John Howard

Global Managing Partner

Office Location: Chicago

Phone: +1 312 4961000

John Howard is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ and the global managing partner of the firm’s Mining and Metals Practice. He has placed senior management, executive level, and board of directors positions for regional and global manufacturing, natural resources, and engineering companies.

John’s expertise includes finding non-executive director, CEO, president and vice president (operations, sales & marketing, etc.) level positions within the North American market as well as ex-patriate positions in Asia and the Middle East. His experience covers steel and aluminum production and processing, automotive and aerospace manufacturing, mining and capital equipment manufacturers for various industries, and has served both public and private equity-backed portfolio companies in the industrial market.

John joined Heidrick & Struggles in January, 2014 as a partner in the Industrial Practice, relocating to his native Toronto after residing in the U.S. for 25 years. In 2019, John returned to Pittsburgh, PA and is affiliated with the Chicago office.

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, John spent twelve years in executive search as a managing director with a global search firm in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to entering executive search, John had a twenty-year career in the metals and engineered equipment industries. He was vice president and general manager of a division of Danieli Corporation in Pittsburgh. Before that, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Fuchs Systems, Inc. in Salisbury, NC. Prior to his sales career, John held positions in project management, engineering, and maintenance, both for equipment supply companies and steel mills. His experience in the metals business includes process improvement, capital equipment supply, engineering and construction of Greenfield and Brownfield facilities.


John earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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