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Jeff Hauswirth serves as Vice Chairman and Head of North American Search for Ferguson Partners and is based in the firm’s Toronto office. He focuses on expanding the firm’s Canadian platform and global footprint by partnering with the firm’s management team to refine and implement new business strategies and service offerings. Mr. Hauswirth also leads the firm’s CEO Succession Practice and participates in both the Board Recruitment & Advisory Practice and the PE/REIM Practice.
Prior to joining Ferguson Partners, Mr. Hauswirth led the global real estate practice at Spencer Stuart, where he conducted CEO, C-Suite and Board mandates for 25 years. He completed approximately 250 senior-level recruitment and advisory assignments during his time at the firm and authored thought leadership on topics ranging from executive succession to the value of board service. Mr. Hauswirth began his career by launching his own companies in the retail and distribution sectors, thereby gaining a firsthand understanding of the demands facing CEOs, Boards and C-Suite executives.
Mr. Hauswirth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Guelph. When not engaged in searches, Mr. Hauswirth enjoys volunteering on the Boards of local charities. He currently serves as Chairman of Second Harvest, a Toronto-based food rescue and distribution organization; and Upopolis, a private social utility that connects young hospital patients to their families, friends and school networks to alleviate stress and isolation while in medical care.