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.

Linda Schaler

Partner
New York

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

Umran Beba

Partner
New York

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

Sonia Prais

Partner
Los Angeles / New York

With a focus in retail, beauty, and lifestyle, Sonia works in the U.S. and extensively across Europe, India, and Asia.

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.

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.

Francis “Fran” Luisi

Partner - Human Capital Practice
Orlando | New York | London

Fran Luisi is a leader in executive search across industry sectors and multiple geographies, helping organizations build their depth and quality of their Human Capital (HC) and Human Resource (HR) talent and functions globally, as a Partner within the Human Capital and Human Resource Practice within August Leadership.

John L. Pothin

Partner
New York

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

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.

David Barnette

Partner
Atlanta

With 15 years of experience as a senior leader in sales, marketing and operations, David brings a wealth of industry experience to August Leadership and specializes in the following areas: Digital Transformation, Go-To Market Strategy, Product and Channel Development,  Sales & Marketing Leadership, and Technology Leadership.  

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.

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.

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

Lisa Tromba

Partner
New York

Lisa is a well-experienced Executive Search, Leadership Assessment and Advisor delivering diverse leadership solutions across Consumer, Food & Beverage and Industrial markets globally. Her work spans functions and leadership levels through to C-Level.

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.

David Florence

Partner
New York

David has been successful in both large corporate and start-up environments. His career has included senior roles at Goto.com, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. David has traveled the planet working with Global 2000 and governments to implement Big Data solutions.

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. 

David Archambault

Partner
Palo Alto

David has a unique talent for building highly successful and effective management teams.

Jane Feng

Consultant
Shanghai

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

Advisory Partners

Greg Ballard

Advisory Partner
Silicon Valley

Greg Ballard serves as an advisory partner at August Leadership on the group’s expansion into the West Coast.

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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