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William J. Farrell


William Farrell (Boyden) leads the Greater China Practice. His substantial search experience includes manufacturing, shipping, and logistics.

Professional Focus

  • Over 20 years’ experience in executive search
  • Specialties in the industrial and financial services industries, with particular expertise in asset management and insurance
  • Focus on regional and country level CEO and business development roles, as well as human resources management and CFO appointments
  • Frequently conducts cross-border searches in close collaboration with Boyden teams across Asia-Pacific
  • Fluent in Mandarin and English

Business Expertise

  • Successful track record in a variety of industries, including automotive, chemicals and specialty minerals goods and logistics
  • Extensive experience in the financial services sector, particularly asset management and insurance

Practice Membership

Global Industry Practices

  • Banking & Capital Markets
  • Financial Services, APAC Leader
  • Industrial, APAC Leader
  • Logistics/Supply Chain

Global Cross-Sector Practices

  • CEO & Board Services
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital, APAC Leader

Education & Certifications

  • BA in History from University of Minnesota
  • Completed Advanced Consulting Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

Affiliations & Awards

  • Member, Boyden World Corporation Board of Directors
  • Former Vice-Chairman, Board of Governors and Supervisors American Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman, Nominations Committee, American Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman, Human Resources Committee, American Chamber of Commerce
  • Boyden Board of Directors Award, 2009
  • Boyden Spirit Award, 2006
  • Asia-Pacific Sidney Boyden Award, 1997



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