David has over 25 years of broad-based experience in senior level recruiting in the investment and wealth management fields. Prior to 2005 when he founded David Barrett Partners (DBP), an international investment and wealth management search firm with 10 recruiters in New York, London and Boston, he worked at two global search firms, including Heidrick & Struggles from 1995 to 2003, where he was the Partner-in-Charge of the Global Asset and Wealth Management Practice. DBP has been recognized by Chief Investment Officer Magazine and Institutional Investor as one of the leading CIO recruiters in the endowment, foundation, plan sponsor, wealth and family office areas.
David received a BA from Yale University and obtained his MBA from Columbia University. He began his career in equity research with Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. Following graduate school, David returned to investment management as an Equity Analyst with Trust Company of the West in Los Angeles before moving into executive search with Russell Reynolds Associates, initially in Los Angeles and then Singapore and New York.