Based in Chicago, John Davidson brings a wide range of executive search experience to Spencer Stuart’s Aviation, Aerospace and Defense, and Automotive practices. He has done extensive work in private equity as well as the general industrial, transportation and logistics, and travel sectors. John also helps facilitate the design and delivery of leadership assessment, development and succession solutions.

Wide-ranging transportation industry and leadership experience

  • John’s client work is focused on senior executive assignments at the corporate and divisional levels, as well as operational and commercial leadership roles — primarily in the airline, general and business aviation, cargo, MRO and aircraft leasing sectors.
  • Before joining Spencer Stuart, John was a partner with another international search firm, where he was a partner within the global industrial practice.
  • John began his career with LAI Ward Howell, in the firm’s automotive practice, then left to create Lake Forest Executive Search, a boutique search firm located in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

John received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Rollins College and serves on the board of Reading Power, a nonprofit literacy tutoring program for low-achieving children in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

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