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"    Acquisition creates platform for the world's leading specialist cleantech and renewable energy executive search practice

Kinsey Allen International, the global executive search firm has acquired RUSTON wheb, the specialist cleantech and renewable energy search firm.

RUSTON wheb was part of the Wheb group of companies founded by Ben Goldsmith, a prominent investor in the cleantech sector. Established in 2000, Ruston Wheb is one of the most successful search businesses in the high-growth cleantech market having completed over 300 board level appointments since inception. It specialises in providing executive and non-executive search services to early stage cleantech businesses, the investment funds by which they are backed, and large blue-chips across Europe and North America.

Kinsey Allen International specialises in executive search and senior interim assignments in the financial and professional services markets across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States.

RUSTON wheb will incorporate Kinsey Allen International's cleantech division, Kinsey Allen Cleantech, to create one specialist cleantech executive search firm. The cleantech practice will be led by RUSTON wheb's Ian Jenkins and will continue to operate under the RUSTON wheb banner.

Ben Goldsmith, who founded RUSTON wheb along with Rob Wylie and Kim Heyworth, said: "We've always thought that at some stage RUSTON wheb needed to be part of a larger executive search organisation. Kinsey Allen International was always the natural choice for us. They offer our clients a global platform coupled with local expertise and their model of industry specialisation fits perfectly with our business. The cleantech sector is vital in the development of the UK and global economy and Kinsey Allen International are superbly placed to help service our existing clients and drive the business forward.  We are looking forward to continuing to work with RUSTON wheb under new ownership."

Ken Brotherston, CEO of Kinsey Allen International, added: "RUSTON wheb has an outstanding track record within the cleantech sector and we share many of the same values and principles in servicing our respective clients and candidates. We identified the cleantech market as an area in which we want to develop and so launched Kinsey Allen Cleantech this year. Clients continue to demand increased levels of specialisation and this deal confirms our commitment to the sector and our dedication to our clients."

Kinsey Allen International is one of the world's largest financial and professional services executive search firms.  It comprises approximately 80 consultants across three continents in its offices in New York, Boston, Hong Kong, Munich, Paris, London, Brighton, Zurich and Doha.   
It provides executive search and interim solutions across the Risk, Compliance, Legal, Insurance, Pensions, Corporate Finance, Infrastructure & Structured Finance, Asset Management, Alternative Investments, Equities, Fixed Income, Energy & Commodities, Environmental, and Cleantech and Renewables markets.

For further information, please contact:
James Craig, Senior Account Executive; The Wriglesworth Consultancy: 020 7427 1405
Debbie Bennett, Marketing Director; Kinsey Allen International: 020 7847 3600

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