October 6, 2020 – Ward Howell International has expanded to Cleveland with the addition of Matt Clemens as managing partner to lead the new location.
Mr. Clemens has more than 25 years of executive search, recruiting and operational experience. Specifically, he has conducted assignments for chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief operating officers, division presidents, general managers and functional heads of sales, marketing, human resources, engineering and supply chain management.
Mr. Clemens 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 and measurement, automation and controls, life sciences, fluid power and motion control, oil and gas, smart grid, power generation, electrical transmission and distribution, transportation/logistics, automotive/heavy duty truck, building/home products and refrigeration/HVAC.
Currently, Mr. Clemens serves as managing director and principal of Waverly Partners. Prior to that, he was a director at Christian & Timbers and Stratford Group. Earlier in his career, he served as director for the professional recruiting division of Spherion Corp. He began his career in a series of sales and operations management assignments with General Electric and Roadway Express Corp. Mr. Clemens holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Villanova University and an MBA from Cleveland State University.
“I am looking forward to joining Ward Howell International as their global footprint complements my North American centric practice with multinational clients,” said Mr. Clemens. “My hands-on, high touch search process aligns well with Ward Howell’s collaborative and consultative approach. I am excited to be a part of a global organization.”
Cleveland’s location on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie has been key to its economic growth. The city has since diversified its economy in addition to its manufacturing sector. Established in 1914, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 U.S. Federal Reserve Banks.
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The city is also home to the corporate headquarters of many large companies such as Aleris, American Greetings, Applied Industrial Technologies, Cleveland-Cliffs., Eaton, Forest City Enterprises, Heinen’s Fine Foods, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, KeyCorp, Lincoln Electric, Medical Mutual of Ohio, NACCO Industries, Nordson, OM Group, Parker-Hannifin, PolyOne, Progressive, RPM International, Sherwin-Williams Company, Steris, Swagelok, Things Remembered, Third Federal S&L, TransDigm Group, Travel Centers of America and Vitamix. The Cleveland Clinic is the largest private employer in Cleveland and the state of Ohio, with a workforce of over 50,000.
Ward Howell International is a global executive search firm with a network of more than 130 partners across 26 offices. As one of the pioneers in the search industry, the firm works with corporate boards and senior leadership to deliver immediate and impactful performance gains through better leaders, teams and organizations.
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