Executive search

A focus on finding and developing leaders as well as building effective managing teams will guarantee success in any field. It starts with identifying objectives and finding the right people.

We start all of our projects with an understanding of the client’s strategic vision and unique situation, as well as the internal culture of the organization, and then identify the specific skills and leadership qualities necessary to reach their goals. The ability to focus on these key elements helps us manage high-quality, advanced projects.

The best team for each client

We assemble teams that combine the necessary industry experience, functional area knowledge, and regional expertise for each project. Each team consists of accomplished professionals with years of experience. An extensive network of contacts, the capability to hear reliable and relevant experience from companies and people, and the ability to hold an open dialogue with senior executives makes it possible for us to find the best candidates for our clients.

Evaluation and choice of candidates

We evaluate candidates based on the client’s required professional and managerial skills in addition to comparing them with the best functional area and industry managers. We provide our clients with complete and reliable information at every stage of the search, giving them the ability to make informed decisions. Each project is scrupulously managed, guaranteeing transparent interactions between the client and candidates while confidentially and carefully handling information.

We ensure earlier integration of new managers into the corporate environment. We also consult with companies on motivation and compensation strategies for top management, including long-term incentive plans and stock-option programs.

25+ years of successful history in Russia and CIS
60% of placements are CEOs or members of the Board of Directors
6500+ Executive Search projects

Stage of work

  • 1 Preparation

    Preparing description of positions. We determine the list of companies where potential candidates can work.

  • 2 Search for candidates

    We identify candidates within the selected companies. Establish contact with them. We conduct interviews, collect feedback and recommendations.

  • 3 Presentation of the candidates

    We provide detailed written reports, organize meetings with candidates. We help in the evaluation and selection of the final candidate.

  • 4 Candidate exit

    We help the client in drawing up a job offer, provide it to the client. We support the process of transition and integration of a successful candidate into the client's company.



Ward Howell was approached by the shareholders of a Russian oilfield service company to help develop scenarios to solve corporate governance problems.

Description of work done

We presented two scenarios. In the first scenario, it was suggested that one of the shareholders should leave their management role and sell their stake in the company. In the second scenario, both shareholders would assume the role of a member of the Board of Directors and leave management to a hired executive. The second option was chosen. We identified a list of executives from companies with similar corporate governance models and proposed candidates.


Conflicts began developing among the shareholders; they appeared to be no longer satisfied with the current governance model and key decision-making timelines.


A successful candidate was recruited and, within six months, he had built a governance system accommodating the interests of each shareholder. He was later offered a stake in the company.

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