Welcome to Athena Search Partners

Athena Search Partners is a premiere executive recruiting firm dedicated to achieve excellence for our partners across the financial services industry.

"Athena is the greek goddess of reason, wisdom, courage and inspiration. She was fierce and brave in battle, however, she only took part in wars that defended the state and home from outside enemies."

The Athena Approach

Athena was founded on a passion for people. Athena was born following years of in house recruiting for premiere Wall Street hedge funds. With the Athena Approach, we understand the trust that is necessary when making human capital and career decisions.

For Our Clients

In the competitive industry of financial services, superior performance is driven by superior human capital talent. At Athena we work with you to attract, hire and retain industry leading talent. With a foundation built on prior experience hiring top talent, Athena understands the challenge in identifying, attracting and managing human capital. We view our Clients as partners and together work towards a shared goal.

For Our Candidates

At Athena we firmly believe career decisions are of utmost importance in any field or industry. Our expertise within financial services will help our Candidates to be prepared and confident when making career decisions. We understand the recruiting process can be difficult to navigate, even more so when currently employed. We pride ourselves on long term relationships built on a foundation of trust and discretion - your information is secure with us and only shared with prior approval from our Candidates.


At Athena, we are committed to provide industry leading services to our Clients and our Candidates. Athena offers comprehensive coverage across the financial services industry with a focus on investment professionals across all levels and geographic preference.

For Our Clients

Athena prides itself on the quality of service and execution provided to our Clients. From years of Wall Street experience, we understand the constant demand for talent and the challenge in recruiting and retaining the best. The Athena team operates as a true partner and teammate in identifying and achieving a successful recruiting strategy for your business. We are involved in each step in the recruiting process, providing market intelligence and guidance along the way. Our network is broad and deep across hedge fund Portfolio Managers, Analysts, Marketing & Investor Relations personnel, C-level Executives and back office professionals.

For Our Candidates

The Athena team operates as your partner throughout the recruiting process, providing insight and identifying key industry trends along the way. Whether you are actively pursuing employment opportunities or simply looking for advice or insight, Athena will be there. The key to Athena success and longevity lies within our deep network. We understand the trust and discretion required when making a career decision and we thrive in an environment driven by mutual trust and support.


Kate Meserve Shahrestani is the founding member and CEO of Athena Search Partners. Kate brings over a decade of Wall Street experience to Athena with a consistent theme of relationship building and providing for her clients. Prior to founding Athena in 2015, Kate spent 5 years working in-house as a dedicated recruiter for SAC Capital Advisors and UBS O’Connor. Given her experience as the client on the other side of the table, Kate understands what the client wants and needs. She has a unique perspective as to what makes a candidate successful and how to best serve her clients. Kate began her career at Credit Suisse where she was an Associate on the US Institutional Equity Sales desk. In this role, Kate serviced top tier investment firms in the greater New York region.

Kate received a BA in History from Yale where she was a member of the varsity softball team and board member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Kate splits her time between Manhattan and Dallas with her husband and young son. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with her family, following her Boston sports teams and running (for pleasure and/or after her son). Kate’s favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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