Pathfinder is your trusted advisor for all things related to the FinTech Talent Space. We started our business in 2013 as an alternative to generic recruiters in the market.

Pathfinder acts as a strategic consultant in this space; a close and trusted advisor on talent management, search and selection. We act with integrity and we deliver effective results. We see every client as a client for life and the strength of our relationships is proof that our philosophy works.

Trusted Talent Solutions


The Team


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.

Fiaz ToFiaz 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 KaiStephanie 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-AraujoVanessa 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.


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