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.

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 


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


Gavin specializes in senior-level CXO and Board appointments across the Middle East as an experienced recruitment and executive search professional.

Lukas Beech


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

Founder & CEO

As an innovator, Asad has founded and now leads August Leadership, one of the fastest-growing executive leadership search firms.

Chun Liew


Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

Nicole Kamaleson


Focused on mission-driven or for-purpose organizations, Nicole has led senior executive searches at the Board, C-suite, Vice President, and director levels internationally.

Wim van Acker


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

John Purkiss


John has over 25 years of experience in executive search.  He has recruited senior executives and board members for a wide range of companies.

Waichiro Hayashi


Waichiro offers consultative support and expertise to firms seeking improved performance through leadership change and counseling.

Carilyn Quigley 


Carilyn built her early executive search career in developing markets where she gained invaluable skills, solving clients’ executive talent challenges.

Gavin O' Malley


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.

Michelle Partipilo


Her experience spans a range of industries and sectors including but not limited to sports & entertainment, technology, not-for-profit, travel/tourism & hospitality, alternative energy and real estate. Functionally, Michelle’s specializes in VP, C-suite, and Board level searches primarily.

James Gathercole 


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. 

Mrinalini Singh


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

Daanish Iqbal


As a highly accomplished relationship builder with a track record of excellence, Daanish has played a pivotal role in placing over 120 CEO and C-level executives in his career.

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