Our People

Asad Haider

Founder & CEO
New York / London / China

As an innovator, Asad has founded and now leads August Leadership, one of the fastest-growing Executive Leadership Search Firms.

Kimberly Bishop

Chairman Advisory Board & Managing Partner
New York / London

Kim is an experienced C-suite executive and expert advisor with over 25 years of business leadership experience.

Farah Haider

Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
New York

Farah is overseeing the global operations of August Leadership as its Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. She is the co-founding partner and Board Director of August Leadership.

Michael Maeder

Managing Partner - Asia
Munich / Shanghai

Michael is Cofounder & Managing Partner of August Leadership in China and IOT ONE, a global IoT consulting practice.

Alastair Paton

Managing Partner - Europe
London

Alastair has more than 30 years’ international experience as a business leader, both in major blue chip multinational companies, and in global executive search.

Umran Beba

Partner
New York

Umran Beba is an experienced senior business executive with general management, talent and diversity background.

Linda Schaler

Partner
New York

Linda has over 20 years of executive search experience in Advertising, Marketing, Media & Mobility, Digital Transformation, Life Sciences, and Nonprofit.

Jerry McGrath

Partner
New York

Jerry manages searches for human resources leaders across a vast array of industries and organizations, and his clients benefit from his three decades of global experience in both corporate human resources and executive search.

Gavin O’Malley

Partner
London

Gavin has been working in executive search for the last 13 years, having previously spent 10 years in international and local marketing roles at Unilever.

Arne Adrian

Partner
Berlin

Arne specializes in top management positions in trade, FMCG, luxury good and media industries. In addition to executive search Arne leads a personnel diagnostics business called Scan Up AG.

Paul Chau

Partner
Hong Kong

Paul Chau has over two decades of executive search experience, and is highly regarded by clients of his expertise in the technology sector.

Eva Shaw

Partner
London / Prague

Eva has over 22 years of global executive search experience in a variety of industry sectors particularly in the CEE region.

Tiffany Goodlet

Partner
Toronto

With over 25 years of business consulting experience, Tiffany is known for being a trusted business advisor to executives. She is recognized for her expertise in people strategy and her ability to assess top talent for critical roles.

James Gathercole

Partner
Shanghai / Hong Kong / Melbourne

James serves key clients in the technology and industrial sectors, including hardware (semiconductors, solar, and contract manufacturing), software (enterprise software, data analytics, social media technologies, mobile ecosystem, and payment technologies), digital media, and business services.

Ami Bhatt Hardy

Partner
Hong Kong

Ami has 30 years experience in search, handling assignments in a range of industries with a strong focus in the consumer goods, retail, sourcing and industrial sectors.

John L. Pothin

Partner
New York

John has more than 30 years of experience across several industry sectors.

Christine Sobhani

Partner
New York

Christine Sobhani brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to August Leadership. She is a leader in the talent acquisition and talent management space with a focus in HR and leadership roles across industries.

Henry J. Flores

Partner
Boston

Hank concentrates on assignments for senior leaders who drive growth, typically for companies seeking to improve strategic focus on their customers and consumers. 

Karsten Matthes

Partner
Berlin

Outstanding industry knowledge especially in Pharma, Life Science & Healthcare, an extensive international network, profound and successful expertise in consulting as well as search and selection of specialists and executives distinguish Karsten as an executive search professional.

Carilyn Quigley

Partner
London

Carilyn has started and grown two executive search firms in her search career. These search firms focused in a range of different markets which is the reason that Carilyn now successfully executes senior appointments across a wide range of industries.

Anke Janssen

Partner
Hamburg / London

Anke has a long-standing career in executive search and has conducted Board level and senior executive mandates across a range of geographies and industry sectors.

John Durkey

Partner
Boston

John possesses over 20 years of experience in the retained search industry and has executed assignments across all functional disciplines in the Life Sciences & Health, Manufacturing and Technology sectors

Claudia Seidner

Partner
Frankfurt

Claudia Seidner has many years of experience recruiting for challenging leadership roles in large corporate groups and medium-sized companies. Her focus industries include transportation, tourism and logistics, IT and telecommunications, as well as pharmaceuticals, life science and renewable energies.

Andrew Gardner

Partner
New York

Andy has extensive experience recruiting for digital and integrated marketing and media, consumer, technology, financial services, and life science companies and divisions.

Kristina Kalkman

Associate Partner
Portland, OR

Kristina’s consultative approach has proven highly effective at executing strategic talent initiatives and delivering outstanding, diverse talent. Her hands on, common sense approach is highly effective in matching appropriate talent to leadership positions for companies of all sizes – from Start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

Peter Grech

Partner
Toronto

Peter has over 20 years experience in executive search spanning several continents. His expertise includes Insurance, Financial Services, Nonprofit, Human Capital, Digital Transformation, Data Analytics and Risk Management.

Mrinalini Singh

Partner
Dubai

Highly driven and a perfectionist by nature, Mrinalini is committed to her clients, candidates and colleagues.

Kenneth Greger

Partner
Portland, OR

With an impressive depth of domestic and international experience, Ken is well-regarded as a thought leader and advisor to the travel and hospitality industry.

James Theodore

Partner
Boston

Jim has been a leader in executive search for the Global Hospitality, Gaming and Travel industries for over 30 years.

Sana Mujtaba

VP Marketing and Principal
New York

Sana holds a dual role at August Leadership where she is the Vice President of Marketing and Principal in Executive Search.

Chun Liew

Partner
Shanghai

Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

Matiul I. Nowshad

Partner
Dhaka

Matiul Islam Nowshad is a seasoned management professional with over three decades of experience spanning three industrial segments- tea, textile and telecommunication.

John Purkiss

Partner
London

John has over 20 years’ experience in executive search. He set up and ran the CFO Practice in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office, and was promoted to Partner. Since then he has recruited senior executives and board members for a wide range of companies.

Peter Bowstead

Partner
New York / London

Peter has earned a reputation for executing particularly ‘difficult’ searches in both mature and frontier markets.

Michael N. Curran

Partner
New York

Michael’s experience in executive search includes a broad range of sectors and management disciplines.

Shahed Quazi

Partner
Dhaka

Experienced with multi-country leadership role, leading one of the largest conglomerates in the country and in leading HR function of largest telco in Bangladesh.

Jane Feng

Regional Advisory Partner
Shanghai

Jane Feng is an Advisory Partner of August Leadership, based in Shanghai.

Advisory Partners

John H. Austin Jr.

Advisory Partner
New York

John H. Austin Jr. founded iMask Intelligence after a decorated career in federal law enforcement, bringing his singular investigative expertise to the private sector.

Nadeem Baig

Advisory Partner
London

Nadeem Baig, based in London  is a senior business executive with extensive global human capital leadership experience in the Consumer Goods, Retail & Industrial sectors.

Leon Shivamber

Advisory Partner
New York

Leon Shivamber is an Advisory Partner at August Leadership with a record of building great teams and leading transformation across five continents.

Andrea B. Thomas

Advisory Partner
Salt Lake City / New York

Andrea B. Thomas is an advisory partner at August Leadership.

Karen E. Watson

Advisory Partner
New York

Karen E. Watson is a strategic marketing and communications consultant whose practice centers on using consumer market research, advertising techniques, and stakeholder coalition building to create greater public demand for healthier behaviors and the adoption of new cultural norms.

Ellen Wingard

Advisory Partner
New York

Ellen Wingard consults with leaders, executive teams and boards spanning global Fortune 500 companies, higher education, and academic medicine committed to achieving business results while building cultures of dignity and belonging where all can flourish.

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