Andrew “Andy” Towne
CEO & Founding Partner
Andrew “Andy” Towne is the Co-Founder & CEO of Hobbs & Towne, Inc. (“HTI”) and pioneered ESG and sustainability-focused executive search, building the top firm in the CleanTech and ClimateTech category since 1997. HTI is a boutique advisory services firm, which includes talent, deal sourcing, leadership assessment, interim management and M&A advisory, with 15 Partners, 5 Operating Partners and a team of 40 spread across offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto, Philadelphia and London. Andy specializes in working with transformational, growth companies, with an emphasis on Mobility, Energy, Food, Agriculture and Water. Andy has helped build some of the most exciting and innovative companies in sustainability, including Impossible Foods, Proterra, Sunlight Financial, Shoals Technologies, Array Technologies, Apeel Sciences, Eat Just, Taxon BioSciences, Open Blue, Gevo, USHR, XL Fleet, STEM, Enphase, EnerNOC, Comverge and Vertiv, as well as emerging companies, such as SOURCE Global, Good Catch Foods, Smart Wires, NUGGS, FlexGen, SemaConnect and Cervest.
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, including the likes of Breakthrough Energy Partners, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Oaktree Capital and Platinum Equity, to build top-tier investment teams and leadership teams for transformative companies. Having executed many of the most critical mandates in ESG, Andy has developed a massive network with the most impactful investors, innovative technologists and successful, market-changing executives.
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 sat on the Board of Trustees for Germantown Academy preparatory school and is a Board Observer for High Beauty in Santa Rosa, CA.