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Thomas H. Dougherty

Partner

Know Thyself

— The Ancient Greek aphorism "know thyself” is one of the Delphic maxims and was inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek writer Pausanias.

The captain

Although Tom presents as a low-key, understated executive, he has taken risks few of us would consider: as an infantry officer, Tom served in the 82nd Airborne and 12th Special Forces Group, jumping out of “perfectly good aircraft.” He has climbed the highest peaks in Southeast Asia and Australia and explored the streets of Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, Vladivostok, Muscat, and Jeddah. As Tom explains, “all the risks I’ve taken, all the exploring I’ve done has been measured and well considered. I apply the same philosophy in leading businesses, usually with success.”

Tom applies 33 years of global leadership experience to his role as partner. He brings demonstrated proficiency in industrial, aerospace, and engineering sectors, and an extraordinary familiarity with international business to his client partnerships. Having lived in six different countries, in Asia and Europe and in having led international business development efforts for Nortek and Raytheon in the Middle East and Latin America, Tom is a significant asset to our multinational clients. He has traveled to over 50 countries, making him a true global citizen and a sage advisor on international talent matters.

Previously, Tom was managing director at O’Neill Consulting Group. Tom acquired his leadership chops as a young infantry officer stationed in Germany. Subsequent to those formative experiences, Tom played key leadership roles in several world class organizations, from helping lead Nortek’s enterprise wide operational transformation to running aftermarket businesses for United Technologies, Lennox, and Raytheon.

Tom reminds himself of the maxim “know thyself” whenever he takes on a leadership role in a new country, culture, or company. He tells us, “in order to optimize your effectiveness as a leader, you need to know yourself thoroughly.”

When Tom isn’t focused on serving his clients, he spends time with his wife Lynne, and their four children. Tom and Lynne have strong ties to Australia, where their eldest daughter currently attends university. Tom and his family ski regularly and, when the snow melts, he hits the pavement for a run.


Education

The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, MBA
The Catholic University of America, B.A., Economics and Financial Management