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Thomas Zay


Tom Zay is an executive search consultant expert in the global industrial and energy sectors. He works with a broad range of manufacturers.

Professional Focus

  • More than 20 years’ diverse executive search experience working on critical senior-level assignments with emerging businesses and global corporations pursuing strategic transformation
  • Extensive experience in the energy and industrial sectors: oilfield services, equipment manufacturing; midstream energy infrastructure; oil & gas exploration and production; EPCM and O&M contractors for petrochemical, refining, chemical, power facilities
  • Recruits for Board and a broad variety of Corporate roles and functions: CEO, COO, CFO, human resources, marketing and sales, manufacturing and supply chain; particular strength recruiting operating general management for business unit, P&L leadership roles
  • Frequently works with domestic companies to staff foreign operations, and with international businesses establishing operations in the US
  • Consults with private equity investors to facilitate investment objectives through recruitment of board members, CEOs and senior operating executives with unique sector experience
  • Expertise working with owners of closely held business seeking to professionalize their organizations and move to the next level through the establishment of governance structures and the addition of key leadership.

Business Expertise

  • Began executive search career working across a broad variety of industry sectors with a boutique retained search firm based in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Earlier career in corporate banking with Continental Illinois Bank and its oil & gas lending group
  • Corporate financial positions with multibillion-dollar interstate pipeline company United Energy Resources

Practice Membership

Global Industry Practices

  • Industrial

Global Cross-Sector Practices

  • CEO & Board Services
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital

Additional Sector Expertise

  • Energy, Global Leader
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain

Education & Certifications

  • MBA from University of Houston
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from University of Georgia

Affiliations & Awards

  • Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association
  • Houston Producers’ Forum
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • International Association of Drilling Contractors
  • Mentor, University of Houston’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship



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