Jonathan Verlander and DeLynn Mitchell have been hired by leading executive search firm Ducatus Partners as as Partner and Principal respectively in a move intended to bolster the company’s US presence. These appointments will add substantial experience to the team as the company realises an ambitious growth strategy driven by a recovery in the energy markets and a resurgence in infrastructure projects globally.
Verlander brings more than 20 years’ experience in global geosciences, asset management and energy finance gained at Enterprise Oil, Shell, RBS, Société Générale, as well as leading the oil and gas team at Commonwealth Bank of Australia in London and Houston. He will support Ducatus Partners’ expansion within the global energy and infrastructure sectors.
Mitchell brings a unique mix of 10 years’ human resources and talent acquisition experience to the company. She joins from Schneider Electric where she was a Senior HR Business Partner. In addition to delivering executive search solutions, Mitchell’s role will focus on developing Ducatus Partners’ leadership consulting offering.
Kevin Davidson, Ducatus Partners’ managing director, commented: “Jon is a seasoned industry professional and, with his broad international experience and collegiate approach to supporting clients, is an excellent addition to the Ducatus Partners team. This coupled with the mix of skills that DeLynn adds to the team, will broaden and deepen our capability and capacity to support client goals.”
The company has more than doubled in size in the past year to 20 executive search professionals across its Houston, London, Aberdeen, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro offices. This growth is set to continue with an expectation of reaching 30 staff over the next 12 months. This includes the addition of a global research and knowledge management support team based in Brazil.
Jamie Ferguson, managing partner for the Americas, adds: “We are delighted to have both Jon and DeLynn join Ducatus Partners in Houston. They will play leading roles as we continue to build our energy and infrastructure teams in the US, supporting clients with our in-depth industry knowledge and commitment to rigorous research.”
Formed by Airswift in 2016, Ducatus Partners delivers executive search, market intelligence and related consultancy to clients across the energy, process and infrastructure industries. The company sources leadership talent at an international level by leveraging its widespread network and world-class research capabilities.