Les Gombik is the managing partner of Caldwell’s Calgary office. With more than 20 years of executive search and human resources experience, Les has a broad perspective on the most pressing talent issues in executive management today. His particular focus is on board and senior executive positions for public companies and equity-backed enterprises within the energy, industrial, retail and financial services sectors.
Prior to joining Caldwell, Les worked for a leading international human resources consulting firm, where he engaged with hundreds of organizations to help them address their employee attraction, retention and engagement issues. Previous to that, Les worked in the financial services sector providing solutions to many of Canada’s largest employers.
Les has a Bachelor of Arts in administrative and commercial studies from Western University and is also their former Calgary Chapter Alumni president. He obtained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
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An active volunteer, Les is a frequent contributor to many of Canada’s most successful associations and charities, including the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and the Loran Foundation of Canada. He is on the board of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and is also a former section chair for the United Way of Calgary. In addition, he is the founder and president of both the BULL Club of Canada and the Board Chair Club of Alberta.
“Les is always well versed on what the client is seeking and very candid on what the role entails. I never feel I’m being sold a bill of goods.” – Ferio Pugliese, Senior Vice President, People and Culture
“We have undertaken more than 10 searches through Caldwell and each has concluded with an exceptional candidate placed each time.” – Steve Sousa, Valard Construction
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