Gerard Daniels Names New Managing Partner for the Americas

June 19, 2019 – Executive search firm Gerard Daniels, headquartered in Perth, Australia, has appointed Jason Wright to the role of managing partner Americas, based in its Houston office.

Mr. Wright is a highly-experienced recruitment and staffing professional with more than 20 years’ involvement in the oil and gas and energy sectors, primarily in the Americas markets.

“I wish to congratulate Jason on his appointment, which will undoubtedly strengthen our presence in the significant energy hub of Houston,” said chief executive officer Alison Gaines. “Gerard Daniels continues to attract top-caliber professionals to our global business, which in turn helps us to identify and recruit the very best people on behalf of our clients.”

Over the course of his career, Mr. Wright has handled senior-level project management and engineering professionals’ assignments for global oil and gas operators and EPC engineering businesses, including NYSE, TSX, FTSE, ASX and OSE listed entities, private companies and private equity backed businesses.

Other Additions

Mr. Wright is active in the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors, the renewable energy sector, and the utilities and related infrastructure sector.

Gerard Daniels also made two senior appointments to its Perth team to undertake AsiaPac search, naming Alex Da Silva as practice leader and Doug McKay as principal consultant.

“We are pleased to attract professionals of the caliber of Alex and Doug,” said Ms. Gaines. “Our Perth office has operated successfully for more than 30 years, partnering with some of the best-known and most highly regarded companies operating in Western Australia and across the Asia Pacific. These two new appointments will ensure we continue to grow and deliver the outstanding service that our clients have come to depend on us for.”

Respected Recruiters

Mr. Da Silva is expected to bolster the firm’s finance and strategy search team. He has over 10 years’ experience recruiting at the senior professional and executive level, across a variety of industries in Australia and internationally. After beginning his career with KPMG, Mr. Da Silva moved into the recruitment industry, holding a senior role with a leading global recruitment firm based in Canada. On his return to Perth, he joined a specialist finance recruitment firm where he managed a team of recruitment consultants.

Mr. McKay will join the firm’s public sector, non-profit sector and HR executive search team. He has more than 21 years of talent management and executive search experience in the public sector, community, not-for-profit and industrial sectors across the Australian market, particularly in Perth and Melbourne. Mr. McKay has extensive experience executing chief executive, general manager, statutory leadership, corporate services leadership, finance and human resources assignments.


CEO Close-Up: Alison Gaines
Alison Gaines serves as CEO of Gerard Daniels. Following a 12-year tenure as the head of its board consulting practice and recently as managing partner of the firm’s Asia Pacific practice, Ms. Gaines now leads the firm to continue to drive growth across all regions and offices. She works closely with the advisory board, which includes the firm’s founders, and executive management group to execute strategy and lead financial performance, business development, assignment quality, internal talent acquisition and compliance.


Established in 1986, Gerard Daniels is an international executive search and board consulting firm with offices in the regions of Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Americas. The firm serves a wide array of industries and senior roles.

Seasoned Executives

Last month, the firm appointed Rajesh Raj as partner Europe, Middle East and Africa, and head of its London office and Ryan Mason as practice leader and head of the firm’s Sydney office.

Mr. Raj has worked with large global corporations and privately-held entrepreneurial start-ups in the U.K. He has also worked with a number of executive search firms, focused on the global energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors, providing executive search and consulting services for complex and sensitive leadership assignments across executive, technical, operational, commercial and functional disciplines.

Prior to joining Gerard Daniels, Mr. Raj co-founded and managed London-based executive search and HR consulting firm ENR Global.

Mr. Mason, who has been with Gerard Daniels for 12 years, has search experience across Australia, the U.K., and North and South America. His focus is on international executive search at the board, C-suite and general management levels within the infrastructure, energy and natural resources sectors.

Mr. Mason has acted for global and national companies on searches covering general management and functional leadership roles in finance, commodity marketing, business development, human resources, and the technical disciplines of exploration, projects, operations and health, safety, environment and quality.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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