David Nagy

Managing Partner

David serves as a Managing Partner in the firm’s Shanghai office. He has resided in Mainland China continuously since 1995 and is fluent in English, French and Mandarin Chinese. David partners with clients to strengthen their leadership teams and accelerate growth in Greater China and across the Asia Pacific.

David Nagy

+86 21 6171 7889


David began his search career in Shanghai in 1998 and has led hundreds of successful searches to recruit China country heads, Asia Pacific regional heads and functional leaders at the Greater China and Asia Pacific levels. He has advised clients across a broad range of sectors, including automotive/mobility, engineered products, industrial technologies, advanced materials/chemicals, and agribusiness and commodities. David has also completed senior level searches in the consumer, life sciences, and advanced technology sectors.

Since joining DHR in 2008, David has served as Managing Partner, Asia Pacific Industrial Practice and as Managing Partner, China overseeing the offices in Shanghai and Beijing. Prior to joining DHR, David was with a leading executive search and leadership advisory firm in Shanghai. He was one of the firm’s first consultants to be based in Mainland China and served stints as their sole China Industrial/Natural Resources recruiter and later, China Automotive Practice Leader. Earlier, David co-founded a Shanghai-based boutique executive search firm and worked with international and China-based organizations to build their China leadership teams. He began his career in recruitment with a leading Asia-based regional executive search firm.

Before entering the executive search profession, David worked with Mundet, a privately-held Toronto-based manufacturer of specialty papers business at their joint-venture in Longyou, Zhejiang. As Manager of Administration, he undertook wide-ranging responsibilities in finance, business development, MIS and sales and marketing.

David has been involved with the Canada China Business Council (previously the Canadian Business Forum in Shanghai), serving on the Board of Directors and one year as President. Deeply engaged with the international business community in Greater China, he has been an invited speaker at events organized by the Canada China Business Council, the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and the British Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.  He has also given presentations to several MBA programs in Shanghai.

David received his B.A. in East Asian studies from McGill University in Montréal and completed a graduate management course in Asia Pacific Management at Capilano College in Vancouver. He speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese, and is fluent in French and English.


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