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Amrop Appoints New Members to Global Executive Board

The Amrop Partnership announces the appointment of two new Board Members to its Executive Board:

Patrick Ference is a Founder and Managing Partner of Amrop Industrial Search in the United States. As a leader in the North American Industrial, Infrastructure and Energy practice areas for the Amrop Partnership, Patrick applies his combination of direct industrial experience and executive search skills to serve clients and support his Amrop partners in the automotive, metals and mining, diversified manufacturing, electrical and electronic products, aerospace/defense, and tech/digital sectors.   

Patrick is a trusted advisor to senior executives, providing executive recruitment and organizational consulting services to small/mid-cap industrial clients, ranging from publicly traded to private equity and family owned. Before co-founding Amrop Industrial Search, Patrick’s career included nearly 25 years in corporate roles, with cross-functional experience in Human Resources, Operations, IT Business Systems, and Industrial Health and Safety.

As a CHRO/chief talent officer, Patrick helped to transform major corporations and leadership teams working with clients such as Cooper Industries, Brady Corporation and Alpha Natural Resources. His deep understanding of stakeholder needs in executive recruitment comes from a unique perspective gained in key roles spearheading operating company turnarounds and company-wide initiatives such as corporate strategy development, goal/policy deployment, reengineering of go-to-market strategies, international growth/expansion, acquisitions, and executive development and succession

Patrick received a Bachelor's Degree in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the Corporate Executive Program at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management – Rice University

“I am honored to serve on the Board of the Amrop Partnership,” Patrick said. “With 40 years of history and one of the largest global footprints in executive search, Amrop is moving quickly through an inflection point. I am eager to add to our partnership’s vision and drive for innovation. The ultimate outcome we are targeting in deployment of new practices and new technologies is the improved success of our clients.”

Andrew Woodburn is Managing Director of Amrop Woodburn Mann in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Andrew’s 25-year career began in Executive Search in 1995 in a London-based firm, and spans international search projects across all functions and industries. He continues to work with clients in the retail, mining, heavy industry, communications, technology, FMCG and financial services sectors.

Prior to being appointed to his search role in 2010, Andrew’s business career involved delivering marketing/strategy consulting, online design, strategy integration, performance management, software development, data analysis and reporting services. His involvement in leading brands and new product development in FMCG companies, such as Coca-Cola and SAB Miller, provided a unique platform to leverage his strategic insight and creative flair into the commercial arena, both within a corporate environment and on an entrepreneurial level. This led to him working in a start-up team for the creation of a new banking organization in South Africa, with a focus on micro-finance.

He is highly involved in both Board Services and Leadership Development, with a personal interest in assisting corporations and individuals to reach their full potential, and lead the way for an improved future for the African continent.

Andrew received a Master of Science Degree in Development Economics and a Social Studies Graduate Diploma from Oxford University, in addition to receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand.

Andrew commented, “I feel privileged, and honored, to have been elected to Amrop’s Executive Board. I am excited to be part of a global search partnership providing a best-in-class innovative service that moves beyond the traditional, globally-owned, institutional search firm. Amrop is a world-class search practice, driven and supported by owner-driven businesses dedicated to their clients’ needs.”

Federico Cuneo, CEO and Chair of the Amrop Partnership, said, “Amrop’s Executive Board is carefully designed to bring a diversity of experience and perspectives to the governance of Amrop's global Partnership. Patrick and Andrew bring strong executive search and senior management experience in industry, representing two important regions. They bring unique points of view on topics ranging from governance to digitization, and will no doubt add tremendous value to our organization.”

Amrop’s Executive Board is comprised of 8 Members from EMEA, Asia and the Americas.

About Amrop

Amrop advises the world’s most dynamic, agile organizations on identifying and positioning Leaders For What’s Next - adept at working across borders, in markets around the world. With 76 offices in 49 countries, Amrop is one of the world’s largest retained executive search partnerships.