About Us

August Leadership was born from a belief that executive search could be better. Putting clients and candidates first. Focusing on relationships not transactions.

Some of us have spent a lifetime in search. Others joined after holding leading roles in start-ups or large corporations. Several of us are named as the most influential search executives in the world.

We share ambition with our clients, candidates and partners. Our clients range from global multinationals to mid-size fast-growth organizations to pioneering start-ups. Whatever the company, whatever the challenge, we work in partnership to help them succeed. Many of our client relationships span decades.

Diversity is at our core. We come from many countries, backgrounds, and life journeys. We understand how to bring diversity to an organization. We’ve done it for our own firm and we know how to do it for yours. We always present a diverse slate.


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Our team consists of former business leaders and industry and functional experts. We have firsthand experience with the challenges you face and are committed to delivering exceptional service.

We are a team of bold and creative thinkers, unafraid to do things differently.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
  • Accounting/Audit
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Agriculture
  • Alt. Investments
  • Asset Management
  • Associations
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Clinical Research
  • Cloud Based
  • Commercial Banking
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Cultural Arts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Devices
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Faith Based
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Foundations
  • Global Markets
  • Healthcare Services
  • Hedge Funds
  • High Tech
  • Industrial
  • Industrial Products
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Investment Banking
  • Investment Mgmt.
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Luxury
  • Machine Learning
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources
  • Non-Profit
  • Oil & Gas
  • Payments/Processes
  • Private Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Sovereign Wealth
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Trade Finance
  • Transportation
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Wealth Management
  • Advertising
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Customer Service
  • Data/Analytics
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Investor Relations
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

August Leadership Opens Office in Seoul

Executive recruitment firm August Leadership has opened an office in Seoul, South Korea. With 20 years of experience, partner Lukas Beech is leading the South Korean region teaming up with associate partner Janeen Kang. “It has been encouraging to see a healthy demand from Korean and ‘western’ companies for executive search services in the Korean market,” August Leadership said.

Creating a New World Leadership

None of us expected that 2020 would bring a pandemic that would disrupt our daily lives and shift working conditions to the home environment. A new crisis, increasing unemployment, health and mental well-being becoming more important than ever before, and future uncertainty has added a different dynamic to the relationship between employees and employers. “Instead

August Leadership Adds Partner 

Executive recruitment firm August Leadership, which changed its name from Ward Howell USA earlier this year, is expanding with the addition of Jerry McGrath as a partner. He manages searches for human resources leaders across a vast array of industries and organizations, and his clients benefit from his three decades of global experience in both corporate

August Leadership Expands Footprint in Asia, Europe

Executive recruitment firm August Leadership, which changed its name from Ward Howell USA earlier this year, is growing its global presence by adding new partners in Asia and Europe. “We are witnessing a very high interest from top performing partners to join our firm to re-position themselves within the industry,” said Asad Haider, founder and

Press Releases

August Leadership Establishes Shanghai Office

(April 1, 2020) The global executive search firm that’s disrupting the established model of executive search has taken another step forward in creating a global presence. Headquartered in New York, August Leadership already conducts many searches in Europe and Asia. Having Partners based in Shanghai will help serve US-based clients as well as Asian markets.

August Leadership Announces Managing Partner-Europe

(March 13, 2020) Alastair Paton joins the global August Leadership team as Managing Partner for Europe having spent 16 years in sales, marketing and general management roles in major global consumer goods businesses, living and working in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Prior to joining August Leadership, Alastair co-founded a search business in

August Leadership Commits to Achieving Gender Parity by 2030

New York – February, 20, 2020 – Today August Leadership, a global executive search firm, in partnership with the Paradigm for Parity® coalition, announced its commitment to achieving gender parity throughout its corporate leadership structure by 2030. “We are proud to partner with the Paradigm for Parity® movement and work towards fully addressing the gender

August Leadership – A New Brand For A New Decade

New York – February 12, 2020 – Ward Howell USA has changed its name to August Leadership.  The new brand positions the firm as a unique, powerful force in executive search worldwide. The executive search industry was established in the USA in the 1950s by management consultants. In the last 60 years, very little has changed in the way