The Energists adds a Principal


February 19, 2024


Emma Hill


Firm News

In a key move to enhance the firm’s ability to best serve its customers, The Energists added key Principal Thomas Dowdy in 2023. Hitting the ground running from his first day, Tom comfortably dovetailed into the Houston team. So far in 2024, he has supported key mandates including electric utility, advanced energy solutions, and a major international steel mill.

Over the past 25 years, Tom has focused on serving the energy industry in talent attraction in both executive search and human resource management. He has assisted clients and employers in completing projects in North America, Europe, former Soviet Union, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Working on projects around the world, Tom has a global network and firsthand knowledge of international integrated energy companies, solutions providers, drilling contractors, technology companies and major manufacturers.

Before joining The Energists, Tom held senior Human Resources and Talent Acquisition roles at BP, Parker Wellbore, Weatherford, Tenaris and Daikin Comfort. While at BP, he was the head of resourcing where he led the company’s external and internal recruitment at all levels in Russia.

Earlier in his career, Tom worked as a partner and general director in Russia for Preng & Associates (a Houston based executive search firm focused on the energy industry) and became one of the top executive search consultants assisting both international and Russian energy clients.

Tom started his executive search career as a consultant at Ward Howell International in Moscow; where he initiated the firm’s Energy Practice in the former Soviet Union.

Tom takes pride in playing fantasy football in the energy industry, because the selection of the right people means everything. He is fluent in Russian, lives in Houston with wife and 3 children. In his free time, he enjoys challenging himself physically by running through the countryside, competing in practical marksmanship, and keeping people safe.

“We are very happy to have Tom aboard, he brings a great deal of experience and integrity to the firm. Up until 2023, we have never had a Principal so adding Tom represented something of a structural shift – a move I am now very happy we made. Outside of work, our overlapping extracurricular pursuits make for some very interesting away days – family fun for all and never a dull moment!”

Jon Hill, Managing Partner at The Energists.


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