Heidrick & Struggles Names Defense Sector Head

June 6, 2016 – Heidrick & Struggles has expanded its industrial expertise with the addition of Patrick Gray as a partner and head of its aviation, aerospace, and defense sectors in the Americas. He joins the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Gray provides talent and leadership consulting solutions to clients spanning aerospace, defense, industrials, & government services (technology, professional services, technical services, cyber).

Prior to joining Heidrick, he served boutique firm Northwind Partners where he helped establish its Washington, D.C. office. He specialized in the aerospace, defense, national security & government services space, as well as the general industrial and private equity sectors and has more than 13 years of experience. Before that, he was with Korn Ferry, where he managed and executed many of the firm’s top aerospace and defense industry searches across C-suite positions and board level placements.

Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Gray established and co-managed Gray Warren Enterprises LLC, an investment company focused on purchasing equity securities and developing analytical models, conducting financial statement analysis & company research, and performing industry & trend analysis.


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“Patrick’s aerospace and defense background is exceptional and extensive. His leadership, industry insights and strong network of top talent will greatly enhance our global team,” said Bo Herbst, regional managing partner of Heidrick’s global industrial practice.

Heidrick & Struggles’ aerospace, defense & aviation practice is one of its oldest, dating back some six decades. Clients include contractors who provide military and commercial aerospace products, both at the system and subsystem level, as well as IT consulting, hardware and services companies for whom the defense market is central.

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

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