About Magellan

Magellan began 25 years ago to focus on better ways to accomplish retained search in the professional services industry.

Specifically, the firm reframed the search process by addressing two critical needs: completion of search and persistence of fit. Early on we learned our clients make money by keeping and cultivating people, not just by hiring them.  We also realized that persistence of fit is improved immeasurably by empowering our candidates to move beyond taking jobs and towards owning their careers, before they interview with our clients.

To accomplish these goals, Magellan developed what we call a Market Credible Search Process, which is aimed at two outcomes:

Enabling clients to control the growth and excellence of their businesses
Talent Acquisition 

Empowering candidates to get control of their careers
Career Compass 

By acting as a trusted advisor to both clients and candidates, we leverage our deep experience to build long-standing relationships and facilitate strategic placements that are persistent.

Proven results

Magellan measures its completion rate based placements per retainer – on average Magellan makes 2.2 placements for every retainer we engage in


Our candidates stay on average 5-7 years, as opposed to the industry standard of 22 months


We have helped generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for our clients through our strategic placements    


We have worked with all of the top 40 consulting firms

Meet the Team

Our passion for excellence and growth encompasses the Magellan culture.

Our clients choose us as partners to help them establish and grow practice areas and geographies, and candidates seek our help to navigate their career opportunities. We are headquartered in Houston, Texas with offices in New York and London.

Jonathan H. Phillips

Jonathan H. Phillips

CEO and Founder
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Marlie Merwin

Marlie Merwin

Consultant
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Mike Cox

Mike Cox

Advisor
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John Furth

John Furth

Advisor
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Carol Limperos

Carol Limperos

Advisor
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Jim Uschkrat

Jim Uschkrat

Advisor
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Jonathan H. Phillips

Jonathan H. Phillips

CEO and Founder

Jonathan founded Magellan International, LP in 1993. He works with many diverse clients in the professional services sector including: General Management Consulting, Turnaround Advisory Services, IT Services Firms and building Consulting Services within operating companies. For these clients he has performed searches in multiple industries, such as: Upstream Oil & Gas, Downstream Energy, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Packaged Goods, High Tech and Retail.

Prior to Magellan, Jonathan worked for Shell Oil Company. During his tenure at Shell Jonathan served in various Engineering, Research & Development, Product Management, and Planning roles. He held positions as a refinery engineer, a research chemist, technical sales professional, a product manager, and a business manager before leaving to build Magellan.

Jonathan is an active member of The Petroleum Club of Houston, The Houston Technology Commission (HTC), The Greater Houston Partnership, and Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). He was previously a member of Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants (HAAPC). In 1998 he was honored as CPC of the year for the state of Texas. He served as President of HAAPC for two years and was a past Vice President of Arbitration for HAAPC, and its Director of Education and Certification for four years. He has also served on the Texas State Board (TAPC).

Jonathan holds a B.S in Chemistry and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys fly fishing, cycling, skiing, and camping. He is a member of the Krewe of Thoth in New Orleans.

Marlie Merwin

Marlie Merwin

Consultant

Marlie is a dynamic consultant with cross-functional expertise in strategic planning and legal analysis. At Magellan, she manages retained search projects for global clients in the oil and gas, resources, and high tech industries. Her project management activities include: building search strategies, conducting independent research, multi-channel candidate sourcing, and managing Executive and Partner level candidates through the hiring process. She is also responsible for business development, marketing, and public relations.

Marlie is also in charge of planning Magellan’s quarterly charity event. Past events have raised thousands of dollars in kind and monetary donations for: Houston Children’s Charity, Texas Children’s Hospital, and local communities effected by Hurricane Harvey.

Prior to Magellan, Marlie worked in Strategic Communications at Rubenstein in New York City where she helped clients think through their most pressing challenges to build, advance, and protect their reputations with authenticity and integrity. She designed integrated campaigns that aligned organizational initiatives, personal activities, and communications with business goals to reflect what clients were trying to achieve.

Marlie holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from the Tulane University School of Law. Marlie an active member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on the Breeders Greeters committee, the New Orleans Krewe of Iris, Urban Green, Flock, Art Crowd, and HMNS Catalysts.

Mike Cox

Mike Cox

Advisor

Mike is a strategic, global human resources leader with a history of sustained superior performance and significant success in driving business strategy and building organizational capabilities across various industries for such premier players as Accenture, Schlumberger and their Fortune 500 clients. He has a record of developing and implementing highly successful initiatives and building trust and strong partnerships with business leaders, peers, teams, and key stakeholders to scale organizations for growth.

Mike has 15 years of experience in management consulting and global HR leadership positions at Accenture and Schlumberger Business Consulting (SBC). Mike has hired hundreds of people for positions ranging from entry level to senior partner roles and has interviewed thousands of candidates in over a dozen countries. He has experience working with many different placement firms and is able to provide coaching and advice across a wide array of career topics. He is an inductive thinker who favors customizing his approach to each situation instead of forcing adherence to a process.

Mike received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.

John Furth

John Furth

Advisor

John specializes in developing and implementing innovative business models, marketing strategies and business development/sales improvement projects, while taking advantage of licensing, alliance and partnership opportunities to help his clients achieve their goals.

John has spent the past 25 years as an external and internal consultant, holding senior positions as the head of strategy groups at Hitachi Consulting, Discovery Communications, Sony Corporation and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He was the President & CEO of the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF) before starting Furth & Associates. In 2015 John became Vistage’s Chair for Brooklyn, a role which allows him to draw on his experience and extensive network to coach and advise CEOs and business owners of NYC-based small and medium-sized companies.

He has spoken at the Harvard Club of New York City, the Waseda Marketing Forum in Tokyo, the National Press Club in Washington D.C., IBM’s Global Innovation Outlook, National Public Radio and in front of various trade groups and has been extensively quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, American Banker, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Industry Standard, etc. John is a regular columnist with New York Daily News and blogs often on topics relating to management, leadership and strategy.

John received his MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at NYU and has a B.A. from Harvard College.

Carol Limperos

Carol Limperos

Advisor

Carol is fluent in the principles of business and leadership, grounded in 25 years of experience. She was a member of senior leadership teams in two public companies, then founded and managed a multi-million-dollar services firm, and now serves as an advisor and coach to senior executives, leadership teams, and organizations. Clients count on Carol for her business knowledge, intellectual honesty, creative thought partnership, and bias toward action.

Carol focuses on working with leaders to execute strategic change. She and her team bring organizational development, change management, planning, and team building experience to organizations. Her clients include the C-suite, managing partners, division leaders, functional heads, and rising stars across all functional areas. Industries served include management consulting, telecommunications, healthcare, technology, transportation, education, food service and distribution, manufacturing, venture-backed start-ups, not-for-profit, recycling, and financial services. Clients include United Healthcare, Hewlett Packard, Sysco, Bell Helicopter, Tenet Healthcare, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Waste Management, Alcatel-Lucent, Silver Ventures, CYMI, and Bar-S Foods.

Carol received an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BS from the University of Texas. She has completed numerous post-graduate leadership, facilitation, and coaching certifications.

Jim Uschkrat

Jim Uschkrat

Advisor

Jim has recently completed a 44 year career in Sales and Marketing with ABB Inc., and now joins our staff of advisors at Magellan International. Jim specializes in mentoring young sales/relationship management professionals who have gone on to successful and lucrative careers in their respective industries. He brings a wealth of real-world experience and insight to enable clients to reach their fullest potential in their chosen career paths.

He began his career with the Westinghouse Power Marketing organization. Initial assignments involved Account Management for sales of equipment, software and services to energy companies, including major operational projects for the power management.

Later ABB Inc purchased the power operations of Westinghouse, and Jim had several assignments in Houston working with major energy companies the past 30 years. Most recently, Jim led the marketing team to win the contract to provide the Smart Grid system operating the Houston metro area. His specialty was to craft long-term Alliance agreements with key clients to enable advanced technology deployment more quickly, beyond that possible in conventional competitive bid-award cycles. In 2016 Jim won the “Speed and Innovation” award for ABB Inc in North America, based on his work leading the marketing team of a Homeland Security project for CenterPoint Energy in the area of grid resilience technology.

Jim received his B.S. in Industrial/General Engineering at Iowa State University. In his free time, Jim volunteers for the Fort Bend Family Promise. He is also an avid cyclist and participates in a number of charity rides including the Tour Gruen, LBJ 30 and others.