Ducatus Partners Launched By Former Maxwell Drummond Recruiters

May 26, 2016 – Workforce solutions provider Airswift has formed a new executive search firm: Ducatus Partners. It will operate independently of Airswift, delivering executive search, market intelligence and related consulting services to clients across the energy, process and infrastructure sectors.

Ducatus will be led by a team consisting of Kevin Davidson, Sean Buchan and Jamie Ferguson. Together, they have more than 45 years’ personal experience of matching companies and investors with the C-suite, board level executives and leadership teams, experience most recently gleaned at Maxwell Drummond International.

“The launch of Ducatus Partners gives our clients a dedicated executive search capability, led by some of the best and most widely regarded individuals in this space,” said Peter Searle, Airswift CEO. “Their sector knowledge and market intelligence means they have access to potential leaders that their rivals cannot hope to match. The team’s experience and expertise, combined with our global footprint and comprehensive package of workforce solutions, gives our clients an unrivaled opportunity to work with a single, trusted supplier.”


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“Our approach to business has always been focused on delivering excellence, operating with integrity and ensuring transparency at every stage of our relationship with clients,” said Mr. Davidson, who retained the title of managing director. “So we are delighted to be working with Airswift, which is committed to the same values. Working together, we’ll continue to deliver outstanding results to our clients, while still retaining the independent customer-focused service which sets both companies apart.”

Mr. Davidson had been with Maxwell Drummond since 2001, most recently serving as CEO. Mr. Buchan, who assumes the title of managing partner of EMEA, was previously VP of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Maxwell Drummond. Mr. Ferguson, who will hold the title of managing partner Americas, was formerly managing partner for the U.S. at Maxwell Drummond.

Airswift itself was formed earlier this year through the merger of U.K.-based Air Energi and Houston-based Swift Worldwide Resources. Both are energy industry specialists and each are backed by private equity firms LGV Capital and Wellspring Capital.

A number of organizations in recent months have formed executive search divisions. Here’s just a short roundup:

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

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