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David Rutherford
Chief Client Officer
O: +44 (20) 8126 6213 x1014
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With 22 years in commercial and leadership roles, David has a proven track record of delivering value across corporate, private, and family enterprises, with a focus on outcomes-based performance. He is passionate about maximising opportunities for skills development as well as opportunities for young professionals within this prolonged period of change in which multiple drivers are in play. These include policy direction, artificial intelligence and the changing nature of work and the workplace. Such factors have and will continue to create opportunities and challenges for businesses and emphasise the need to balance agility with resilience.

David leads ZRG’s Private Equity business across Europe, a skilled team with deep experience across the talent agenda whose members work together to deliver value at Fund and Portfolio levels. Our toolkit includes the Zi Platform and a first-of-its-kind algorithm focused upon predicting culture fit, both designed to arm clients with leading data and insights to enhance decision-making, drive productivity, and support ongoing leadership development.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining ZRG, David was the Markets Leader for EY’s private business in the UK for three years, working with a broad array of clients and third-party platforms. His work included key themes such as growth strategy, digital transformation, and productivity improvement. Prior to EY, David held positions within businesses including BT Syntegra, American Express, and RELX.

Areas of Expertise

David’s specific areas of expertise include commercial management and coaching, go-to-market strategies, salesforce effectiveness and Global Account Management.


He earned a BA (Hons) from the University of Manchester.

Hobbies and Interests

David is a proud father of two children, and outside of work and family he is passionate about food and wine where he enjoys exploring restaurants with his wife Lara. In addition, he is a huge sports fan and pursues personal fitness and wellbeing via running and boxing.