John DeNavi is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Sydney office and a member of the Industrial Practice. He focuses on search and consulting assignments across defence, aerospace, transportation, and infrastructure. Most recently, John spent five years at our global headquarters in Chicago, working with the North America team to serve US clients in the defence, manufacturing, and private equity sectors with a specific focus on CEO, COO, and board appointments.


During his time in this United States, his clients included manufacturers, major government contractors, MROs, and transportation companies. He also conducted CEO searches for post-acquisition private equity portfolio companies.

Prior to working in the US, John spent four years in the Sydney office supporting Australian blue chip industrial clients with executive search and leadership consulting services.



University of Sydney, Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering