December 9, 2016 – Executive search firm Ducatus Partners has expanded its Houston team with two senior hires. The appointments support its diversification into the infrastructure, power and renewables sectors while further strengthening its position in the oil & gas industry. Jack Coker and Allister Graham will join the team as principals to focus on senior client relations.
Driven by the ever-increasing role the infrastructure sector plays in fueling the region’s economy, Mr. Coker’s appointment brings relevant sector experience from construction and infrastructure recruitment. Previously, he served as a senior consultant in the construction and infrastructure practice at NES Global. Before that he was a consultant with boutique search firm Goodman Masson.
Mr. Graham joins with a track record in oil and gas executive search to bolster the team’s 50 years expertise in the sector. He most recently served as head of executive search at Progressive Global Energy.
“These appointments support our continued mission to be the leading provider of executive search and leadership consulting to the energy, process and infrastructure sectors,” said Jamie Ferguson, managing partner for Americas. “Jack and Allister fit very well with the collaborative culture of our business and their industry understanding and local market knowledge will ensure that we continue to deliver the highest quality service to our clients.”
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. These additions to our Houston team not only cement our commitment to oil and gas but recognize the developing needs of organizations in these related sectors,” he added.
“I’m thrilled to support the growth of the company’s infrastructure, power and renewables practice and contribute to its long-term diversification strategy,” said Mr. Coker. “Ducatus Partners has an impressive team of individuals and I’m looking forward to working with them to develop this area.”
“I’m delighted to be joining a team that has a primary commitment to delivery excellence underpinned by deep industry knowledge,” said Mr. Graham. “The oil and gas industry is a complex sector where securing high caliber leadership talent is crucial to our clients achieving their strategic goals, particularly in a potentially ‘lower for longer’ environment.”
Delivering Search, Market Intelligence & Consulting
Ducatus Partners was launched this past spring 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.
The firm is led by a team consisting 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.
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 search specialists and each are backed by private equity firms LGV Capital and Wellspring Capital.
Just recently, Ducatus Partners appointed Michael Diamond as partner for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He has nearly a decade’s experience to the role and joined the firm from executive recruiters Diamond Cooper, of which he was a co-founder and managing partner. He oversees business origination, senior client relations and project management for the firm’s EMEA region, as well as contributing to its overall growth and strategic direction.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media