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Heidrick & Struggles appoints partner in London

Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Louis Besland as a partner in its industrial practice and as head of chemicals for Europe and Africa.

Based in London with a remit across Europe, Besland (pictured) will focus on building the firm's search and leadership consulting activities in the oil and gas, chemical and energy sectors.

He has more than 30 years of consulting and operational experience and has built a strong reputation as a trusted adviser to corporate boards and management teams. He has been an advisor to international and national oil companies, large energy groups, oil service companies, chemical groups, and government organisations as well as private-equity firms.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Besland was managing director and co-head of the European and Middle East oil, gas & chemicals practice at AlixPartners. He also spent 12 years as a partner at A.T. Kearney, leading the firm's energy practice and was a partner at Gemini Consulting and PA Consulting group.

Jamie Page, who leads the firm's UK industrial practice, commented, "Louis' deep sector expertise and background make him uniquely placed to deliver both search and leadership consulting services at the highest level for our global clients.”

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