Based in New York, David Cowan is a core member of Spencer Stuart’s Energy, Infrastructure, CEO, Board and Private Equity practices. David has over fifteen years’ experience in leadership consulting and has lived and worked in the USA, the UK, Australia and the UAE. He has extensive experience advising on the assessment, appointment, development and succession of Board Members, CEOs and their direct reports in listed and investor backed environments.

David’s experience is held across the renewable energy, infrastructure, built environment and sustainability sectors. He works with both asset owners/developers and the associated contracting and equipment companies, serving both traditional energy/infrastructure companies as they transition to today’s market and the companies developing innovative technology to drive change in these sectors. David is a core member of the firm’s Carbon Task Force that supports clients to meet their ESG objectives through developing people agendas to support decarbonisation.

Deep energy and infrastructure expertise

  • David was formerly based in the Dubai office of the Firm where he led the energy & infrastructure practices in the MENA region.
  • Before joining Spencer Stuart, David was a Partner in the energy and infrastructure practices of another global executive search firm. He has a long-held interest in renewable energy and has spent a considerable amount of his time on sustainable energy and infrastructure projects for over fifteen years.
  • David is a recipient of the Firm’s Lou Rieger Quality Award for client service.

David holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in genetics from the University of Leeds in England.

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