Practice

Energy & Natural Resources

Today’s energy landscape is going through a major transformation with global megatrends shaping its evolution. Growth across the whole energy spectrum is driving price and profit, while disruptive innovation is fueling new opportunities for both established and emerging players alike.

Strong sustainable growth and investment across the conventional and alternative energy landscapes will accelerate into the next decade, triggering a rapid transition into renewables. While conventional sources will dominate in the near term, there has been double-digit growth for wind and solar in the past few years, for example. The industry has witnessed a reduction in manufacturing costs, about 80% in solar and 50% in wind. Now more than ever, energy businesses need to prepare for a world where power comes increasingly from renewable sources and develop new strategies to improve resiliency and create sustainable opportunities.

At August Leadership, we leverage our decades of industry experience to help our clients find preeminent leaders across the energy landscape. Our expertise spans oil and gas, renewables, chemicals, environmental services & clean technology, power and electrification. Beyond executive search, we provide leadership advisory services to leadership teams of energy firms, enabling them to reach their true potential.

What We Do

We understand that success in the changing and challenging Energy business demands more leadership and top talent than ever before.

We help solve the Energy Industry’s toughest leadership talent, and culture challenges. We bring the know-how and know-who to deliver the great leaders needed to shape any organization’s success for the changing decades to come.

For us, Energy is a force in the workplace, not just an afterthought. Our client-centric approach is powered by two driving forces:

  • Actionable Insights: We’re current, and connected, and our work is informed by advanced intel and insights.
  • Powering Ambition: We deeply understand our client’s businesses and use our substantial Energy expertise to provide tailored talent and leadership solutions to drive innovation and growth and create responsive, open relationships that foster trust throughout each process.

We know that purpose-driven, tech-enabled, and human-powered organizations with progressive communication and leadership strategies are poised to win. Our global cohort of experts brings decades of energy experience that is here to power your needs every day and everywhere.

Our Expertise

  • Oil & Gas (Upstream Downstream, Field Services)
  • Chemicals
  • Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro)
  • Emerging Renewables (Geo-thermal, Ocean, Biomass)
  • Energy Production and Storage
  • Power Transmission & Distribution
  • Environmental & Clean Technology (Water and Air Treatment & Remediation)
  • Electrification
  • Blue & Green Hydrogen

Practice Team

Kevin Howard 

Partner

With exceptional depth of expertise in Global Energy and Consumer Products, Kevin delivers transformative leaders and talent that shape and drive the success of organizations in these spaces.

Gavin Cheadle

Partner

Gavin is an experienced recruitment and Executive Search professional, based in Dubai focused on senior level, CXO and Board appointments across the Middle East region.

Wim Van Acker

Partner

With 25 years of recruiting experience, Wim has served automotive and diversified manufacturing clients for both publicly and privately held clients.

Lukas Beech

Partner

Lukas Beech is one of the most influential search consultants in Asia, with about 20 years of deep expertise, especially in the Korean market.

Asad Haider

Partner

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

Michael Maeder

Partner

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

Eva Shaw

Partner

Eva has over 23 years of global executive search experience in a variety of industry sectors particularly in the CEE region.

Chun Liew

Advisory Partner

Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

Claudia Seidner

Partner

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, pharmaceuticals, life science, and renewable energies.

Carilyn Quigley 

Partner

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.

Mrinalini Singh

Partner

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

Kristina Kalkman

Partner

Kristina’s consultative approach has proven highly effective at executing strategic talent initiatives and delivering outstanding, diverse talent.

Paul Chau

Partner

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

Jane Feng

Advisory Partner

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

James Gathercole 

Partner

James has a keen interest in innovative, technology-enabled industrial, healthcare, and consumer businesses. Clients value his deep understanding of the essential leadership characteristics of Chinese executives who succeed in western organisations. 

Nicole Kamaleson

Partner

Focused on mission-driven or for-purpose organizations, Nicole has advised on C-suite talent transitions, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), board/governance, human capital, and organizational development.

Susan Waweru 

Partner

Susan has over fifteen years’ experience sourcing the most exceptional candidates across sectors in international development, including public health, life sciences, climate change, environment, advocacy, agriculture research, and development finance.

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