Clarke Havener

Clarke Havener

Global Sector Leader, Aviation, Aerospace & Defense


Mr. Havener has more than 25 years of experience in executive search. He has led numerous board, CEO and functional leadership searches with clients both in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Havener spent nine years with another international executive search firm, where he formed and led the company's airlines, aerospace, defense practice. In this role, he served aerospace and defense companies, government and commercial systems integrators, software companies and electronic product companies which sold into government and commercial markets.

In 1988, Mr. Havener co-founded another global executive search firm, where he served as president. This firm concentrated on aerospace, defense, systems integration, software, hardware and related areas of technology. His clientele included Fortune 50 organizations as well as smaller, fast-growing technology companies in both the commercial and government markets.

Mr. Havener's earlier experience included positions in sales and marketing with Prentice Hall, and at a consultancy in business and loan restructuring.

Mr. Havener is a board member of the Wharton Aerospace & Defense Forum. He is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association, and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

He earned a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.