The industrial sector contributes $23.518 trillion to the global economy, accounting for more than22 percent of the world employment. This sector has grown tremendously, with companies adopting a more inward-looking approach and recognizing that the customers are increasingly expecting more reliable, transparent, and efficient B2B relationships.

Middle class spending is expected to increase to up to $64 trillion by 2030, accounting for a third of GDP growth3. This is mainly driven by the growing consuming classes in emerging economies. As innovations spark additional demand, global manufacturers will have substantial new opportunities—but in a much more uncertain environment. Therefore, to prevent extinction, industrial companies are expected to transform according to the evolving ecosystems, business models, technology, customer expectations, and workforce.

What We Do

Industry leaders see innovation as the key to a future reliant on talent, skill, relationships, and intelligent deals. Thus, the human factor is working in concert with technology to create opportunities, not remove jobs. Global leaders agree that innovation and human capital are the two areas they must strengthen to capitalize on new opportunities. The biggest recruiting challenge for CEOs is attracting people talented in creativity, innovation, leadership, emotional intelligence, problem solving, and adaptability.

Aggressive and deliberate investments, while imperative, are not enough. The next wave of leaders in the industrial sector will build ecosystems that deliver on the promise of analytics and connectivity to maximize efficiency for themselves and their customers. They will get closer to their customers’ needs, creating suites of services and creating new partnerships outside their core specialty areas. They can succeed if they move forward in smart, deliberate strides. At August Leadership, we work with our clients to identify and develop the leaders who can make this a reality.

Our Expertise

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction

Practice Team

Asad Haider

Founder & CEO

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

Michael Maeder


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

Anke Janssen


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.

Eva Shaw


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

John Purkiss


John has over 25 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.

Arne Adrian


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.

Chun Liew


Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

Mrinalini Singh


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

Ami Bhatt


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.

Carilyn Quigley 


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.

Paul Chau


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

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.

Christine Sobhani


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.

Jane Feng

Advisory Partner

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

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. 

Gavin Cheadle


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.

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.

Sarah McGowan


With over 25+ years of experience in the retail industry, Sarah has an extensive background in talent management, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and general management.

Markos Moya


As a Partner at August Leadership, Markos leads operations in Australia. With over 30 years of experience, Markos focuses on the Technology, Private Equity, and Retail industries.

Claire Lawson


Claire has spent seventeen years in Executive Search and focuses on leadership positions in Consumer, Industrial and Professional Services.

Waichiro Hayashi


As an experienced executive recruiter and senior executive for multinational corporations, Waichiro provides consultative support and expertise for firms who believe that leadership change and/or counseling will dramatically improve performance. He focuses on senior level assignments for multinational firms undertaking business in Japan and Asia-Pacific in the Industrial, Technology, Life Science and Professional Services.

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