Ted Kister, a founding partner, is the Chief Operating Officer of David Barrett Partners. He began his career in executive search with Russell Reynolds Associates in New York, where he became a Managing Director and served as a corporate officer and a member of the firm's executive committee. In 1995, he joined Pendleton James Associates, a leading boutique search firm. During 2000, Pendleton James Associates merged with London-based Whitehead Mann Group, and Ted became head of the North American Financial Officers Practice. Ted began his business career with KPMG Peat Marwick, where he served a wide range of financial services clients. He received an AB in English from Amherst College and an MBA from New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.