Professional Profile

Andy Talkington is a Managing Director at ZRG Partners. With more than 18 years of executive recruitment experience, Andy has conducted over 400 searches for private equity, venture capital, and small to large private and public companies in all global regions. His search practice has been concentrated in placing top executives in Board of Director, CEO and executive-level management positions within the Industrial sector.

Previous Experience

During his earlier executive search affiliations with Korn Ferry, Heidrick & Struggles and CTPartners, Andy held leadership roles that included co-managing the industrial practice for four years and leading the energy and chemicals practice for 10 years.

In addition to his extensive search experience, Andy brings more than 20 years of management experience in the agricultural, energy and oil & gas, chemicals, and mining industries to his search practice. While at Olin Corporation and then Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Andy’s responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, business management, operations and engineering, and technology. Andy was Vice President of Occidental Chemical Corporation, a division of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, prior to his entry into executive search.

An active member of various energy and chemical associations, Andy has conducted leadership development programs and authored leadership articles for numerous management publications. Additionally, he continues to be active in the community as a Trustee of Riverside Military Academy and co-chair of various events for the Nehemiah Center, an inner city after school K-12 program. He was previously on the boards of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Gulf Coast chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Andy received both his Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degrees from Cornell University.