Philip DeFord


Philip serves as a Partner in the St. Louis office and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. He specializes in financial services, finance, private equity and nonprofit.

Philip DeFord

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Philip has expertise in the financial services, food & beverage, technology, industrial & manufacturing and nonprofit sectors. He has experience with private equity, family-owned and publicly traded companies and understands the nuances of recruiting into each of them. He exhibits the highest level of professional service through a consultative approach, strong work ethic and impressive professional network.

Prior to joining DHR in 2009, Philip was a member of the Banking, Finance, Private Equity and Corporate Development Practices at an executive search firm in Singapore. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of a garment trading company in Hong Kong.

Philip is on the board of the World Affairs Council and the advisory board of the Boeing Institute of International Business at the Chaifetz School at St. Louis University, where he is an adjunct instructor. He graduated from Colby College in Maine with a Bachelor of Arts and has a Master of Business Administration from Stern School at New York University.

Financial Services

We understand the business issues, challenges and opportunities you face and are able to generate better results. Areas of specialty within the Financial Services Practice include: Alternative Investments Asset and Wealth Management Consumer and Commercial Financial Services Fintech Global Banking…
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Consumer & Retail

Companies in today’s competitive marketplace require leaders who can serve as change agents, who possess a thorough understanding of new marketing formats and techniques and who communicate a long-term strategic vision for the organization.
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Advanced Technology

Areas of specialty within the Advanced Technology Practice include: Cloud Services Data, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence Digital Hardware & Electronics Internet of Things Semiconductor SaaS Telecom and Communications
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