Our Team

Executive Headhunters

We are retained executive search partners who give you more.  We offer additional expertise that makes us unstoppable. We know how to harness the power of information to make executive search smarter. Intelligent recruiting has its advantages: it changes the game.

Krista Bradford

Krista Bradford

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Krista Bradford is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Good Search in the Greater New York City Area. Ms. Bradford has successfully recruited board, senior executive and technology luminaries to clients that range from startups backed by top-tier venture capital firms to Fortune 100 corporations counted among the most powerful and successful media and technology companies in the world.  Ms. Bradford also leads our recruiting research practice Intellerati. Her executive search blog is counted among the Top 100 Recruting Blogs in the industry by Feedspot.

Before founding  The Good Search in 1999, Ms. Bradford served as a three-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and television journalist. She has held positions with WNBC and WWOR in New York as well as with stations in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She is a former national news correspondent for “The Reporters” on the Fox Television Network and a senior correspondent Tribune’s nationally syndicated “Now It Can Be Told” series.

In her spare time, Ms. Bradford enjoys investigating abuses of power. One such investigation into D&B Credibility led to Ms. Bradford being featured in a series of reports in the Wall Street Journal. She also founded Westporters Helping Westporters, a group designed to help downsized executives that was featured in the local news. Ms. Bradford lives in Westport, Connecticut with husband Crispin Cioe, a world-class saxophonist, composer, and founder of the band Cracked Ice. Her daughter Katharine Cioe is a medical student at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

Our Secret Sauce? Investigative Recruiters

Our work is not conducted by your average recruiters. Average executive recruiters cannot do what we do.

It is conducted by expert investigative researchers who developed their research expertise as award-winning investigative reporters, computational journalists, and data nerds. In other words, our team of executive headhunters has ways . . .


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