#5 Heidrick & Struggles

As one of the first executive search firms in the U.S., Heidrick & Struggles has provided expert executive search services since 1953. Their methods are based on a thorough understanding of each client’s strategic, financial, and operational issues. PRACTICE AREAS Heidrick & ...

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#4 N2Growth

The elite of the executive search boutiques, N2Growth specializes in C-level and Board Member search assignments. Because N2Growth is a leadership development firm working exclusively with Fortune 1000 CEOs and executive teams, it makes their executive search practice a force ...

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#3 Egon Zehnder

Since 1964, Egon Zehnder has been helping clients find the right leadership through the identification, assessment, and recruitment of the world’s most talented business leaders. Because of their long-term outlook, Egon Zehnder consultants follow up with candidates and clients regularly ...

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#2 Boyden

Founded in 1946, Boyden pioneered the use of executive search, strategically partnering with clients to identify, search, source, recruit, and deliver key leadership talent and human capital all over the world.  Their international reach enables their clients to make strategic ...

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#1 Korn Ferry International

As an innovator in executive search/recruitment since 1969, Korn Ferry works closely with clients and candidates to craft successful human capital strategies and solutions.  With a global network, time-proven search process, and broad industry expertise, Korn Ferry provides the competitive ...

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