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AESC Awards

We are proud of our members--those firms that meet our high standards of quality and professionalism. Our member firms and the professionals who work for them, are committed to our Code of Professional Practice exhibiting these values every day:

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Confidentiality
  • Objectivity
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

Each year the AESC takes time to recognize individuals who truly stand out in terms of their personal achievements and contribution to both their firm, our profession and the communities in which we serve.

Nominate a Peer for an AESC 2017 Award

AESC invites you to nominate a colleague or peer who you believe exemplifies the spirit of one of these honors:


AESC Award of Excellence, introduced in 2000 and in 2017 at the Global Conference and Asia Pacific Conference, recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact in enhancing our profession in a meaningful way, especially reinforcing our commitment to the highest professional standards through our Code of Professional Practice.

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AESC Lifetime Achievement Award (also known as the Gardner Heidrick Award), bestowed since 1982, honors lifetime achievement and recognizes the highest standards of work. Award winners all embody AESC’s highest professional practices.

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AESC Commitment to the Community Award (also known as the Eleanor H. Raynolds Award) was established in 1993 to recognize an individual who combines excellence in executive search or leadership consulting with a strong commitment to community service and volunteerism toward charitable causes.

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AESC Future of the Profession Award was established in 2015 and is designed to engage the next generation of leaders in executive search and leadership consulting. It honors innovation and leadership, and applies to professionals earlier in their career. Nominees should have at least seven years in the profession.

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AESC Award for Excellence and Professionalism in Research was established in 2004 and honors an AESC member Researcher who has demonstrated the highest standards of research, and who has represented themselves and their firm in a highly ethical manner at all times.

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Award Recipients Across the Years

AESC Lifetime Achievement Award

AESC's Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an executive search and leadership consultant who has made an outstanding contribution to the executive search and leadership consulting profession. Bestowed since 1982, it honors lifetime achievement and recognizes the highest standards of work. Nominees should embody AESC professional and ethical practices.

  • 2017
    Peter Drummond-Hay

    Russell Reynolds Associates

  • 2016
    Kevin Cashman

    Korn Ferry

  • 2015
    James N.J. Hertlein

    Boyden

  • 2014
    Egon Zehnder

    Egon Zehnder International

  • 2013
    Robert L. Pearson

    Pearson Partners International

  • 2012
    William B. Clemens, Jr.

    Spencer Stuart

  • 2011
    Luiz Carlos Cabrera

    Amrop Panelli Motta Cabrera

  • 2010
    Henry G. Higdon

    Higdon Partners

  • 2008
    Charles W.B. Wardell

    Korn Ferry International

  • 2007
    Thomas Friel

    Heidrick & Struggles

  • 2006
    Judith von Seldeneck

    Diversified Search, Ray & Berndtson

  • 2005
    C. Douglas Caldwell

    The Caldwell Partners

  • 2004
    Hobson Brown, Jr.

    Russell Reynolds Associates

  • 2003
    Dale Winston

    Battalia Winston International

  • 2002
    Dayton Ogden

    Spencer Stuart

  • 2001
    Roger Kenny

    Board Room Consultants

  • 2000
    Windle B. Priem

    Korn Ferry International

  • 1999
    Russell S. Reynolds, Jr.

    The Directorship Search Group, Inc.

  • 1998
    Thomas J. Neff

    Spencer Stuart

  • 1997
    Paul R. Ray, Jr.

    Ray & Berndston

  • 1996
    Richard M. Ferry

    Korn Ferry International

  • 1995
    Gerard R. Roche

    Heidrick & Struggles

  • 1994
    Spencer R. Stuart

    Spencer Stuart

  • 1993
    Max M. Ulrich

    Ward Howell International

  • 1992
    Gardner W. Heidrick

    The Heidrick Partners, Inc.

  • 1991
    Frederick W. Wackerle

    McFeely Wackerle Shulman

  • 1990
    Skott B. Burkland

    Scott/Edwards Consultants

  • 1989
    Gretchen Long

    Haskell & Stern Associates

  • 1988
    Christopher J. Mill

    Christopher Mill & Partners

  • 1987
    William E. Gould

    Gould & McCoy, Inc.

  • 1986
    William C. Houze

    William C. Houze & Company

  • 1985
    Alden S. Blodget, Jr.

    Paul Stafford Associates

  • 1984
    Leon A. Farley

    Leon A. Farley Associates

  • 1982
    Clarence E. McFeely

    McFeely Wackerle Associates

AESC Commitment to the Community Award

AESC's Commitment to the Community Award (formerly known as the Eleanor H. Raynolds Award) was established in 1993 to recognize an individual who combines excellence in executive search or leadership consulting with a strong commitment to community service and volunteerism toward charitable causes.

  • 2017
    Thomas Fuller

    Epsen Fuller/IMD

  • 2016
    David Moyer

    Moyer Sherwood Associates

  • 2015
    John F. Salveson

    Salveson Stetson Group, Inc.

  • 2014
    Joe Onstott

    The Onstott Group

  • 2013
    Betsy Gibbons

    Korn Ferry International

  • 2012
    Alfredo José Assumpção

    Fesa

  • 2011
    Sam Pettway

    Boardwalk Consulting

  • 2010
    E. Wade Close, Jr.

    Boyden

  • 2008
    Janice Reals Ellig

    Chadick Ellig

  • 2007
    Bonnie Crabtree

    Korn Ferry International

  • 2006
    Robert Heidrick

    Spencer Stuart

  • 2005
    Jacques C. Nordeman

    Nordeman Grimm

  • 2005
    Nancy Stephenson Nichols

    Heidrick & Struggles

  • 2004
    Caroline W. Nahas

    Korn Ferry International

  • 2003
    Susan Bishop

    Bishop Partners

  • 2002
    Paul Czamanske

    Compass Group, Ltd.

  • 2001
    Abram Claude, Jr.

    Ray & Berndston

  • 2000
    Judith von Seldeneck

    The Diversified Search Companies

  • 1999
    Millington F. McCoy

    Gould, McCoy & Chadick, Inc.

  • 1998
    Kenneth M. Rich

    Ray & Berndtson

  • 1997
    Eunice J. Azzani

    Korn Ferry International

  • 1996
    Herbert T. Mines

    Herbert Mines Associates

  • 1995
    David A. Bueschel

    Shepherd Bueschel & Provus, Inc.

  • 1994
    Robert W. Dingman

    Robert W. Dingman Company, Inc.

  • 1993
    Paul R. Ray, Jr.

    Ray & Berndston

 

AESC Future of the Profession Award

AESC's Future of the Profession is a new award designed to engage the next generation of leaders in executive search and leadership consulting. It honors innovation and leadership, and applies to professionals earlier in their career than the Heidrick and Raynolds Awards, which are seen as capstone awards. Nominees should have at least seven years in the profession.

  • 2017
    Pilar Brogeras

    Stanton Chase

  • 2016
    Andrew P. Chastain

    Witt/Kieffer

  • 2015
    Anneke Ferreira

    Ferreira & Associates

AESC Award of Excellence

AESC's Award of Excellence is given once a year to honor a professional in the executive search industry for his or her outstanding contribution to the executive search and leadership consulting profession.

  • 2017
    Julie Daum

    Spencer Stuart

  • 2015
    Aidan Kennedy

    Saxton Bampfylde

  • 2014
    Peter M. Felix

    AESC

  • 2013
    Bernard Zen Ruffinen

    Korn Ferry International

  • 2012
    Hermann Sendele

    Board Consultants International

  • 2011
    Ulrich F. Ackermann

    TRANSEARCH International

  • 2010
    Marc Lamy

    Boyden France

  • 2009
    Anders Borg

    Hansar International/Penrhyn International

  • 2008
    Richard Boggis-Rolfe

    Odgers Ray & Berndston

  • 2007
    Jean Van den Eynde

    Russell Reynolds Associates

  • 2006
    Eric Salmon

    Eric Salmon & Partners

  • 2005
    David Kimbell

    Spencer Stuart

  • 2004
    Didier Vuchot

    Korn Ferry International

  • 2002
    Anthony Saxton

    Saxton Bamfylde/The Amrop Hever Group

  • 2000
    Juergen Mulder

    Heidrick & Struggles

Award for Excellence and Professionalism in Research

AESC's Award For Excellence and Professionalism in Research honors an AESC member Researcher who has demonstrated the highest standards of research, and who has represented themselves and their firm in a highly ethical manner at all times. This prestigious award is presented at the annual AESC Forums.

  • 2014
    Heather Fookes

    Davies Park

  • 2013
    Annette Wimsatt

    Heidrick & Struggles

  • 2013
    Joan Schlachter

    BoardWalk Consulting

  • 2013
    Nathaniel Stapleton

    Johnson

  • 2012
    Allison Parsons

    Preng & Associates

  • 2012
    Edward Walton

    Godliman Partners

  • 2011
    Hallie Banker

    Tyler & Company

  • 2010
    Florrie Wallace

    Kincannon & Reed

  • 2009
    David Howells

    The Curzon Partnership

  • 2009
    Siobhan Walsh

    The Amrop Hever Group

  • 2008
    Elizabeth Dunkley

    Odgers Berndtson

  • 2007
    Mary Summers

    Korn Ferry International

  • 2007
    Carol O'Driscoll

    Russell Reynolds Associates

  • 2006
    Gwattie Bakker

    Eric Salmon & Partners

  • 2005
    Ann L. Jeffrey

    Gardiner International

  • 2004
    Chantal McClean

    Glenn Irvine International