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.

ACHIEVEMENTS

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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

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

News Briefings

NorthWind Partners Recruits CTO for Emergency Communications Network

NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on recruiting talent for the private equity sector, has placed Michael Ely as chief technology officer of the Emergency Communications Network (ECN). Managing partner Mark HuYoung, who leads the firm’s private equity practice, along with Patrick Gray — partner and aerospace, defense and industrial sector practice leader — and Hunter

NorthWind Partners Places CFO at Centerra Group

NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on recruiting talent for the private equity sector, has placed Deborah Ricci as chief financial officer of Centerra Group. Managing partner Mark HuYoung, who leads the firm’s private equity practice, led the search; managing director Brian Thomas supported the assignment. With more than two decades of work experience with defense,

Private Equity Firms Turn to Headhunters to Grow Portfolio Companies

NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on tapping talent for the private equity sector, has recruited David E. Kopf as president of Anaren, Inc.’s Space & Defense Group. Anaren is a world leader in high-frequency technology deployed in space, defense, wireless infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The company is owned by private equity firm

Press Releases

Private Equity Firms Turn to Headhunters to Grow Portfolio Companies

RESTON, VA, September 23, 2015 — NorthWind Partners, a boutique search firm focused on tapping talent for the private equity sector, has recruited David E. Kopf as president of Anaren, Inc.’s Space & Defense Group. Anaren is a world leader in high-frequency technology deployed in space, defense, wireless infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The company is owned

Riverside Research Adds Stu Shea to Board of Trustees as Company Expands Business Strategy

RESTON, VA, June 26, 2015 — Earlier this week Riverside Research announced that K. Stuart (Stu) Shea has been elected to its Board of Trustees. Shea has over 30 years experience in the intelligence community and will help Riverside Research expand its business strategy and development plans. Shea served as the COO of SAIC and then President and

Lou Von Thaer Named Chief Executive Officer of DynCorp International

RESTON, VA, June 22, 2015 — Delta Tucker Holdings, Inc., the parent company of DynCorp International, Inc. (DI), released that Lewis “Lou” F. Von Thaer has been named chief executive officer (CEO). Von Thaer will replace Jim Geisler, who will step down as interim CEO to take on a new role as non-executive chairman of the