Ducatus Partners Announces U.S. Expansion

March 26, 2018 – Executive search firm Ducatus Partners has expanded with the additions of Jonathan Verlander as partner and DeLynn Mitchell as principal to strengthen its U.S. team. They will be based in Houston. The firm says the hirings are part of its growth strategy which has been driven by a recovery in the energy markets and a resurgence in infrastructure projects globally.

“Jon is a seasoned industry professional and, with his broad international experience and collegiate approach to supporting clients, is an excellent addition to the Ducatus Partners team,” said Kevin Davidson, managing director. “This coupled with the mix of skills that DeLynn adds to the team, will broaden and deepen our capability and capacity to support client goals.”

Mr. Verlander has more than 20 years’ experience in global geosciences, asset management and energy finance gained at Enterprise Oil, Shell, RBS, Société Générale, as well as leading the oil and gas team at Commonwealth Bank of Australia in London and Houston. In his new role, he will support Ducatus Partners’ expansion within the global energy and infrastructure sectors.

Ms. Mitchell brings a mix of 10 years’ human resources and talent acquisition experience to the company. She joins the firm from Schneider Electric where she was a senior HR business partner. In addition to delivering executive search solutions, Ms. Mitchell’s role will focus on developing Ducatus Partners’ leadership consulting offering.


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“We are delighted to have both Jon and DeLynn join Ducatus Partners in Houston,” said Kevin Davidson, managing partner. “They will play leading roles as we continue to build our energy and infrastructure teams in the U.S., supporting clients with our in-depth industry knowledge and commitment to rigorous research.”

Houston Energy Market

The energy, infrastructure and process industries face ever-evolving challenges as macro-economic forces change the landscape of these sectors. “Now more than ever it is critical that our clients have access to the highest quality leadership talent, equipped to tackle not only today’s challenges but adapt to future issues,” said Jamie Ferguson, managing partner for Americas.

Houston is the U.S. energy headquarters and a world center for virtually every segment of the oil and gas industry including exploration, production, transmission, marketing, supply and technology.

About 4,800 energy-related companies are located within the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area, including more than 750 exploration and production firms, nearly 800 oilfield service companies, more than 80 pipeline transportation firms and hundreds of manufacturers and wholesalers of energy-sector products, according to the Greater Houston Partnership. Houston is also home to 39 of the nation’s 138 publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production firms, including 11 of the top 25.

Delivering Search, Market Intelligence & Consulting 

Ducatus Partners was launched in 2016 by workforce solutions provider Airswift. It operates independently, delivering executive search, market intelligence and related consulting services to clients across the energy, process and infrastructure sectors.


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The firm is led by a team made up of Kevin Davidson, Sean Buchan and Mr. 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.

Ducatus Partners has more than doubled in size in the past year to 20 executive search professionals across its Houston, London, Aberdeen, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro offices. This growth is set to continue with an expectation of reaching 30 staff members over the next 12 months. This includes the addition of a global research and knowledge management support team based in Brazil.

Airswift was also formed in 2016 through the merger of U.K.-based Air Energi and Houston-based Swift Worldwide Resources. Both are energy industry search specialists and are backed by private equity firms LGV Capital and Wellspring Capital.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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