Managing Director


Patrick Prout is Managing Director with responsibility for the Financial Services practice of Diversified Search. He is also a member of the Industrial/Manufacturing and Corporate Board practices.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, he had launched his own executive search organization, The Prout Group, with responsibility for developing and managing the strategic direction and the daily operations of the firm, as well as providing leadership for the firm’s financial services practice. Additionally, he conducted senior level search assignments in the industrial/ manufacturing, non-profit, corporate board and corporate infrastructure practices.

Pat also served as a partner in the Cleveland office of Heidrick & Struggles. He was a member of that firm’s financial services, diversity, chief financial officer and industrial practices. He also conducted successful searches for clients in the insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications, entertainment and sports fields.

Previously Pat was president and chief operating officer, then vice chairman of Bank One, Cleveland, NA, a $2.5 billion assets affiliate of Banc One Corporation. His career in financial services also included positions with Bank of America in Los Angeles, Rainier Bank in Seattle and Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City. He also held sales and marketing positions with IBM and Miller Brewing Company.


Military Service
Commission in the U.S. Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Captain. Served two tours of duty in combat and was awarded the Bronze Star medal with combat “v”.


Serving as a charter member of the board of Ideastream, a member of the Americas Council of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), as well as an Advisory Board member of the Women in the Boardroom.

Previously served on several non-profit and privately-held small company boards.


B.S. Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy
M.B.A. Harvard University Graduate School of Business