About Us

NorthWind Partners is a global, strategic retained search advisory firm. The prime concentration of our work is with business & professional services, systems, solutions, and product companies spanning the aviation, aerospace and defense, healthcare, industrial, and technology sectors. We also have deep experience and relationships in the government contracting arena.

With over half a century of experience, we serve as trusted consultants evaluating, recruiting and coaching top tier executives. Our markets have realized and continue to undergo tremendous changes in the new global environment that has emerged in the 21st century and since 9/11, particularly in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Our commitment is to build top leadership teams for select clients around the world.

The Partners at NorthWind are committed to directly conducting all searches while the majority of executive search firms rely predominantly on databases, less-experienced research/recruiting associates, or the Internet to perform the bulk of the project and deliver final candidates. Drastically outpacing the industry average, our success rate on engaged assignments is approximately 96% with 99% of executives placed maintaining a minimum tenure of 1 year.

Our team has successfully completed hundreds of assignments for clients and has had the opportunity to learn from the successes and failures of hundreds of companies. We gladly share the benefits of this experience with our clients and candidates.


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With more than seven decades of combined experience, our team has successfully completed hundreds of assignments. Your trust in our expertise is appreciated.

Having amassed a wealth of knowledge from the successes and failures of hundreds of companies, we gladly share the many benefits of these experiences with clients and candidates alike.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Healthcare Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Technology
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Information/Digital

News Briefings

NorthWind Partners Recruits CFO for Cognosante

Reston, VA-headquartered executive search firm NorthWind Partners has assisted in the placement of Steve Hamric as the new chief financial officer of Falls Church, VA-based health IT company Cognosante. Partner Hunter Murray led the assignment. “I am pleased to welcome Steve to our leadership team,” said Michele Kang, founder and CEO of Cognosante. “He complements our strong growth culture, and

NorthWind Partners Recruits Chief Growth Officer for Akima

Reston, VA-headquartered executive search firm NorthWind Partners has assisted in the placement of Jean-Francois Blanc as chief growth officer of Akima. He will be charged with leading the company’s corporate development efforts, growing revenue, and expanding market share. Partner Hunter Murray led the assignment. “Jean-Francois is a hands-on leader with experience winning large contracts in both the Department

NorthWind Partners Recruits Chief Growth Officer for NT Concepts

Reston, VA-headquartered executive search firm NorthWind Partners has recruited Brandon Ginsburg as senior vice president and chief growth officer at NT Concepts, a leading national security solutions provider. Brian Thomas, partner and practice leader for industrials/aerospace and defense, government services, led the search. “Brandon brings a strong track record of positioning companies for market expansion in

Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged as Employers Add 196,000 Jobs

Employers added 196,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.8 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning. Wall Street analysts had expected an increase of between 150,000 and 200,000. The March gain is the 102nd consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people

Press Releases

Peraton Appoints Ex-Noblis Exec To Lead New Space, Intelligence, Cyber Division

RESTON, VA, January, 10, 2018 – Peraton has hired L. Roger Mason, recently a senior vice president of Noblis, as president of its newly formed Space, Intelligence and Cyber sector, effective Jan. 8, 2018. Mason will be responsible for strategy, program performance and growth in the new business unit, which aims to deliver advanced, mission-specific technology capabilities

Dovel Technologies Names Damon Griggs Chief Operating Officer

RESTON, VA, January 9, 2017 — Dovel Technologies announced Jan. 4 the appointment of Damon Griggs as chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Griggs will oversee daily operations for the company, including building and scaling the organization, as well as ensuring customers’ mission performance objectives are achieved. “As we continue to grow Dovel, it is critical

Vectrus Names Charles Prow President, CEO

RESTON, VA, December 12, 2016 — Vectrus Inc. announced the appointment of Charles “Chuck” Prow as President and CEO, effective Dec. 6, 2016. He will also be appointed to the Board of Directors. Mattson and Company, a board advisory and executive search firm that specializes in senior executive talent selection and effective board governance, assisted in the

Lisa Davis Named Siemens Corp. Chair, CEO

RESTON, VA, December 9, 2016 — Siemens Corp. announced Nov. 30 the appointment of Lisa Davis as chair and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2017, to follow the retirement of current CEO Eric Spiegel. Judith Marks has been appointed Siemens CEO U.S., effective the same date. “Eric has grown Siemens’ business and furthered our reputation in the U.S. as

Abaco Systems Recruits Experienced Embedded Industry Technologist Mrinal Iyengar as Vice President, Product Management

RESTON, VA, December 8, 2016 — Abaco Systems today announced that it had recruited Mrinal Iyengar as Vice President, Product Management. Iyengar’s most recent assignment was as Director, Advanced Systems at UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products, where she was responsible for product development of