We are dedicated to helping high-growth, middle-market companies achieve success through deep relationships and access to superior leaders at top companies.
Ward Howell International is a pioneer of the executive search industry. The firm offers the global reach of an established international network of 26 offices in 23 countries. In North America, we are headquartered in New York and maintain a presence in Boston, Miami and Toronto.
The firm provides executive search services exclusively—we focus on what we do well. Our Partners take the success of their clients personally and are directly involved and fully accountable until an engagement is completed—a high professional standard in an industry that has grown increasingly transactional.
For almost 70 years, Ward Howell has been working with corporate boards and senior leadership in delivering immediate and impactful performance gains through better leaders, teams and organizations. We do this by helping clients create a unique and sustainable competitive talent advantage.
Communicate regularly with clients and candidates – before, during and after a search.
Invest the time upfront to become well-versed in a client’s business objectives, position imperatives, and culture. Both candidate’s aptitude and attitude are important.
Companies win with top talent and proven leaders. Treat all candidates well – we consider ourselves an extension of our clients.
Exceptional candidates are in high demand and short supply; assume that if we like a candidate, others do too.
Target goal for completing every search engagement is 45 days to presentation of shortlist, however, we will never compromise on our rigor and thoroughness.
Conduct Stakeholder Interviews
Develop Detailed Position Specification
Define Research Strategy Confirm with Client
Identify potential candidates
Screen interested candidates interview promising candidates
Provide progress report to client
Present strong-fit candidates to client
Conduct reference checks & manage rejections
Complete offer negotiations
Consult with client on candidate strengths and weaknesses
Follow-up with placed candidate
Follow-up with client measure search execution
Provide client relevant information
Partners actively involved in all phases of engagement delivery.
Clear articulation of opportunity and company positioning to candidates.
Act as credible and effective ambassadors for our clients.
Platform minimizes off-limit restrictions.
Relationships with leading industry opinion leaders, consultants, and advisors.
We are proud to partner with The Paradigm for Parity® to accelerate the pace of gender parity in senior executive roles.
Our clients share our values: Leadership Strength through Diversity
We align on Diversity Objectives with every engagement
We help clients meet their diversity goals
"Our Results – The last 50 global searches - 60% Diverse Candidates on every short list…"
Partners possess deep domain experience in their respective practice areas.
Add valuable perspective based on extensive careers in senior operating roles, retained executive search, and corporate talent aquisition management.
Firsthand understanding of client challenges and KPI’s, as well as candidate backgrounds, successes, and motivations.
Bring operating rigor, discipline, and strategic thinking to executive search.