Paul Benson is a partner with Heidrick & Struggles. He is a member of the firm's Energy Practice and leads the global Power & Utility sector.
Paul advises utility boards and senior management on managing human capital risk, C-level succession, and market trends and threats. He also conducts corporate governance and executive level search assignments for electric and gas utilities, independent system operators, independent power producers, as well as heavy/civil construction companies. He has spoken at the annual EEI convention on corporate governance, has written articles for Fortnightly magazine on talent management and has written and spoken on the talent issues facing the global nuclear sector (with an emphasis on US and middle east based nuclear companies).
In 2012, Paul was awarded the firm’s single highest honor for quality execution, receiving the 2012 Heidrick & Struggles Global Craftsmanship Award for a CEO search he had recently conducted.
Paul is currently based in New York but from 2008 to 2010 he was based in the firm’s Middle East office, where he conducted C-level executive search and advisory service for Middle East based energy companies interested in attracting talent from the US and European markets.
Paul's earlier career combines ten years of consumer products marketing with such companies as H.P. Hood, Mennen, and The Perrier Group of America.