Executive Search & Executive Coaching

Sandy Scherzer (Gross)

Founder & Managing Partner

Sandy formed Pinetum Partners LLC in 2004 as a retained executive search and executive coaching firm, and has since been recognized as one of the top 50 executive search firms in the U.S. in financial services.

In her coaching work, Sandy partners with managers and leaders across a range of industries. She helps them develop a broader perspective and supports them in gaining self-awareness, unlocking their potential, clarifying goals, and aligning their developmental needs with the objectives of their organization.


Sandy began her recruiting career in 1997 with Spencer Stuart, a leading global executive search firm. As a director in their Global Financial Services Practice, she focused on asset management and banking. Additionally, she worked on senior level search assignments for corporate development positions across other industries.

Following Spencer Stuart, Sandy joined Amaranth, a multi-billion, multi-strategy hedge fund, as its first executive recruiter where she also became the Head of Human Resources. While developing her internal team based in Greenwich, Connecticut, with offices in London and Singapore, Sandy recruited over 100 people to Amaranth in less than a year – increasing total staff to 260. She recruited for all senior posts, including highly sensitive hiring efforts for team lift-outs, technology, operations, and college recruiting. She continued to serve Amaranth as a client after founding Pinetum.

In conjunction to search, Sandy has provided executive coaching since 1997. Sandy is a lifelong learner of coaching. She grew up with parents who were an organizational psychologist and behavior education counselor working with over 25 Fortune 500 CEOs, so she feels that coaching is in her blood.

Today, Sandy resides in Greenwich, CT with her German Shepherds, has launched two successful daughters, both working in media, and is a young grandmother. She was Founding Co-Chair of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Human Capital Peer Advisory Group and a Member of the Education Committee for 100 Women in Finance. She is a guest speaker and mentor for Year Up, a NFP that empowers low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in one year.

Career Highlights:

  • 30+ year career in financial services, including 25+ years in executive search, recruiting and coaching
  • Pinetum Partners ranked as one the 50 Leading Executive Search Firms in the U.S. for Financial Services by Hunt Scanlon, the nation’s #1 media publisher in executive search 
  • Founding Co-Chair of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Human Capital Peer Advisory Group and member of  the Education Committee 
  • Sandy is a recent past recipient of the “Woman of the Year” award in executive search and recruiting by the  National Association of Professional and Executive Women.
  • Sandy has made guest interview appearances on national broadcast media including: CNBC Power Lunch,  Bloomberg TV, NPR, CBS News Radio, PBS and Fox Business News. She is frequently quoted source in the  WSJ, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, Bloomberg and efinancialcareers.com 


  • Certified Executive Coach, Columbia University’s Coaching Certification Program at its highest level
  • Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation (ICF), PCC Level
  • Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation (ICF), and NYC Chapter Member
    Certified to administer the Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI), a neuroscience and psychology-based assessment
  • Certified to administer the EQ-i 2.0 / EQ 360 and APPLY EI! assessments for team coaching
  • MBA, Pepperdine University
  • BA, William Smith College (Psychology and Religious Studies, Chairperson of the Senior Honor Society, and commencement speaker in May 2018)
  • Speaker and Mentor at Year Up since 2016


  • Beyond the Hedge: Coaching to Support Hedge Funds Create Value and Legacies Over Time. Columbia University (2018)
  • Getting Hired By A Hedge Fund. Forbes.com (July 27, 2009), Careers in Finance
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