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

With Hiring in Full Swing, Job Seekers Remain in Control

Low unemployment and high demand for talent is feeding a recruiting environment where job seekers and new employees are more and more in control. CareerBuilder and SilkRoad have released the results of a new joint survey identifying job seekers’ and new employees’ expectations for hiring and onboarding. It is eye opening to say the least. Candidates today have higher

NorthWind Partners Recruits President and CEO for NCI

Executive search firm NorthWind Partners has recruited Paul A. Dillahay as president and chief executive officer of NCI Inc. He succeeds Brian J. Clark, who resigned from the positions to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Dillahay is a seasoned executive and results-oriented leader with broad financial, operational and consulting experience and a proven track record of executing transformational change initiatives, developing leaders,

NorthWind Partners Recruits CFO for Alion Science and Technology Corp.

Executive search firm NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on recruiting talent for the private equity sector, has recruited Kevin L. Cook as chief financial officer of Alion Science and Technology Corporation. Managing partner Mark HuYoung, who leads the firm’s private equity practice, along with partners Hunter Murray and Brian Thomas, led the search.

NorthWind Partners Taps COO for eGlobalTech

NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on recruiting talent for the private equity sector, has recruited Sal Fazzolari as chief operating officer of eGlobalTech (eGT). In this capacity, he will oversee eGT’s strategic vision and growth plans. Managing partner Mark HuYoung, who leads the firm’s private equity practice, along with partners Patrick Gray, Hunter Murray, and

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

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