Samuel Stylianou – Chairman

Appointed Chairman at Riverhouse in 2018, Sam advises and supports the firm on its vision and strategic goals. He brings to the firm his over 20 years of international search experience to help the team broaden their thinking and ambition. In a changing business environment Sam brings his considerable experience to the firm and is instrumental in positioning the Riverhouse edge as a firm focused on not only financial services executive search, but also in developing the firms expertise in promoting diversity and impact investing. Alongside his position at Riverhouse he is the founder and Managing Partner of leon.partners, championing exceptional diverse talent. Sam shares the company’s vision of building long-term strategic relationships with its clients where the firm is known for solving critical and challenging hiring problems. Sam also works closely with the firm’s strategic consultancy, Riverhouse Solutions helping our clients in their acquisition and growth plans.

Sam developed his executive search expertise originally in the financial services search industry at Armstrong International, eventually as the Managing Partner of the firm from 2002-2008. In the 14 years with the company, Sam successfully navigated the Asian, Russian and LTCM crises. Armstrong was one of the first firms to spot the opportunity to fully align recruitment capabilities, service centricity and excellent research to match the model of investment banks with a strong product and functional segmentation to better and faster serve these clients across their multifarious growth ambitions across EMEA. In 2011 he joined CTPartners in Geneva eventually as the Head of the Asset & Wealth Management Practice for EMEA.  After a brief stint at a Boutique US search firm in Zurich, Sam set up his own search business focusing on Asset & Wealth Management for a select group of clients.

Sam is based in Zug, a dual French/Cypriot national raised in London. He speaks fluent French and studied at London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a BSC in Economics.