David Howells

Group Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director

David Howells has close to 25 years of strategic leadership, operational excellence, and C-suite and senior management advisory experience spanning both sides of the Atlantic. As a seasoned industry professional, he has dedicated his entire career to senior-level talent acquisition, while successfully building Pacific International into the global business it is today.


David brings his considerable experience to every team and client interaction seamlessly translating corporate policy objectives into senior leadership talent strategies. He plays a pivotal role in leading the emphasis on innovating boardroom and senior leadership teams. A staunch advocate of diversity and inclusion, David actively champions the advancement of underrepresented groups into leadership positions across all organizational levels, with a particular emphasis on the C-suite. This commitment aligns with his broader dedication to shaping a more inclusive and equitable organizational landscape.

His areas of expertise include lean methodologies, operational excellence, and C-suite appointments across a myriad of industries. He has successfully collaborated with organizations from Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 giants to rapidly expanding multinationals to help them achieve their goals through transformational leadership and C-suite hires.

As the Group CEO, David spearheads Pacific International’s global expansion and directs the firm’s strategic vision. Renowned for his strategic use of technology, he drives process improvements, and efficiency gains, and facilitates data-driven decision-making.

In response to the transformative shifts in the human capital sector brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the complexities of the rapidly changing world, David has positioned himself as a strategic senior-level talent advisor, offering insights and trends to C-suites navigating the future of work through innovative talent acquisition strategies.

David takes time out with his wife and two daughters in his spare time. He likes to be creative in the kitchen and go running and watch England Rugby at Twickenham or Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.