March 24, 2018

The Texans Enlist the Help of the NFL Head Hunter

Jed Hughes

Jed Hughes

According the the Houston Texans have enlisted the help of the NFL Head hunter, Jed Hughes. Hughes is the Vice Chairman and Global Sector Leader (Sports) for Korn and Ferry.

Here is his bio from the company web site:

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.

Hughes has also worked an assistant coach under Bo Schembechler (Michigan), Terry Donahue (UCLA), Bud Grant (Vikings) and Chuck Noll (Steelers).  He helped the New York Jets in their General Manager  search prior to the 2013 season and helped place John Idzik to the position.


Hughes has also helped place:

Mark Murphy: CEO of the Green Bay Packers

Larry Scott: Commissioner of the Pac-12

Brady Hoke:  Head Coach at University of Michigan


Also he has worked for:

The United State Olympic Committee

Ladies PGA

Seattle Seahawks

Cleveland Browns

San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers

Arsenal Football Club

Liverpool Football Club

The Ohio State University

ATP Tour

Women’s Tennis Association


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