The Pathfinder team is not just the face of our business but the living embodiment of our “Insight. Empathy. Results.” philosophy.
Fran Thompson, Managing Director. The face of Pathfinder Asia, Fran has over 20 years’ regional experience across virtually all segments of the financial services industry. An Executive MBA graduate from Kellogg HKUST, Fran is adept at identifying and implementing successful market strategies for specific client segments and territories. She is passionate about getting the chemistry right between companies and candidates and is a firm believer that trusted talent solutions are critical to making good companies great.
Gavin Williamson, Executive Advisor. Gavin has 25 years’ experience in the financial industry, running Equity businesses in Asia and Europe; managing them through changing regulations, market structure and client requirements. Most recently as Managing Director at HSBC, Gavin spent 14 years in Hong Kong and London as Global Equity COO, ensuring HSBC adjusted its business to adapt to the changes brought on by new regulation and client demands. Prior to HSBC, Gavin was Head of Electronic Equity products at Deutsche Bank and Director of Electronic Trading at Citibank in Hong Kong.
Catherine Cummings, Executive Advisor. Catherine is the CEO of SparkWorks Talent which works closely with Pathfinder and their clients around the world. At SparkWorks, Catherine focuses on small- and medium-sized businesses in the throes of global restructuring, transformation, and/or periods of rapid growth. Prior to founding SparkWorks, Catherine spent 20 years in executive-level HR, holding positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and serving as head of HR for IMC Financial Markets. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, an M.S. in Human Resources from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. from the University of Illinois.
Vivian Kwong, Executive Consultant. Vivian is a global financial products marketing professional with extensive experience in market strategy, product development, and customer insight. Vivian started her career in application development for the financial information services industry then moved into sales and account management. Experience managing technical and pre-sales projects, and providing support and training to sales and customers. Speaking fluent English and Chinese allows Vivian to effectively communicate at all levels within the fin-tech community.
Orla Keeley, Executive Consultant. Born and raised in Ireland. After graduating from University College Dublin, Orla embarked upon a successful career in Sydney and London. Orla joined Pathfinder Talent Solutions in 2018 as an Executive Consultant. With over 10 years previous experience in HR and recruitment, Orla’s approach is to engage and collaborate with clients and candidates in an authentic, personable and professional manner. She is focused on obtaining valuable knowledge in the Finance and Technology industries, to ensure trusted solutions for our clients, candidates and the businesses they support.
Fiaz To, Director of Business Services. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she has over 12 years client facing experience in Hospitality and Financial Services. Fiaz joined Pathfinder Talent Solutions at the beginning of 2014, she is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She has helped Pathfinder’s clients identify and tackle complex HR challenges by providing consultancy and advice on Labour Law, payroll and visa processing. Fiaz’s mission is to ensure all Pathfinder business and recruitment is conducted efficiently and effectively.
Stephanie Kai, Business Services Manager. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Stephanie has over 10 years of experience in back-office operations and sales support. She is committed to giving the highest level of service to both clients and candidates, providing professional advice on internal CRM systems, process improvement and staff management. Stephanie joined Pathfinder in 2017 and has already demonstrated she is a valuable asset for the continued growth of Pathfinder Talent Solutions.
Vanessa Araujo, Digital Marketing Consultant. Vanessa is an experienced digital marketing specialist focused on developing digital strategies to meet business objectives while enhancing performance and ROI. Vanessa’s career started over seven years ago in Silicon Valley and later evolved to working for one of the major lead generation players in the U.S. Currently Vanessa is Managing Director at VeMedia Online where she focuses on helping professionals, start-ups and medium size businesses become relevant players in the digital scene.