Goldman Sachs recently promoted its new class of vice presidents (VPs). Among their number was a former associate with an atypical background: before joining Goldman Sachs in January 2015 he spent nearly two years at UK finance recruitment firm Aston Carter.
Nowadays, Andrew Pinnington doesn't even work in recruitment at Goldman: he's a VP in derivatives regulatory operations, focusing on things like MiFID II and EMIR.
So, how do you go from recruiter to regulatory expert? In Pinnington's case, he quit recruitment (where we suspect he was helping to fill regulatory roles) for consultancy firm Elixirr. After two years at Elixirr, he moved to Goldman as an associate. Now he's a VP there.
Pinnington could be an inspiration to other recruiters with an inclination to do the jobs they're hiring for. His own transition out of recruitment may have been smoothed by a secret weapon however: Pinnington has a first class degree in social and political sciences from Cambridge University. How many other people in the recruitment industry have the same?