Ward Howell International


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.



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 Jan Zijderveld CEO Avon Products

Heidrick & Struggles Lands CEO for 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

Top 15 Acquisition Stories of 2017

Hunt Scanlon’s Top 15 Acquisition Stories of 2017

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” The truth of that adage is open to debate. Rather than argue the fine points, one business leader altered that statement to this: “If you’re not growing,” he said simply, “you’re not growing.” In other words, no matter how one slices it, growth and expansion matters. At Hunt Scanlon

Ward Howell International Launches Private Equity Recruiting Practice

Ward Howell International Launches Private Equity Recruiting Practice

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has launched a private equity search practice which includes partners Asad Haider, Hank Flores, John Pothin, Mark Bradley and Sonia Prais. Collectively, the team has experience in consumer, industrial, technology, energy, luxury and Omni channel retail businesses. Mr. Flores is a partner at Ward Howell, where he co-leads the CPG practice for the

Philip Lefebvre rejoins Ward Howell life sciences partner

Ward Howell Continues to Strengthen North American Presence

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has brought back Philip Lefebvre to North America as a partner in its life sciences practice group. Mr. Lefebvre, who spent the last 10 years in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, is now based in New York. He has over 20 years of experience in executive search. Prior to moving to

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,