Allen Austin Launches Global Technology Practice

February 25, 2016 – Global leadership advisory firm Allen Austin has launched a new global technology practice. It will be led by Rod Keller and co-led by Clement J. Wigger from the firm’s Austin office and will focus on helping organizations identify, attract, develop, and retain tech talent.

The practice will be focused on critical growth areas in the sector including hardware systems & semiconductors; digital transformation; mobility; software; electric vehicles; robotics; systems & devices; cloud computing; information security; and big data & analytics.

“I am proud to say it’s an area where Allen Austin has done a lot of great work,” said Rob Andrews, founder and chief executive officer. “Rod is the perfect global technology practice leader.”

Mr. Keller, who joined the firm in January, has focused his search practice on assignments for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, board directors and other senior leadership roles for technology and growth companies. He works with private equity groups, helping them recruit senior level executives and directors for their portfolio companies as well as investment professionals for their firms.

Prior to joining Allen Austin, Mr. Keller was president of Segway Inc. and led the merger of Segway with Ninebot Inc. from China to form the largest short-distance electric vehicle transportation company in the world. His professional career also includes roles with Siemens, Dell, Cisco, and Toshiba.


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Mr. Clement, who also joined the firm last month, brings 25 years of executive search and consulting experience to the firm. Previously, he was a partner with Leadership Capital Group, where he opened the firm’s Austin office. Before that, he was president and founder of CW and Associates, where he led the firm’s focus on corporate board diversity and senior level recruitment for multinational clients.

Allen Austin’s clients in the global technology practice area are wide ranging, and include Carttronics; CEVA Technologies; Connecture; Cygnal Technologies Corporation; Disney World Company; Electron Beam Technologies; Hewlett Packard; Inphonex; Insource Technology; LOC-AID Technologies; Slingshot Solutions; STATACORP; Telephone Data Systems; Think Dynamics; Unitek; and Waveguide Solutions.

Over the past few months, Allen Austin has expanded in two directions:

  • The firm established a new life sciences and healthcare search practice, with Brian A. Johnston and Steve Leatherman serving as co-sector practice leaders. Mr. Johnston has over 25 years of broad-based healthcare executive search management experience and was previously the healthcare practice leader for North America at Stanton Chase. Mr. Leatherman’s consulting practice focuses on all aspects of the life science and healthcare industry as well as general management searches for medium sized and Fortune 500 class enterprises.
  • Allen Austin also launched a new power & clean technology practice, led by managing partner, Jim Thompson, along with fellow managing partners Mary Campagnano and Gary Payne. The new sector orientation is focused on critical growth areas, including solar, wind, fuel cells, energy storage, smart grid, bio-tech, clean air technologies, clean water technologies, waste to energy, waste conversion, transportation energy alternatives, energy efficiency, and private equity.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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