Mintz Group, a global leader in investigative services, announced that John T. Gardner, a former Vice Chairman of Executive Search firm Heidrick & Struggles, has joined the company’s board of directors. Gardner has an extensive background working with boards and CEOs around the world on issues including risk management and mitigation. He also brings to the Mintz Group his considerable experience driving growth and international expansion.
“John’s tenure and leadership at Heidrick & Struggles offers the Mintz Group invaluable perspective from another leading professional services firm focused on providing high value-added service to a discerning clientele,” said Tim Whipple, President and CEO of Mintz Group. “He has a nuanced understanding of the inherent risks that companies face and the increased focus leading corporations are devoting to those risks.”
According to Gardner, “Companies are increasingly concerned with risk management, and Mintz Group offers the range of investigative services that companies need.”
“John’s decades-long knowledge of our key markets and his international expertise will prove invaluable as we continue to expand our global footprint,” added Whipple.
Gardner served as an industry-leading executive search consultant for over 30 years. At Heidrick & Struggles, he played an instrumental role in leading the company’s evolution from small partnership to global leader. He founded and led the firm’s Industrial Practice, served as President, Global Practices and drove the expansion of Heidrick & Struggles’ CEO & Board Practice internationally. He has received many industry awards, as well as the John E. Struggles Award, Heidrick & Struggles’ most prestigious honor. Gardner continues to work with private equity firms, boards and senior executives on how to better run their companies including mitigating risk by incorporating investigations into the due diligence process.
A frequent speaker and writer on the issues of leadership and corporate governance, Gardner received a BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech and an MBA With Distinction from Harvard Business School. Early in his career, he worked with McKinsey & Company and the General Electric Company.