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The Good Search

The Good Search is a retained search firm that believes in challenging the status quo. We believe in searching differently. We make search smarter to give you more. Dream candidates. Pricing you can trust. And all the research. We just happen to deliver great leadership hires.

Representative Clients

Fortune 100 technology companies, private equity portfolio companies, and top-tier venture capital startups come to The Good Search for competitive advantage. Our investigative approach uncovers transformative leaders others miss.

We build executive teams for growth-stage and venture-backed companies as well as for private equity turnarounds. When game-changing leaders are hard to find and even harder to recruit, our investigative approach outperforms traditional search firms.

Smart Search. Genius Partner.

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, our investigative approach is light-years beyond that of traditional retained executive firms.

We focus on execution to give you the most accomplished executives the market has to offer for game-changing hires. These are just a few of the reasons The Good Search is counted among the best technology executive search firms in North America.

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

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

Points of Difference

Dream Candidates

We give you candidates you never dreamed existed. Our expert investigative recruiters uncover top-performing candidates others miss. We investigate target companies, identify the teams with ideal candidates, uncover reporting relationships, and map talent to ensure we do not miss your next hire.

Flat Fees

We give you pricing you can trust. Our flat fees banish the conflicts of interest of percentage-based pricing. Tying fees to candidate compensation rewards headhunters who inflate the salaries of executives they place. You shouldn’t have to wonder about a retained search firm’s loyalty.

All the Research

We give you all the candidate research. In fact, we are proud to show you our work. You should never have to wonder what a retained firm is doing for all your money. Better yet, you can use the research to audit our performance and make additional hires at no additional cost. Why settle for less?

The Good Search is a retained executive search firm that recruits board and senior-level executives for venture capital-backed startups, private equity portfolio companies, and the most powerful and successful technology companies in the world.

Executive Search Newbie?

If you are a new executive recruiting buyer, we can help bring you up to speed. The Good Search shares extensive information about the executive search process and helps answer the budgeting question, “What does an executive search cost?”

Contingency or Retained?

If you have an important senior leadership opening to fill, one of the most important decisions you face is whether to do the search in-house or engage a search firm. To engage a search firm, you first must decide what kind of search firm is right for the search.

List of Top Search Firms?

Executive search buyers often struggle to find a shortlist of top executive headhunters. While there are lots of lists on the Internet, we detail the reasons you should be wary of most top executive search firm lists. In fact, it is often best to build your own shortlist.

Technology Executive Search Firm

The Good Search’s technology headhunters recruit top-performing executives for companies with offices in the United States. While we regularly recruit candidates in Canada and have tackled assignments that have taken us into virtually every country around the world, we primarily are focused on the U.S. We conduct retained executive searches for most senior leadership positions including the Chief Executive Officer and the C-level executives who report directly to the CEO.

We also recruit Chief Operating, Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Revenue Officers, Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), Chief Product Officers, Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), and Chief Architects. Additionally, we recruit Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Heads of Engineering. We also deliver Chief Data Officers and Heads of Data Science as well as Chief AI Officers and Heads of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (ML).

Technology Industry Expertise

Moreover, our technology industry expertise enables us to recruit executives across multiple industry sectors including Financial Services, Travel & Hospitality, and Healthcare & Life Sciences. Consequently, we are a technology executive search firm that recruits executives for Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Companies developing live-saving devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

Diversity Recruiting Expertise

In addition to our executive search offering, we also offer services in diversity recruiting and succession bench recruiting. We have deep experience helping global companies boost diversity at the senior executive level. We know what works.

Got Search? Let’s Talk.

Schedule a conversation. We understand we’re not the right firm for every executive search every time but we make it a practice to listen and to try to help, regardless.