Leslie McKeand — Bio

Leslie McKeand
Vice President of Operations
Based in Houston, Leslie McKeand is the Vice President of Operations of Allen Austin/Gaines International.  Leslie is a part of the Allen Austin/Gaines International leadership team and leads the firm’s execution and research teams, supporting our partners to ensure effective, timely, and outstanding search and leadership advisory strategy and execution.


With an executive search career that began over 15 years ago, Leslie brings a diverse range of industries and roles to the organization.  Leslie has conducted searches for C-Suite, Vice President, and other senior management roles across a broad range of industries including, but not limited to, energy, legal, healthcare, architecture, engineering, construction and industrial services.


In addition to her experience in executive search, Leslie held a long-term consulting role with BP for recruiting top talent as well as recruiting and operations for a small, private law firm.  In various roles, she has led strategic change management initiatives to operations to ensure efficiencies and client satisfaction.  She has extensive experience in communications, business development, key stakeholder relations, customer service, and management.


Prior to launching her executive search career, Leslie held management roles in a global contingency search firm, a boutique construction firm, and managed multi-unit restaurants.  Having worked across the oil & gas spectrum with clients in super majors, independent operators, national operators, EPCs, oilfield service companies, midstream, EPC/M, manufacturing and private equity backed companies as well as small, medium, and large hospitals, healthcare, architecture, engineering, & construction organizations, and law firms, Leslie prides herself on understanding the challenges her clients are facing while delivering outstanding service.  Her diverse background has garnered her the ability to view operations from a global view to identify challenges and opportunities to improve while continually moving the ball forward.


Leslie studied business at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and enjoys various volunteer opportunities including Shield Bearer and National Charity League with her daughter and spending time with her family.