Matt Clemens

Managing Partner

Matt Clemens is Managing Partner of WARD HOWELL INTERNATIONAL and is based in the firm’s Cleveland office.

Ward Howell International (WHI) is known as the world’s second oldest executive search firm. Over the past seventy years, WHI has developed into one of the premier strategic leadership consulting firms. WHI has successfully established a global competence network which allows to be active all over the world in various industries for multinational companies, local corporations, mid-sized companies as well as government agencies, law firms and financial services firms.

He has more than 25 years of executive search, recruiting and operational experience. Matt’s executive search assignments span CEO, President, CFO and upper-management to senior C-level executives and Vice President roles for:
• P&L Management
• Sales and Marketing
• Engineering
• Human Resources
• Operations
• Supply Chain
• Quality/Lean
• Finance

Matt has worked with small to Fortune 500 public, private companies and private equity firms in areas of industrial and consumer manufacturing, business services and distribution/logistics portfolio companies. Specific industries include: business services, industrial distribution, machinery/equipment, aerospace, instrumentation, test & measurement, automation and controls, life sciences, fluid power and motion control, oil & gas, smart grid, power generation, electrical transmission and distribution, transportation/ logistics, automotive/heavy duty truck, building/home products and refrigeration/HVAC.

Prior to joining Ward Howell International Matt was Managing Director & Principal of WAVERLY PARTNERS, LLC, a national retained executive search firm formed in 2001 with offices in Atlanta GA, Charleston SC, Charlotte NC, Cincinnati OH, Cleveland OH, Columbus OH, Kansas City KS and Toledo OH.

Before WAVERLY PARTNERSC, Matt was a Director at Christian & Timbers (CT Partners), one of the nation’s top executive search firms, and Stratford Group, a top 20 executive search firm. Earlier, he served as Director for the Professional Recruiting division of Spherion Corporation, a Fortune 500 human resources consulting company. Matt began his career in a series of sales and operations management assignments with General Electric and Roadway Express Corporation. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Villanova University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University.