Andrew “Andy” Towne
CEO & Founding Partner
Andrew “Andy” Towne is the Co-Founder & CEO of Hobbs & Towne, Inc. (“HTI”) and pioneered sustainability-focused executive search, building the top firm in the category since 1997. HTI is a boutique advisory services firm, which includes talent, leadership assessment, interim management and M&A advisory, with 12 Partners, 4 Operating Partners and a team of 40 spread across offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto, Philadelphia and London. Andy specializes broadly across sustainability, cleantech and climatetech, with an emphasis on Agriculture, Aquaculture, Energy, Food Science, Fund Management, IOT and Mobility. Andy has helped build some of the most exciting and innovative companies in sustainability, including Impossible Foods, Apeel Sciences, Eat Just, Taxon BioSciences, Open Blue and Vertiv, as well as emerging companies, such as Good Catch, Loliware and Ripple Foods.
Andy has personally completed over 500 executive searches, including over 150 of the firm’s 300+ CEO searches. He has partnered with many of the premier investors around the world to build top-tier investment teams and leadership teams for transformative companies. Andy is the visionary leader of the firm, and personally performs Investment Professional searches and key leadership searches for companies, including CEO, Chairman, Board Director and other C-level assignments roles. Andy has developed a massive network with the most impactful investors, innovative technologists and market-changing executives, both within and on the periphery of the sectors. Andy drives a collaborative and aggressive execution process, where he is personally involved and utilizes his network throughout, to ensure a successful result.
Prior to Hobbs & Towne, Andy served in the front office for the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball Club. Andy earned a BS from Rutgers University, where he received a full athletic and academic scholarship to play football for the Scarlet Knights. He and his wife, Shawn, have three children, Jessica, Andrew and Sophie. Andy sits on the Board of Trustees for Germantown Academy preparatory school and is a Board Observer for High Beauty in Santa Rosa, CA.