About Us

Ward Howell International is a rapidly growing, global executive search firm that last year recruited senior leaders in 97 countries across its 26 international offices. For almost 70 years, Ward Howell has been working with corporate boards and senior leadership in delivering immediate and impactful performance gains through stronger leaders, teams and organizations.

We do this by supplementing our client’s capabilities as they strive to build a sustainable and competitive talent advantage. At Ward Howell, we deliver exceptional leaders while providing an outstanding client experience rooted in trust, partnership and commitment.

Our competence is evident in the quality and experience of our 135 partners. Each partner has a long track record of success in executive search with earlier careers in business operating roles.

The Ward Howell advantages are built into our unique business model. We deliberately focus on large, middle-market, high growth businesses who seek the top talent from Fortune 500 companies.  Without restrictions and off-limits, we serve our clients with unparalleled candidate access. Our global partnership is designed to provide a senior-level consultative approach to executive search.  Partners lead all searches and are involved in every aspect of an engagement. Our supporting knowledge and research center brings real-time business intelligence to the process.  As a result, we move with speed and urgency.

Lastly, we pride ourselves in providing a diverse slate of candidates to every shortlist.  At Ward Howell, our clients have the advantages of working closely with senior level consultants with access to a global talent pool.  We believe our contemporary model and approach serves our clients best.


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Ward Howell is known as the second oldest executive search firm in the world.

Over the past sixty years, we have developed into one of the premier strategic leadership consulting firms successfully establishing a global competence network, which allows us to be active all over the world in various industries for multinational companies, local corporations, mid-sized companies as well as government agencies, law firms and financial services firms.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Search
  • Onboarding
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Recruitment Research
  • Bio Pharma
  • Consumer
  • Financial Services
  • Industrial
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit
  • Professional Services
  • Technology
  • Advertising
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Construction
  • Data/Analytics
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Fashion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Hedge Funds
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Investor Relations
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Ward Howell International Adds to New York Office

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has appointed John J. Keller as partner, innovation & transformation, based in the firm’s New York office. As an executive recruiter, Mr. Keller is charged with finding innovators, “game changers who can lead, transform, assess, integrate and grow businesses, teams and cultures,” said the search firm. “We are delighted to welcome John to Ward Howell,”

Ward Howell Adds Partner to Establish Hospitality Practice

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has appointed Stuart K. Smith as partner in its hospitality & travel practice. He will provide services to leaders of the hotel, restaurant and gaming industries. Based in the firm’s New York office, Mr. Smith joins Ward Howell with more than 20 years of business and leadership experience, having worked extensively throughout

Ward Howell Names Kimberly Bishop Chairman of U.S. Advisory Board

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has named Kimberly Bishop as chairman of its U.S. advisory board. Based in New York, she will also collaborate across practices on key talent projects and executive searches. “We are delighted to welcome Kim to Ward Howell,” said Asad Haider, president – Americas, COO and member of the board. “The depth of experience that Kim brings

Heidrick & Struggles Lands CEO for Avon Products
Heidrick & Struggles Jan Zijderveld CEO Avon Products

Heidrick & Struggles has helped place Jan Zijderveld, president of Unilever’s European business, as the new CEO for Avon Products, the struggling beauty products company. He replaces Sheri McCoy, who announced her retirement last summer in the wake of continued losses and harsh criticism from investors. The hiring of Mr. Zijderveld, who was also a

Press Releases

Ward Howell International Commits to Achieving Gender Parity by 2030

NEW YORK, NY March 27, 2018 – Today Ward Howell International, 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 imbalance prevalent in corporate leadership positions,” said Kimberly

Kimberly Bishop Joins Ward Howell International as Chairman USA Advisory Board

NEW YORK, NY, March 8, 2018 – Executive search firm Ward Howell International has appointed Kimberly Bishop as chairman of Ward Howell USA’s advisory board. Based in New York, Bishop will also collaborate across practices on key talent projects and executive searches. Bishop is the Founder and CEO of Kimberly Bishop Talent Advisory. She began her career in search as managing director of

Sonia Prais Joins Ward Howell International as Partner

NEW YORK, April 3, 2017 — Executive search firm Ward Howell International has appointed Sonia Prais as a partner within the retail, beauty, & lifestyle practice group. Ms. Prais is based in California, and brings with her over 20 years of experience in executive search, having worked domestically in the US and extensively across Europe and Asia,

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