The List

The Top 20

1. Boyden

Global – Over 70 Offices Worldwide

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 talent decisions within the context of their global requirements.

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2. Korn Ferry

Corporate Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA
Global – Over 80 Offices Worldwide

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 advantage necessary to recruit and develop world-class leadership teams.

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Corporate Headquarters: Paris, France
Global – Over 55 Office Worldwide

TRANSEARCH was founded in 1982 and has dedicated itself to assisting clients in acquiring leadership talent through outstanding research capabilities and access to a global talent pool, thorough assessment methodology, in-depth reference checking, and critical contribution to completion of the search by facilitating final negotiations.

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4. Egon Zehnder

Corporate Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland
Global – Over 60 Offices Worldwide

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 to ensure outstanding performance and fit.

5. N2Growth

Corporate Headquarters: Wilmington, DE
Global: 6 Offices Worldwide

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 to reckoned with. Where most executive search firms claim to be big, N2growth claims to be better, and their “who’s who” list of clientele proves their claim.

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6. Heidrick & Struggles

Corporate Headquarters: Chicago, IL
Global – Over 75 Offices Worldwide

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.

7. Russell Reynolds

Global – Over 40 Offices Worldwide

Based in 40 offices worldwide, Russell Reynolds’ consultants work closely with public and private organizations to identify, assess, and recruit senior executives and board members to drive long-term growth and success

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8. Spencer Stuart

Corporate Headquarters: Amsterdam, Dublin, and Chicago
Global – Over 50 Offices Worldwide

Spencer Stuart is a global leader in executive search and the adviser of choice to top companies seeking counsel on senior leadership needs. Their clients include leading multinational corporations, medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurial startups, and nonprofit organizations across a variety of industries.

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9. Stanton Chase International

Corporate Headquarters: London, England
Global – Over 70 Offices Worldwide

Since their founding in 1990, Stanton Chase has been committed to building world-class management teams for clients competing in a global market. They strive to provide exceptional leaders and organizational solutions to enhance a client’s competitive advantage through experience, insight, and teamwork.

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10. Bo Le Associates

Corporate Office: Hong Kong
Global – 25 Offices Worldwide

As the largest executive search firm in Asia, Bo Le Associates specializes in handling senior level assignments in a variety of industries. Their focus is to build strong relationships with clients, anchored in a give-and-take approach and unrelenting commitment to prioritizing clients’ interests ahead of anything else.

11. Signium

Corporate Headquarters: Chicago, IL
Global – Over 40 Offices Worldwide

For over 60 years, Signium (formerly Ward Howell International) has earned its reputation as a leader in the global executive search market. Its consultants possess exceptional experience and deploy high-touch expertise and rigorous processes to consistently deliver the highest quality candidates to their clientele.

12. Slayton Search Partners

Corporate Headquarters: Chicago, IL

Founded in 1985, Slayton Search Partners combine the right people, the right structure, the right approach, and the right access to make the executive search process work harder than ever to open more doors of opportunity for their clients. This active, limitless thinking makes them one of the fastest growing search firms in North America.

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13. Witt/Kieffer

Corporate Headquarters: Oakbrook, IL
National – 9 Offices Nationwide

For over 40 years the Witt/Kieffer mission has been to identify outstanding leadership solutions for organizations committed to improving the quality of life. By specializing in health care, education, and not-for-profit industries, Witt/Kieffer has the experience necessary to identify leaders with the best mix of skills, experience, vision, and character to fulfill their missions.

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14. DHR International

Corporate Headquarters: Chicago, IL
Global – Over 50 Offices Worldwide

For over 20 years DHR International’s renowned consultants have specialized in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of their select client base.

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15. CTPartners

Corporate Headquarters: New York, New York
Global – 24 Offices Worldwide

Founded in 1980, CTPartners is a leading performance-driven executive search firm committed to the philosophy of partnering with its clients to provide comprehensive, personalized service. Their focus is straightforward: place the right executive in the chair.

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16. Polachi

Corporate Headquarters: Framingham, MA

Polachi has built its reputation for excellence by applying the highest professional and quality standards to a tailored, customized project approach for each client and assignment. Using proprietary technology, Polachi has the depth and breadth of connections plus unmatched agility to deliver accelerated results.

17. Ridgeway Partners

Corporate Headquarters; Boston, MA
Global – 3 Offices Worldwide

Ridgeway Partners specializes in finding board members, senior team, and functional leaders for their clients. The thoroughness with which they understand their clients, together with the due diligence they undertake, ensures that every appointment has the desired impact for their client.

18. Wyatt Jaffe

Corporate Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN

Wyatt Jaffe is known for engaging high-impact executive talent that the marketplace perceives as unattainable. Founded in 1988, they work with a select list of financial services, high technology, and consumer companies worldwide.

19. John Peebles Associates

Corporate Headquarters: Auckland, New Zealand

As a pre-eminent executive search firm in Australasia, John Peebles Associates’ philosophy of “operational excellence” drives total commitment to clients. By approaching each search with speed and efficiency, they are able to decrease the search timetable without compromising quality standards.

20. RSR Partners

Corporate Headquarters: Greenwich, CT
National – 5 Offices Nationwide

RSR Partners has been on the leading edge of advising CEOS and Boards on C-suite recruiting, succession planning, and talent assessment since its founding in 1993. By leveraging the individual expertise of their team, they’re able to efficiently solve a variety of human capital issues for their clients.

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