Heidrick & Struggles Names Head of Chemicals Practice – Europe and Africa

October 4, 2016 – Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Louis Besland as a partner in its industrial practice and as head of chemicals for Europe and Africa.

Based in London with a remit across Europe, he will focus on building the firm’s search and leadership consulting activities in the oil and gas, chemical and energy sectors.

With more than 30 years of consulting and operational experience, Mr. Besland has built a strong reputation as an adviser to corporate boards and management teams. He has been an advisor to international and national oil companies, large energy groups, oil service companies, chemical groups, and government organizations as well as private-equity firms.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Mr. Besland was managing director and co-head of the European and Middle East oil, gas & chemicals practice at AlixPartners. He also spent 12 years as a partner at A.T. Kearney, leading the firm’s energy practice. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at Gemini Consulting and PA Consulting Group. He also ran his own company, Expertconsultant, a consulting marketplace.

“Louis’ deep sector expertise and background make him uniquely placed to deliver both search and leadership consulting services at the highest level for our global clients,” said Jamie Page, who leads Heidrick’s U.K. industrial practice.

Global Growth Continues 

Heidrick has been on a recent expansion tear around the globe, making strategic acquisitions, naming a number of key practice leaders, and building out its culture shaping business segment.

  • Heidrick last month acquired Philosophy IB, a leadership consultant based in Florham Park, NJ. Philosophy IB was established in 2000 by founding partners Christine Lotze and Kaveh Naficy and today serves Fortune 100 companies focused on assisting clients execute their strategies by changing how people work.
  • In August, the firm acquired JCA Group, a well-known London-based executive search advisory boutique. JCA Group is led by founding partners Jan Hall and Emma Fallon, and has 40 employees, including eight partners. The firm has been a leader in addressing gender disparity among boards, as a policy advocate and in placing women on boards in both non-executive and executive roles. One in three of JCA Group’s recent appointments to FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 boards have been female.

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

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