Shawn Banerji

Shawn Banerji

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About Shawn

Shawn Banerji is the managing partner for the Data, Digital & Technology Leaders Practice at Caldwell, co-located in the New York and Stamford offices. He is an expert on change management and specializes in the recruitment and assessment of Catalyst Leaders who are resetting value propositions through the power of technology, data & analytics, accelerated software engineering, IoT, and cloud. As a trusted advisor to organizations seeking cultural and commercial transformation by unlocking the latent value of legacy assets and product portfolios, he advises clients on the convergence of talent and innovation across all facets of the evolving digital enterprise.

Industry coverage includes retail & consumer, insurance, investments & banking, professional services, healthcare, process & industrial, technology & media, as well as financial sponsors and their portfolio companies. Roles include CIO, CTO, chief digital officer, chief data officer, CISO and the related leadership suites.


Shawn joined Caldwell from Russell Reynolds Associates, where he was a leader in the Technology Officers Practice, and a founding member of both the FinTech and Digital Health practices.


Shawn holds a BA in speech communications from the University of Richmond, VA and an MA in communications from the University of Westminster, London. He is certified in a variety of assessment tools and methodologies.

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He is an ex-officio board member of SIM New York and serves on the board of advisors for The Center for Technology Management at Columbia University. He is a regular contributor at MIT’s annual CIO Symposium and an advocate for increasing technology representation and diversity on corporate boards.

Recent Feedback

Shawn, Erik and team were outstanding. They immediately worked to understand our organization and what we were looking for in this role. Shawn provided excellent external marketplace insight. They understood that speed in process was essential. Highly qualified candidates were presented very quickly. Diversity in candidate slate was a priority and was delivered. The service throughout the entire search was highly responsive, detailed and accurate. Overall, the process was first rate.” – Vice President of Talent, National voluntary health organization

Excellent communications; prompt response to inquiries; superb guidance and coaching throughout the end to end process. Consummate professionals and very amiable people (Shawn, Mark Dillard, Janet Christensen to name a few).” – Burton Hill, SVP, Shared Services

“Shawn and the Caldwell team are genuine people. I value his opinion and appreciate his feedback not only in the searches that I have been involved with Shawn but also general opportunities in the market. Shawn and Erik are very candid which I really appreciate when being part of a search process. I would not hesitate to work with Shawn, Erik and the Caldwell Partners team again.” – Michael Stoeckert, Chief Information Officer, Precision Medicine Group

“Good slate of candidates provided, consistently strong feedback from other interviewers as well. Shawn and Erik were consistently responsive and listened to what we needed, thorough intake and search process led to strong candidates.” – Head of Talent & Learning, Major American airline

I had an absolutely amazing experience working with Shawn and Erik. Having worked with several search firms in my career, I can say that Caldwell is by far the best! Shawn is a class apart! He made sure to prep me up before my meeting with the C Level Leadership and I truly believe this is what made the difference! Shawn, Erik and Lisa are the team you want by your side for all such opportunities!” – Vinesh Kolpe, VP, Information Technology, Lumeris


Recent News

CIO: What it takes to succeed as a CIO today. Shawn Banerji joins Dan Roberts of CIO, to discuss tech talent trends and predictions and what CIOs need to pay attention to. -read more-

NY Times: Retailers and Airlines are not Hiring, But There is Hope for White-Collar Job Seekers. “Shawn Banerji’s services do not come cheap. A top headhunter, he typically has several searches under way at once, each of which can cost the companies that hire him a six-figure retainer…” -read more-

Digital Transformation: Dead bugs, The Talking Heads and corporate innovation. The millennium bug is widely considered the most significant technology non-event of the past 20 years, yet few are aware of its longer-term implications for in-house software engineering and innovation… -read more-

The Digital Multiplier. Digital transformation represents the single most compelling opportunity for legacy businesses to compete with rapidly-emerging disruptors and increase their market valuation. Companies that have pivoted – either organically or through M&A – are generating outsized valuations and market capitalization consistent with those of leading technology companies -read more-

The Blueprint: The New CIO Job Description: Change Agent. For years, the evolution of the CIO role was straight and steady. IT leaders knew exactly what was expected of them: to perform a great portfolio of technical tasks with the ultimate goal of smoothly orchestrated technology operations — within a prescribed budget. The best-in-class CIO profile was a person who could oversee an organization’s applications and infrastructure, a complex role that required a savvy candidate highly skilled in leadership and communication. But at its heart, a CIO’s job description was straightforward: to be a functional head of technology. -read more-

TechTarget: Will GE Stay on Digital Path Following CEO’s Departure? General Electric is losing its greatest digital advocate and CIO ally. What now? That was the salient question when Jeffrey R. Immelt announced this week that he was stepping down on August 1st as GE’s chairman and CEO, after serving 16 years at the helm. -read more-

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