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 Red River

Reston, VA-headquartered executive search firm NorthWind Partners has placed Brent Pugh as the new CFO for Red River in Claremont, NH. Partner Hunter Murray led the assignment. “Brent’s track record serving the defense industrial base provides tremendous value to Red River and will have immediate benefits to our team, our customers and partner community,” said Brian Roach, CEO for Red

NorthWind Partners Recruits CEO for Slingshot Aerospace

Reston, VA-headquartered executive search firm NorthWind Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Tim Solms as the new CEO of Slingshot Aerospace, a provider of satellite tracking, space traffic coordination, and space modeling and simulation. Brian Thomas led the assignment of behalf of NorthWind Partners. “Tim’s business acumen and track record in scaling data, analytics, and software solutions

NorthWind Partners Recruits CEO for Frontgrade Technologies

Reston, VA-headquartered executive search firm NorthWind Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Mitch Stevison as president and CEO of Frontgrade Technologies in Colorado Springs, CO. He succeeds Mike Elias, who is transitioning out of his role as president and CEO. Mr. Stevison brings substantial leadership and industry experience to his new role. He previously led Mercury Systems’ Mission

Hiring Top Talent with the Rigor You Would Bring to an Acquisition

Acquiring a new company is often a lengthy and highly detailed process for businesses looking to expand business, merge efforts, and manage risk as they surge forward. Most companies typically perform a massive amount of research, analysis, and rigorous inquiry before deciding whether to acquire a new subsidiary. This process often spares no detail as

Press Releases

Wood announces new executive leadership appointments

John Wood Group PLC (‘Wood’ or ‘the Company’) today announces the changes to its Executive Committee with the appointment of two new executive leaders. Marla Storm and Michael Rasmuson will join Wood as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Group General Counsel respectively. These appointments follow the retirement of Wood’s current human resources leader, Lesley Birse,


A. Stucki Co. has tapped (Koray) Mert Yilmaz as President of Engineered Products for railroad rolling stock, serving the leasing, manufacturing, railroad and shipper markets. With more than 20 years of manufacturing management experience, Yilmaz served most recently as President of USA and Mexico operations for Hong Kong-based Impro Industries, and has worked for German

Mitch Stevison Named Frontgrade Technologies President, CEO

Mitch Stevison, a government contracting industry veteran, has joined Frontgrade Technologies as president and CEO. He succeeds Mike Elias at the helm of Frontgrade and comes to the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based company from Mercury Systems (Nasdaq: MRCY), where he served as an executive vice president and president of the mission systems division. In a statement published Wednesday, Stevison said he will continue

Valence Surface Technologies Appoints Edward Dolanski to its Board of Directors

EL SEGUNDO, CA; December 5, 2023 – Valence Surface Technologies (VST), a leading provider of aerospace & defense surface treatments, is proud to announce the appointment of Edward (Ed) Dolanski to its Board of Directors. Mr. Dolanski is a seasoned leader with a proven track record of success in the aerospace & defense industry. He

Ultra I&C Names Amanda Rudolph as Marketing and Communications VP

Ultra Intelligence & Communications has announced the appointment of Amanda Rudolph as its new vice president of marketing and communications whose role includes brand messaging, digital marketing and public relations. Chris Bishop, Ultra I&C’s chief growth officer and a 4×24 member, said Rudolph’s appointment affirms the company’s “commitment to innovative and strategic leadership,” citing her capability