that combines a team of researchers with the expertise of hands-on, industry-proven consultants to ensure successful hires. From a single search to an enterprise recruiting project, Jobplex ensures exceptional talent through unique solutions.
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Financial Services

DHR provides global executive search and recruitment services for banks of all sizes, asset and wealth management firms, capital markets, hedge funds, endowments and foundations, private equity and venture capital firms, insurance companies, broker-dealers, real estate firms, specialty finance companies and other diversified financial services organizations, including mortgage, financial technology and payment firms.
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Consumer & Retail

Consultants in DHR’s Consumer & Retail Practice have extensive experience providing executive search to a variety of consumer organizations. Our team brings to each engagement unsurpassed marketplace knowledge and insight relative to identifying, accessing, developing, assimilating and retaining top consumer talent.
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