Company history



Ward Howell launches First, a company focusing on middle management search, selection, and consulting (Part of the Ward Howell Group).


Leadership Development и Organization Development

The company forms two separate divisions within its Leadership Consulting department: Leadership Development and Organization Development.


Foundation Of Talent Equity Ventures

Ward Howell establishesTalent Equity Ventures – a corporate venture fund.


The company announces its strongest fiscal year since beginning its operations in Russia.


The Creation Of The Talent Equity Institute

Ward Howell establishes Talent Equity Institute, an internal research and development division. Additionally, Ward Howell also launches Talent Equity School, an annual internship program for students and recent graduates.


The company opens offices in Paris and Almaty.


Merger with Zest Leadership

Ward Howell merges with Zest Leadership, who provide consulting and coaching services to top managers and business executives. The resulting company, operating under the name "Ward Howell", offers its clients integrated talent equity solutions.


The company successfully sells its E-xecutive project


The company begins operations in Kiev.


Spencer Stuart Executive Search Consultants

Ward Howell becomes a strategic partner with Spencer Stuart, the largest privately-owned global executive search firm in the world.


E-xecutive project

Ward Howell unveils its new project - E-xecutive (, an online community for managers.

The company also sets up a separate department, the Management Selection Department, to offer its clients middle management selection services.


The founders of the company entered the world rating

Two of the firm’s consultants, Sergey Vorobiev and George Abdushelishvili, are listed among the top 200 executive search consultants in the world (The Global 200 Executive Recruiters Rating).


Ward Howell is recognized as the best company in Executive search

Both The Economist and Kommersant-Daily (the leading Russian business newspaper) recognize Ward Howell International as the top executive search and recruitment company in Russia.


Opening of offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg

The company begins operations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with the help of Ward Howell International, one of the first executive search companies, founded in 1951.

Ward Howell becomes the first leading international company to provide executive search services in Russia and to render its services to Russian clients in the business, government, and non-for-profit sectors.


Book Ward Howell

"One cool November day in 1951, a man standing six and a half feet tall was observed in New York City's Grand Central Station, jammed into a public telephone booth. When he finally emerged after almost an hour, he was clearly happy. Wardwell Howell had just completed a successful man hunt". That is how a book "Ward Howell International. The Golden Years" starts, describing the history of one of the oldest executive search companies through letters and notes of its founder.

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