Our People

Our team consists of former business leaders and industry and functional experts. We have firsthand experience with the challenges you face and are committed to delivering exceptional service.

Asad Haider

Founder and 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 and Managing Partner
New York / London

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

Charles W. B. Wardell III

Vice Chairman
Naples, FL

Charles is internationally regarded as a leader in the executive search industry.

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.

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.

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.

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, and Life Sciences.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Grech

Partner
Toronto

With 20 years experience recruiting regionally and internationally, Peter helps companies transform and innovate through brave, globally-minded leaders.

Carrie Magee

Partner
Atlanta

Carrie is an expert in organizational transformation.  She helps organizations undergoing rapid evolution optimize their talent equation and has deep practical experience in two specific areas:   Human Resources and Client Centricity/Customer Experience.

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

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. 

Peter Bowstead

Partner
New York / London

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

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.

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.

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.

Michael N. Curran

Partner
New York

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

Chun Liew

Partner
Shanghai

Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

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.

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
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.

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