Kate Butler

Director, Leadership Staffing, EMEA


Kate has 20 years’ experience in executive search, working at a large global firm, boutique and more recently, in-house. She currently leads executive hiring for Google in EMEA. 

Kate began her career as a Researcher with Russell Reynolds, working in the financial services, healthcare and board practices. She joined investment banking focused boutique The Rose Partnership and spent seven years there, focusing on corporate finance and then establishing a new corporate officers practice. Kate returned to Russell Reynolds as an Executive Director within the CFO practice. However, after four years she was lured away by the opportunity to see what life was like “on the other side” and establish an executive search function at Google. Kate has been part of creating an in-house executive search team at Google of over 130 people.

Kate has four children, aged 3 to 13.  She read Economics at Cambridge. She is a devotee of cold water swimming and escapes to her local Lido whenever possible.

Kate is passionate about learning and development and is excited to have the opportunity through SWISH to meet other talented individuals in executive search, to share ideas and learn from each other.