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Krista Bradford CEO of the Good Search retained executive search firm for technology recruiting by photographer Joe Buglewicz WSJ

Founded by Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Krista Bradford, we take an investigative approach to executive recruitment. Our proprietary technology — powered by generative AI — speeds results to get you game-changing hires as soon as possible. On average, we present the candidate who is ultimately hired within 10 business days. We focus on execution to give you the market’s most accomplished executives.

Representative Clients

Fortune 100 technology companies, private equity portfolio companies, top-tier venture capital startups, and nonprofit organizations come to The Good Search for competitive advantage. Our investigative approach to headhunting uncovers transformative leaders others miss. Increasingly, top-performing technologists want to do work aimed at making a difference in the world. When game-changing CTOs, CIOs, CISOs, and Heads of Engineering are hard to find and even harder to recruit, our investigative approach outperforms traditional headhunting firms. Like the clients we serve, we leverage generative AI to maximize results.

Scott Clements CEO OneSpan

Krista and her team were able to connect us with a list of highly relevant and appropriately qualified candidates for challenging technical leadership roles.

Scott Clements

CEO. OneSpan

Photo of Lisa Geller, Geller Consulting Group

I have worked with dozens of talent acquisition and executive search professionals over the years and Krista is head and shoulders above the crowd.

Lisa Geller

Geller Consulting Group

New to Executive Recruiting?

If you have an important executive search or are seeking a search firm for the first time, “The Definitive Guide to Executive Recruiting Firms and Pricing” details virtually everything you need to know about the executive recruitment process and pricing. Learn what investment is required to retain an executive headhunting firm.

Contingency or Retained?

Before you engage an executive headhunter, you must first decide what kind of recruitment firm is right for you: contingency or retained executive search. For important searches for C-level, senior-level executives, if the base salary exceeds $300 thousand, there is but one kind of search firm that specializes in senior executive engagements.

Top Retained Headhunters?

If you’re seeking a shortlist of top executive recruitment firms, check out our investigation into the leading lists of top executive recruiting companies on the Internet. We provide numerous examples detailing why you should be wary of most top retained recruitment firm lists and why building your own shortlist of preferred retained search partners is ideal.

Industries We Serve

Our technology industry expertise enables us to recruit executives across multiple sectors including Financial Services, Travel & Hospitality, and Healthcare & Life Sciences. Consequently, we recruit executives for Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Companies developing live-saving devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

Our Capabilities

In addition to executive search services, our investigative approach to headhunting is ideally suited for diversity, equity, and inclusion recruiting and succession bench recruiting. Enhancing the long list helps ensure equal opportunity. That’s just one of the ways we enable Fortune 500 and employers-of-choice to boost diversity at the senior executive level.

National Headhunters

The Good Search headhunters recruit top-performing executives for companies with offices in the United States. We conduct retained executive recruiting for senior leadership positions in the Greater New York City Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York); Greater Boston (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island); Greater Washington DC (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia); Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina), Greater Chicago, Greater Denver, Greater Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley), Portland, and Greater Seattle.

Additionally, we are experts in recruiting senior technologists: Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), Chief AI Officers (CAIOs), Chief Data Officers (CDOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), and Chief Digital Officers. Additionally, we recruit Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Heads of Engineering, Heads of Data Science, and Heads of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (ML).

Got Search? Let’s Talk.

No executive search firm is right for every search every time. But we make it a practice to listen and to try to help, regardless.