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New York  -  October 2022

Tom Connolly Joins Kingsley Gate Partners as Chief Human Resources Officer

New York – October 5, 2022 – Kingsley Gate Partners, a global executive search firm that is private-equity backed, tech-enabled, and rapidly expanding worldwide, today announced that Tom Connolly has joined the firm as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Based in Boston, Tom will lead human resources globally and drive the firm’s global human capital strategy.

Tom spent more than 25 years working with companies undergoing major transformation. In addition, Tom built two successful business-to-consumer companies from scratch and subsequently sold them.

Before joining Kingsley Gate, Tom served as managing director at GattiHR and founder of TalentBoost™️. He has held CHRO roles across major global companies, including his time as senior vice president and CHRO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He oversaw all aspects of Vertex’s global HR activities during a period of phenomenal growth and a radical rotation of the company’s therapeutic focus. He served as CHRO for UBS, working on more than a dozen transactions, including the acquisition of Paine Webber and Enron Energy Services. During his time there, the investment banking division grew from #16 to #3 in the world. He was also the CHRO at MF Global during that company’s turnaround effort and has held HR leadership roles at major corporations including Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Aetna, and Lehman Brothers. Tom has managed HR operations in more than 40 countries, and has completed expatriate assignments in London, Zurich, and Tokyo.

“I’m so honored to be joining this extraordinary organization. Kingsley Gate Partners has a leadership team that is absolutely committed to human capital excellence and a vision for transforming executive search. I’m looking forward to contributing to this vision,” said Tom.

“We are excited to add Tom to Kingsley Gate’s leadership team,” said Francesca d’Arcangeli, COO of Kingsley Gate Partners. “With his expertise in driving large-scale and complex change, and his mastery of people and culture development, Tom has the perfect skill set to lead us into our next chapter of growth while ensuring that Kingsley Gate is the best firm to work for.”

Tom holds a BA in Psychology, an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an MA in Health Care Administration. He also holds an MBA from Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Adler University in Chicago, focusing on Organizational Behavior and Social Justice.

About Kingsley Gate Partners
Transforming the world of retained executive search, Kingsley Gate Partners leverages its proprietary and tech-enabled search platform and a world-class cadre of consultants to provide greater accountability, accuracy, velocity, and transparency to the search process in a manner that ensures a lasting strategic fit between executives and clients. The firm’s search consultants operate globally with expertise in all major industries and markets. It serves best-of-breed organizations in over 30 countries. For more information, go to

Editorial contact:
Natalie Bennett
Kingsley Gate Partners
Phone: 216.930.4895
Email: [email protected]