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James N. J. Hertlein


James is a globally experienced consultant with extensive executive search experience, following a corporate career in the oilfield services sector.

Professional Focus

  • More than 20 years’ experience in executive search, working with clients ranging from global entities to private equity portfolio companies
  • North America Regional Leader of Industrial Practice Group; Member of Board Services Practice Group
  • Over 20 years in the oilfield services industry in management and human resources roles
  • Specializes in the energy and industrial sectors, including oil & gas exploration and production, oilfield services, midstream, and general manufacturing
  • Expertise in all functions within the traditional corporate structure, as well as those unique to the global energy and chemical process industries

Business Expertise

  • 23 years with leading global oilfield services company Schlumberger, beginning in field engineering, followed by leadership roles in management and human resources in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia
  • Vice President of Human Resources of Applicon, CAD/CAM software subsidiary of Schlumberger

Practice Membership

Global Industry Practice

  • Industrial, Practice Member

Global Cross-Sector Practices

  • CEO & Board Services, Practice Member

Additional Sector Expertise

  • Energy, Sub-Sector Practice Member
  • Oilfield Services
  • Technology

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from University of Nottingham, in United Kingdom

Affiliations & Awards

  • Former Board Member, Boyden World Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Past Global Chairman, Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants
  • Past Americas Council Chair, Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants
  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Member, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • 2015 Recipient of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants Gardner W. Heidrick Award



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