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The Top Executive Search Firms in NYC

List of Top Executive Recruiters in NYC and Best NYC Headhunters

Top NYC Executive Recruiters and Best NYC Headhunters

In the interest of objectivity and putting a little good karma out there, we’ve compiled a list of the top executive search firms in NYC, including our competitors. Of course, we understand that we’re not the right search firm for every search every time. No search firm is.

The Best NYC Headhunters List includes Competitors

That is why our Best NYC Headhunters list includes our competitors. It makes sense for any executive search buyer to develop a short list of retained executive search firms tailored to your company’s needs.

While we cannot personally vouch for the other “top” firms — we’ve never used them because we do executive search ourselves — we can say the executive search firms have solid histories of providing searches in the Greater New York City Area.

Top Executive Search Firms Lists Advice

As you research the best NYC executive search firms for your company, you need to be careful. Some top search firm lists are not what they appear to be, which we detail in What Top Executive Search Firms Lists Can You Trust? From what we’ve been able to determine, at least one list is fake. A search firm created the site and then listed itself in the top 5. Pretty slick, right?

That “dirty data” — a top search firm that really isn’t — appears to have fooled at least one of the more established “best of” lists. The little-known trickster search firm now appears in its Best Executive Recruiting Firms list.

What NYC Executive Search Firms Are Considered the Best?

If you happen to be in the Greater New York City area, the list of search firms below should help give you a good start. We created our list with help from Hunt Scanlon Media’s Top 50 Recruiters and, of course, our personal experience in the industry.

The best NYC executive search firms included in our list conduct senior-level executive searches in the tristate region of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. They reach into New England and recruit for companies in the Northeast, on the East Coast, and across the country.

Consider the Source of Any Top Executive Search Firm List

Consider the source of your top executive search firm list. If there is no source listed on a top search firm website — if there is no website owner, address, or contact information — beware. If there is a source, weigh the potential bias. Next, follow the money. If the top search firm list provider sells products or services to search firms featured in their best search firm list, that’s a conflict. Everyone has a point of view.

We happen to be a retained executive search firm, one that is positioned as an alternative to traditional executive search practices. Since we advocate for smarter search and recruiting practices and make our feelings known (on this blog and elsewhere), we frequently get asked to share our shortlist insights.

Chief executive officers, board members, and venture capitalists all come to us with the same question. “What are the top executive search firms in NYC in the retained search firm industry?” The answer should be what search firms are right for you. The list of best NYC headhunters below features the names of search firms that, like ours, have established track records of success in the business.

Top Executive Search Firms in New York City

(In alphabetical Order)


Acertitude is a NYC executive search firm

Consumer; Financial; Health Care; Industrial; Private Equity; Professional Services; Technology; and Telecommunications Businesses.

Bay Street Advisors

Bay Street Advisers is a NYC executive search firm

Asset Management; Capital Markets; and Corporate and Investment Banking.

Caldwell Partners

Consumer, Retail & e-Commerce; Education, Nonprofit & Government; Financial Services; Industrial; Life Sciences & Healthcare; Private Equity & Venture Capital; Professional Services; and Technology.

Catalyst Advisors

Catalyst Advisors is a NYC executive search firm

Life Sciences.

Diversified Search Group

Diversified Search Group is a NYC executive search firm

Consumer and Retail; Digital Media, Entertainment, and Sports; Education; Energy; Financial Services; Healthcare Services; Industrial; Life Sciences; Nonprofit and Arts & Culture; and Technology.

Egon Zehnder

Consumer; Financial Services; Health; Industrial; Private Equity; Public & Social Sector; Services; and Technology & Communications.

EMA Partners

EMA Partners is a NYC executive search firm

Consumer & Retail; Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Services; Government & Nonprofit; Healthcare & Life Sciences; Industrial & manufacturing; and Technology & Communications.


ForceBrands is a NYC executive search firm

Beverage Industry; Food industry; Beauty Industry; Cannabis Industry; and Pet Care Industry.

Heidrick & Struggles

Consumer Markets; Education, Nonprofit and Social Enterprise; Energy; Financial Services; Healthcare and Life Sciences; Industrial; Private Equity; Professional Services; and Technology.

Herbert Mines

Retail; Digital & Tech; Consumer Products; Hospitality & Leisure; and Private Equity.

Korn Ferry

Consumer; Financial; Industrial; Healthcare; Life Sciences; and Technology.

Odgers Berndtson

Business Services | Professional Services; Consumer | Entertainment | Sport; Education; Financial Services; Healthcare & Life Sciences; Industrial; Public & Not For Profit; and Technology.

Options Group

Capital Markets; Global Markets; Alternative Investments; Hedge Funds; Private Banking & Wealth Management; and Technology.

Russell Reynolds

Business and Professional Services; Consumer; Education; Energy; Financial Services; Healthcare; Industrial; Nonprofit; Private Equity; and Technology.

Sheffield Haworth

Consulting, Technology & Services; Corporate; Financial Services; and Real Assets.

Slayton Search Partners

Consumer; Retail; Financial Services; Insurance; Industrial; and Private Equity.

Solomon Page

Solomon Page is a NYC executive search firm

Clinical Resource Network; Fashion & Beauty; Financial Services; Healthcare & Life Sciences; Hospitality; Media, Education & Publishing; and Specialty Financial Services.

Spencer Stuart

Technology, Media & Telecommunications; Consumer; Financial Services; Industrial; Education, Nonprofit & Government; Private Equity; Healthcare; and Business & Professional Services.

The Good Search (That’s Us)

Analytics; Artificial Intelligence; Computational Biomedicine; Data Science; Hospitality & Leisure; Internet & Retail; Machine Learning; Software; Technology; and Venture Capital & Private Equity.

Consumer; Financial; Tech; Healthcare; IT; and Life Sciences.

ZRG Partners

ZRG Partners is a NYC executive search firm

Consumer; Financial Services; Healthcare; Industrial; Life Sciences; Not-For-Profit & Education; Private Equity; Professional and Technology Services; Sports, Media & Entertainment; and Technology.

NYC Search Firms Infogram Graphic

To see the top NYC Retained Executive Search Firms all in one glance, we’ve created an infographic for your viewing pleasure. We hope you have enjoyed the list of New York Retained Search Firms and invite you to check out our blog posts, and our post on how to build your own list of top executive search firms,

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