Jeffery L. Smith

Managing Partner

Jeff is the Global co-leader of the Energy sector and senior member of the Financial Officer, Financial Services, and Board of Directors Practice Groups.

With more than 27 years of energy banking and executive search experience, Jeff brings a unique combination of financial and energy industry perspective. Following a 15 year career in financial services, Jeff started in the energy search practice at Korn Ferry International.   In the late 1990’s he left to assist in the formation of a boutique search firm focused on the field of energy and corporate finance. In June of 2005, Jeff was recruited to open DHR’s Houston office.

Jeff has conducted numerous senior level searches for a broad range of energy clients including E&P, Midstream Pipelines/MLPs, Oilfield Services, Utilities and commodity trading sectors. In addition to industry assignments he has specialized in bringing technical energy expertise to investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, and other commodity focused clients.

Jeff has completed searches for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs, Treasurers, Controllers, and Business Developers, as well as other senior positions.  Recently Jeff has spent time significant time working with private equity groups seeking executives for their portfolio company investments.

Prior to joining the search industry, Jeff spent fifteen years in corporate/investment banking at Chemical/JP Morgan Chase and NationsBanc Capital Markets.  Originally from New York, after 26 years in Houston, Jeff is an adopted Texan.  He holds a BS in Chemistry from Hobart College and an MBA from Babson.

Jeff and his wife, Laura Leigh, have two college-aged daughters.  When not at the office Jeff likes to work on his golf game and coach boy’s lacrosse. He is a board member of the Houston Chapter of US Lacrosse.

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