Our Team

HUNTINGTON

GERARD L. PENNEFATHER

Founder and Managing Partner

Gerard L. Pennefather is Founder and Chairman of The Huntington Group, comprising Huntington Partners, Huntington Capital Partners and Huntington Search Partners.  Huntington largely owns, operates, and invests in companies focused on the (re)insurance as well as the human capital industry in Asia.

A Chartered Accountant by training, he started his career as a corporate raider and has extensive investment banking experience.

He is also Chairman of Nexus Structured Solutions and Non-Executive Chairman of Nexus Underwriting Asia and is also an independent director of Transamerica Life Bermuda in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bermuda.


He currently resides in Singapore and divides his time between Asia and Europe.

HUNTINGTON CAPITAL PARTNERS

STEVE PUCKETT OBE

Managing Partner

Steve Puckett is Managing Partner of Huntington Capital Partners, having been with the group for 20 years, focussing mostly on industrials and emerging businesses and funds. He has extensive international experience, with most of that time developing and leading businesses in Asia.

In addition to his role with Huntington, he owns energy and transition advisory businesses with a network of professionals throughout Asia and provides independent strategic advice to the private equity, venture capital and corporate investment communities.

He has held senior executive positions in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, and has had extensive responsibilities as Vice President for Asia Pacific with a major international energy business.  His reach and experience extend across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. He has managed multi-billion-dollar operations, directed large groups of professionals and carried regional accountabilities. He has developed investment funds, managed acquisitions and guided large-scale change in organisations.

He has served as President of the British Chamber of Commerce and has had held several academic governance and non-profit roles. He is an Eminent Fellow of the Energy Institute, a Fellow of the IChemE and Fellow of the IES.

He currently resides in Singapore.

HUNTINGTON SEARCH PARTNERS

DANIELLE PENNEFATHER

Chief Executive Officer

Danielle has twenty years of B2B sales and account management experience in consulting and IT services, covering Fortune 500 enterprise clients in the Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Pharmaceutical and high tech manufacturing space.

She has previously won multi-year deals exceeding USD50 million (14 – 60 countries). Past global accounts handled has generated multi-million dollar annual revenues. She has also managed end-to-end sales cycle and led a full bid team.

SKILLS

  • Set up and lead globally based sales team
  • Global Account Management & Turnaround
  • C-level Relationships
  • Consultative Selling
  • Complex Deals
  • Go-to-Market Solution Engineering
PARTNERS & ADVISORS

ANTHONY EGERTON

Partner

Tony Egerton is a Senior Partner of Huntington for more than 15 years, focussing on its insurance interests.  He has 35 years of experience in (re)insurance and structured finance. After spending 15 years in the London insurance market, as both a broker and an underwriter, he has been in Asia ever since, initially in Hong Kong with Centre Solutions – Zurich Group’s finite risk and structured finance subsidiary, and then more recently as President, Asia-Pacific for Lloyd’s of London, based in Singapore.

On behalf of Huntington, Tony is a Director of several regional (re)insurance businesses, as well as being the Principal Officer of Nexus Structured Solutions Limited (fka Huntington Underwriting Limited), a Labuan Underwriting Manager which is part of the larger Nexus Underwriting Group.

Tony has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Cambridge University, holds a MBA from the London Business School, is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and is also a Certified Executive Coach.

He currently resides in Singapore.

NGAI KAY CHEUNG

Partner

Ngai Kay Cheung has led the Huntington Research, Analysis and Evaluation team for more than 5 years.   He has over 10 of years of experience in corporate finance, specialising in research and analysis in merger and acquisitions, capital raising, strategic advisory, due diligence, strategic and organizational reviews for companies, brokers, Lloyd’s syndicates, and private equity funds. He has successfully completed numerous projects, facilitating all stages of the deal process, ultimately helping clients divest and/or establish a footprint and, expand their businesses in the region.

He is a graduate of Singapore Management University with a Bachelor of Accountancy majoring in finance

He currently resides in Singapore.

OLIVIER WALLNER

Partner

Olivier Wallner has been a Partner of Huntington for more than 15 years, focussing on the axis of its Western Europe-Asia business.  He has an MBA from the leading French business school HEC. He joined a subsidiary of the BNP Group as a Private Banker in Africa and returned to France to become the BIAO Group’s treasurer.

He joined the Lazard Freres Group In 1989 and held the position of CFO of SOVAC until1996, when the Company was acquired by GECC. He was one of the founders and Chairman of AFGAP (the French Assets and Liabilities Management Association.) and was appointed Managing Director of Lazard Asia, in Singapore.

Later, Olivier set up the management advisory firm, Phoenix Management Asia, and has since been actively involved in helping global companies operating in the region undertake corporate restructuring and investment projects. He co-founded WP Capital in 2001 and subsequently joined Huntington.

He currently resides in Brussels.

JONATHAN TOW PBM

Partner

Jonathan was Ambassador of Singapore to Turkiye and Deputy High Commissioner to India, Bhutan and Nepal. Apart from Turkiye, he has extensive experience in India and South Asia, playing a leading role to spearhead Singapore’s multifaceted engagement of the region. He also represented Singapore at the United Nations in New York, overseeing multilateral negotiations on international security. His geographical focus would be South Asia, Central Asia and Turkiye.

Jonathan has a BA (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and a MA (Hons) from Georgetown University, USA. An active community leader, he was awarded the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) – or Public Service Medal – by the President of Singapore in 2019.

He currently resides in Singapore.

 

MARC LIEBERMAN

Partner

Marc was most recently President and CEO of Transamerica Life Bermuda where he successfully helmed this leading HNW life insurance company based in Bermuda with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Prior to Transamerica, Marc was CEO MetLife Australia, European Regional CEO of The Hartford, and CEO ING New Zealand. He was previously CEO Washington Square Securities and Locust Street Securities, both Life Insurance Brokerage Firm subsidiaries of ING US. Marc has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies and Finance from Buffalo State College and currently resides in Las Vegas, NV, USA.

BILL BOSSANY

Senior Advisor

Bill holds a Master’s Degree in International Management from Thunderbird. His career has spanned more than 30 years in international healthcare management and health insurance and general insurance. Bill has worked across the globe in places such as the Pacific Basin, Dubai and, for over two decades in China and Asia. Bill was previously Head of Health Greater China at Munich Re in Beijing.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

XAVIER MIET

Director

Xavier has 20+ years of experience in Banking, Insurance and Tech, 15 of these in Asia, and a track record of advising senior executives and running businesses during both growth and contraction periods, and using organic and inorganic means to achieve strategic objectives.

His recent focus has centred around business expansion through digital partnerships, organizational transformation and challenging status quo.

Xavier holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD as well as two Master of Science degrees in digital communication from Telecom ParisTech and in electrical engineering from ENSEIRB.

ALPER YAPALAK

Analyst

Prior to joining Huntington, Alper held growth specialist positions in various tech startups focusing on business analytics and data mining. Alper holds a BA in Management Information Systems from Boğaziçi University in Türkiye.

He currently resides in Singapore.

JANICE THONG

Consultant

Janice has been with Huntington since 2007, and has been instrumental in the business expansion outside Singapore. Her recruiting experience, combined with perseverance and an intuitive skill for assessing individual talent capabilities, has enabled her to complete various assignments across Asia Pacific and Europe. She is versatile and able to execute successful placements of C-Suite positions as well as middle level roles.

She currently resides in Singapore.