Heidrick & Struggles Appoints Four New Partners To Global Industrial Practice
Professional services firm Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. has announced the arrival of four new partners in the global Industrial Practice.
Andrew Dudgeon and John Weigold have joined the Aerospace, Defense and Aviation team and are based in the New York office. John Howard, based in Toronto, and Damian Walsh, based in London, have joined the Metals and Mining team.
"All four of these individuals bring a strategic skillset that will help our clients anticipate their talent needs from a key hire all the way to designing a comprehensive leadership plan," said Daren Kemp, Global Managing Partner of the Industrial Practice. "Together, they will be valuable resources to existing and new clients in North America and around the world who are continuously faced with the challenge of finding and keeping top-quality leaders to run their organizations."
An executive search consultant with metals and mining industry experience, Mr Howard has joined Heidrick & Struggles from another global executive search firm, where he spent 13 years, including three as head of the firm's Global Industrial Practice. Prior to executive search, he had a 20-year career in the metals and engineered equipment industries.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Mr Walsh worked for a global management consultancy, supporting mining and metals companies in strategy execution. Prior to that, he served as a senior vice president at a management consulting firm responsible for global account strategy in the mining and metals sectors. Earlier, he was a partner in a professional services firms based first in Sydney and later in New York. Mr Walsh also currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of an infrastructure company in the UK.
"John (Howard) possesses a valuable 'insider's' view both in knowing the key industry players as well as the global metals business. Damian has an exceptional history of partnering with clients long term – improving their business performance by marshaling the right leaders to solve critical organizational issues," added Mark Livingston, Global Managing Partner, Natural Resources.
Mr Dudgeon joins from VAS Aero Services, a PE-backed aftermarket provider to the aviation industry, where he was president and CEO. Earlier, he served as CEO of Rolls-Royce Australasia and general manager market development Qantas Airways. Mr Dudgeon began his career as an army aviator, rising to the rank of brigadier general.
Mr Weigold returns to the firm, bringing a combination of executive search and military experience. From 1996 to 2002, he spent six years at Heidrick & Struggles as a principal. He continued to work in executive search career before returning to active military duty in 2006. He most recently served as rear admiral, deputy commander for the US seventh fleet in Asia.
"Andrew and John (Weigold) bring exceptional and deployable industry knowledge to our clients. They are leaders in their own right and understand the key issues which confront our clients in the North American transportation and logistics segment," said Jon Boyle, Global Managing Partner, Transportation and Logistics Practice.
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