Top Executive Search Firms in NYC

In the interest of objectivity and putting a little good karma out there, below is a list of the top executive search firms in NYC, one that includes our competitors. We understand that we’re not the right search firm for every search every time. No search firm is. That is why it makes sense for any search buyer to develop a short list of search firms tailored to your company. But as you do your research, you need to be careful. Some top search firm lists are not what they seem. From what we’ve been able to determine, at least one is a fake top executive search firms website created by one of the search firms listed in the bogus Top 20.  That “dirty data” — a top search firm that really isn’t considered among the best — appears to have fooled at least one of the more established “best of” lists to include that little-know trickster search firm in its Best Executive Recruiting Firms list. If you happen to be in the Greater New York City area, the list of 30 search firms below should help give you a good start. These firms conduct senior-level executive search in the tristate region of Connecticut,  New Jersey, and New York and the Northeast.  While everyone has their favorites, these executive search firms have solid histories of providing searches in New England.

How to Find a Top Executive Search Firm List You Can Trust

Consider the source. 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. 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 short list 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?”  

Leading NYC Search Firms

(In alphabetical order)

Battalia Winston

Consumer and Retail; Diversity and Inclusion; Family Business; Financial Services; Healthcare; Industrial and Manufacturing; Life Sciences; and Nonprofits and Associations.

Bishop Partners

Cable Television; Broadcasting; Publishing; Entertainment; Telecommunications; Wireless; Digital; Internet; and Broadband.


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

Caldwell Partners

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

Chadick Advisors

Financial Services; Transition Advisory; and Diversity & Inclusion.


Consumer; Enterprise; and Healthcare.

DHR International

Consumer & Retail; Financial Services; Industrial; Life Science and Healthcare; Media & Entertainment; and Education & Nonprofit.

DRG Search


Egon Zehnder

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



Accounting & Finance; Creative & Digital; Engineering; Financial Services, Healthcare; Information Technology; Life Sciences; and Nonprofit.

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

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



Heyman Associates

Communications and Public Affairs.

Koller Search Partners

Digital; Technology; Media; Information/Data; and Advertising.

Korn Ferry

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

Madison Search Partners

Digital Media; Enterprise Software, Consumer; and Venture Capital/Private Equity.

Odgers Berndtson

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

Russell Reynolds

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

Slayton Search Partners

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

Spencer Stuart

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


Media & Content; Information & Data Services; Technology & Digital Acceleration; Sports; Sporting Goods & Fashion; and Esports.

Stanton Chase

Consumer Products and Services; Financial Services; Government, Education and Non-Profit; Industrial; Life Sciences and Healthcare;  Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation; Natural Resources and Energy; Professional Services; Technology; and Private Equity & Family Office.

Stephen-Bradford Search

Advertising / Media / Data / Technology; Retail / Beauty / Luxury / Style; Market Research / Analytics; Nonprofit / Education; Media / Publishing; and Marketing / Shopper / Experiential.

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.


Board Services; Business & Professional Services; Construction, Design & Real Estate; Consumer & Retail; Energy, Utilities & Mining; Financial Services; Government, Education & Non-Profit; Industry; Life Sciences; Renewable Energy / Clean Technology; amd Technology, Communication & Media.

True Search

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

WTW Associates

Media, Entertainment & Technology; and Law Firm & Professional Services.

For more information, check out our post on how to build your own list of top executive search firms.

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