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Crawford Torell Dore Partnership
Principal, New York Office

Crawford Torell

Specialisms
  • Private Equity
  • Hedge Funds
  • Sales, Marketing & Investor Relations
  • Real Estate

Q&A with Crawford

What did you do before you joined Dore?

I worked in two different finance-oriented sales roles. One as an institutional equity salesperson on a trading floor, the other as a relationship manager/banker for JP Morgan’s high net worth clientele.

What prompted the move to executive search?

I loved the relationship building and problem solving of my previous roles, both in a fast-paced environment, but I was keen to move closer to the human side of the financial services space. I enjoy the psychological lens – what makes a person or a company tick, what are they trying to achieve, and how can a new hire help them reach their goals.

What attracted you to the role at Dore?

Moving to Dore allowed me to leverage my finance background yet move in a slightly different direction. As I came from a very big institution, I was really excited to be part of a smaller, tight-knit team. This brings with it a lot of benefits, such as the ability to take on more responsibility earlier and to work directly with, and be mentored by, senior people. Also, because of the size and culture of the firm, there is a lot of transparency in the way things are run and there’s a very meritocratic structure.

“I enjoy the psychological lens – what makes a person or a company tick, what are they trying to achieve, and how can a new hire help them reach their goals.”

What are the highlights of your work at Dore?

Hands down, the quality of the people I work with – internally and externally. The caliber of the roles we work on is impressive and our clients are often at the cutting edge of their field. Every day I am learning interesting new insights about trends in the marketplace from a variety of angles across our firm and across the market.

What have you learned through your career or through your time at Dore?

An immense amount! But specifically… I now understand much more deeply how hiring fits into a client’s big picture. It’s a piece of the puzzle that helps them on their journey to achieve big goals.  I’ve learnt a lot about how to interact with high-level clients and candidates and how to present and think on my feet. I believe all of these skills are useful in life generally.

What has challenged you?

This is a very people oriented business and learning to manage that has been interesting. We’re all human and sometimes people are hard to predict or anticipate. Thinking on my feet and developing emotional intelligence skills have helped with this.

What’s your most memorable moment so far?

No question, our company off-site for a week in Mykonos. It was the perfect setting for the global team to mix and get to know each other better, both professionally and personally. That time we spent together paid off in spades with collaboration on multiple search projects.

“Every day I am learning interesting new insights about trends in the marketplace from a variety of angles across our firm and across the market”