Mr. Hughes has distinguished himself as an expert in identifying, assessing, and developing leaders. His relationships within sports and intercollegiate athletics are extensive, having spent twenty years coaching in professional and intercollegiate football and working for five Hall of Fame coaches.
As the leader of Walter V. Clark, a behavioral assessment company, Mr. Hughes re-energized the company with new products, research and software. He led the development of psychological testing, competency development and structural behavioral interviewing for the Super Bowl San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. While at Walter V. Clark, Mr. Hughes coached some of the top business executives at GE, R.R. Donnelly, H.J. Heinz, and PNC Bank in leadership.
Prior to his current position, he led the sports practice at another leading international executive search firm for over twelve years and served as a core member of the board and CEO practice.
Apart from the sports world, Mr. Hughes has had much success in recruiting board directors and CEOs within private equity, consumer, and industrial organizations.
He is the author of Succession Planning – The Retail Black Hole, An Old Game with New Challenges - Leadership at a Crossroads in Intercollegiate Sports, and Survival in the Sports Entertainment Business: The New Darwinism?
Mr. Hughes earned a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Michigan, as well as a master of arts degree from Stanford University.