Managing Partner

About Matt Clemens

Matt Clemens is Managing Partner of Ward Howell International and is based in the firm's Cleveland office.

He has more than 25 years of executive search, recruiting and operational experience. Matt's executive search assignments span upper-management to senior C-Level executives, CEO and Presidents.

Matt has worked with small to Fortune 500 public, private companies and private equity firms in areas of industrial and consumer manufacturing, business services and distribution/logistics. Specific industries include: consumer products, business services, diversified industrials, distribution, mobile, machinery/equipment, aerospace, instrumentation, test & measurement, automation and controls, life sciences, fluid power and motion control, oil & gas, smart grid, power generation, electrical transmission and distribution, transportation/logistics, automotive/heavy duty truck, building/home products and refrigeration/HVAC.

Managing Director & Principal 2002 - 2020 Waverly Partners LLC, a national retained executive search firm formed in 2001 with offices in Atlanta GA, Charleston SC, Charlotte NC, Cincinnati OH, Cleveland OH, Columbus OH, Kansas City KS and Toledo OH.

Director 2001 - 2002 Christian & Timbers (CT Partners), a global retained search firm.

Director 1997 – 2001 Stratford Group, a top 20 executive search firm. Earlier, he served as Director for the Professional Recruiting division of Spherion Corporation, a Fortune 500 human resources consulting company.

Various operations, supply chain management and sales assignments at Roadway Express Corporation (1991-1997) and General Electric Lighting 1990 -1991. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Villanova University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. Saint Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH 1985.

Board of Regents, Saint Ignatius High School 2015 – present

Chair of Board of Regents, Saint Ignatius High School, 2019 – present

Board Trustee, The Country Club, Pepper Pike, Ohio


  • Automotive
  • Consumer
  • Industrial


  • Board Advisory
  • Executive Search
  • General Management
  • Manufacturing

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