Ward Howell International


Ward Howell International aspires to be the most reputable global leadership consulting firm, recognized as preeminent in developing partnerships with our clients that consistently exceed their expectations. Our distinctiveness derives from the quality of our people who share values of entrepreneurship, in depth local expertise, and international collaboration and perspective.

Our firm’s heritage derives from more than 60 years of working closely with the leadership of our clients. We have conducted numerous searches, assessments and evaluations of C-level executives on behalf of our clients and learned about the requirements of different industries.

For years it has been standard procedure to look for new talent, when a problem started to hurt the organization and a search has been a natural “product” offered by our industry. Like in all sectors of the society today the corporate world has become more complex over time and a “one size fits all” approach is no longer feasible if it comes to leadership issues of a company.


While management consulting is focused on methodology and processes our approach is focused on people and their respective experiences. It is not sufficient to know the nature of a problem – the analysis is only the base. The way to solve the problem is not the solution. It is the “who” which makes the crucial difference.

Completed Searches



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

Ward Howell named John Pothin partner

Ward Howell International Continues Expansion

Global recruiter Ward Howell International has named John Pothin as a partner in its consumer and industrial practices. Based in the firm’s New York office, Mr. Pothin joins with over 30 years of combined business and leadership experience including several senior global leadership roles in human resources at the GTECH Corporation and at Hasbro Inc. Mr. Pothin

Ward Howell Continues U.S. Expansion With Acquisition; Names Corporate Development Head

With two key moves in recent weeks, global recruiter Ward Howell International has shown that it has no intention of slowing down in its plans to establish a major presence in the U.S. and expand its offerings to clients. At the end of August, the firm acquired Curran Partners, a Stamford, Conn-based executive search firm

Ward Howell Adds Retail & Lifestyle Practice Group Partner

Executive search firm Ward Howell International has named Sonia Prais as a partner in the firm’s retail, beauty & lifestyle practice group. Based in Orange County, she will be working out of Ward Howell’s California and New York offices. Ms. Prais brings 20 years of experience in executive search, having worked in the U.S. and across Europe and

Hunt Scanlon’s 10 Most Important Recruiting Stories of 2016

Hunt Scanlon Media covered a lot of terrain in 2016 – and so picking our 10 most important stories will likely go down as the most difficult task our editorial team handled this year! Great comebacks, globalization, new assessment tools to review, new service offerings, Brexit, polls & surveys to analyze, talent pipelining, the influential

Press Releases

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,