Hedley Lawson is a highly acclaimed senior corporate executive, board and management advisor, board member, thought leader, author, and professional speaker. As Global Managing Partner for Aligned Growth Partners, LLC, he has worked for and advised domestic and global boards of directors, executives, equity investors, and business owners to develop and effectively execute strategic plans and build agile organizations, from start-up and pre-IPO companies to global, publicly-listed corporations.
Hedley leads the firm’s global strategic, operational, and organizational excellence advisory and consulting practice, as well as its M&A and Executive Search practices. Hedley and his firm serve publicly-listed and privately-held high technology, medical device, banking and finance, food and wine, construction and development, and other lines of business from offices in the Northern California Wine Country; San Diego, California; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; Singapore; Malaysia; China; and New Zealand.
Hedley’s executive leadership experience includes serving as Vice President Global Human Resources for Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. (MFLEX) where he was responsible for MFLEX’s global human capital and strategic planning. In his first year with the company, he doubled its workforce in China from 10,000 from 20,000 employees. Subsequently, he led the global executive team’s strategic planning, resulting in record revenue, operating income, margin growth, and ROIC. The company was subsequently recognized by Business Week and Fortune Magazines as one of America’s fastest growing corporations. Hedley also served for 20-years a member of the senior executive leadership team in the positions of Senior Vice President Human Resources and Quality Management and as Corporate Vice President for the Americas for SOLA Optical USA and SOLA International, Inc.
Hedley has served on boards of directors and company advisory boards, including: the board of directors for Operation Eyesight Universal USA; the advisory board for Pahlmeyer and Wayfarer Wineries; and a member of the Wells Fargo Bank Northern California Advisory Board. He has also served on numerous not-for-profit boards of directors and as a Gubernatorial Appointee, State of California, Department of Rehabilitation Employer Outcomes Committee. As well, he was a Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Appointee to the Blue Ribbon Committee for Civil Service Reform; a Founding Member and President, Board of Directors, North Bay Employers’ Coalition on Healthcare; and as an Executive Committee board member and Chair of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committees for the Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts.
A frequent public speaker, Hedley has delivered over 125 keynote speeches and seminars to trade conventions, annual business and leadership meetings, and university business schools. For over 25 years, Hedley served as a Contributing Editor and author for Jobson Medical Information, LLC, a New York-headquartered, global business Publishing Corporation. Additionally, he also served as Contributing Editor for Optical Synergy, an optical laboratory trade group, and as a Contributing Editor for The Alliance, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based medical device and services organization.
Hedley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Sonoma State University, and a Master’s degree with a double major in human resources management and organizational development from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania Financial Management and Executive Leadership programs. He holds membership in the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the International Executive Resource Group (IERG), and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
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