Heidrick & Struggles Leading CEO Search for Horsehead Holding

January 23, 2017 – Heidrick & Struggles has been retained by Horsehead Holding LLC to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. The search is expected to be completed by the middle of the year. Wayne Isaacs, a veteran mining executive and distinguished leader in the base metals industry, has been assigned as chairman of the board and interim CEO. He replaces James M. Hensler, who stepped down from the position to pursue other opportunities.

Horsehead Holding is the parent company of Horsehead Corporation, a leading U.S. producer of specialty zinc and zinc-based products. The company filed for bankruptcy after declines in the zinc industry and issues surrounding operation of its zinc plant in North Carolina. Horsehead successfully exited Chapter 11 in September.

“I want to thank Jim for all of his contributions and leadership during his time at Horsehead,” said Milos Brajovic. “In particular, we want to thank him for successfully leading the company through its restructuring process and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”


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Heidrick’s global CEO & board practice advises companies on succession planning, talent management, board effectiveness and culture shaping, and also places directors and CEOs at leading private and public companies. It offers an integrated suite of services, from the acquisition of talent to longer-term succession planning, board dynamics, and culture shaping. Bonnie Gwin and Jeff Sanders serve as co-managing partners of the firm’s practice group covering this area.

Heidrick recently completed a number of high profile CEO appointments for client companies. Here’s the latest roundup from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

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

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