John Howard


Office Location: Toronto , Chicago

Phone: +1 416 3614700

John Howard is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and global managing partner of the Mining & 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 placing non-executive director, CEO, president, and vice president-level positions in the areas of operations, human resources, finance, sales & marketing, and HSE within the North American market as well as ex-patriate positions in Asia and the Middle East. Specific industries served include steel and aluminum production and processing, automotive and aerospace manufacturing, mining, and capital equipment manufacturers for various industries. In addition to working with public companies, John has led senior level searches for private equity-backed portfolio companies in the industrial market.

John joined Heidrick & Struggles as a partner in the Industrial Practice, returning to his native Toronto after residing in the U.S. for 25 years. He has recently relocated back to the Chicago office.

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, John spent twelve years in executive search as a managing director with Boyden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to entering executive search, John had a twenty-year career in the metals and engineered equipment industries. From 1997 to 2001, he was vice president and general manager of a division of Danieli Corporation. Before that, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Fuchs Systems, Inc.

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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