Top Executive Search Firms List: How to Build Your Own
A short list of the top executive search firms is readily available in the minds of most CEOs, Chief People Officers, Heads of Talent Acquisition. But what’s a company to do if the search firms on that short list start to come up short? What is a C-Level executive with an important opening to do if her current retained search firms are not delivering the value she needs? What if the search firms a board member knows are great at some searches, but not all?
Well, you used to be able to pull up The Directory of Executive of Professional and Executive recruiters published by Kennedy Information. That directory detailed the kind of search firm (retained or contingency) and the firms’ specialties, Yet it is no longer being published.
The reason we thought we’d put together a list of the top executive search firms because the lists on the Internet are pretty haphazard. In fact, at least one of the sites appeared to be bogus. TopExecutiveSearchFirms.com was created by a search firm that then inserted itself into the fake list of Top Executive Search Firms that the website made up. We’d been tracking this website for some time until ultimately we decided to contact the firm’s CEO and ask for a quote for a blog post on the phony site. Shortly thereafter, the site was taken down. (You can still find it in the Internet Archive.) This is just one pretty stark reminder that you cannot trust everything you read, especially stuff you come across on the Internet these days, alt-facts and one. One must always consider the source, and if that source is murky, be especially cautious.
In other words, as a best practice, it is always good to assemble your own list of Top Executive Search firms. To assist in that effort, we have a few suggestions.