Our Philosophy and Approach

Pearson Partners International helps organizations find, develop and retain top talent through retained executive recruitment, assessment and leadership development for Fortune 1000, private equity and emerging businesses.

History

Founded in 2002 by executive search industry veterans Robert Pearson and Keith Pearson, Pearson Partners is ranked among the top 40 executive search firms in the Americas. Our partners personally conduct our searches with extensive, proven expertise to locate and land the leaders you need. Our experience includes a wide range of industries and we’ve developed a reputation for finding the right fit for the toughest-to-fill positions. We focus on CEO, CFO, CIO, COO, Board of Director and succession planning search, and offer expertise across a spectrum of functional roles.

Free from the “off-limits” restrictions imposed on large firms, our seasoned team of search experts offers unparalleled access to leading players across all industries. We also provide comprehensive, customized assessment and coaching services to help measure and develop existing talent and build high-performance management.

Pearson Partners is a member of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), and a member of IIC Partners Worldwide Executive Search, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, with offices in countries.

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Approach

We limit our number of engagements to provide the focused, personal service of a boutique with the experience and reach of a global firm. Our successful results have built our business and grown our loyal following of clients who continue to rely on us for their most critical leadership needs. In fact, more than 70% of our business comes from previous clients, candidates and contacts.We pride ourselves on helping our clients solve business problems, so we actively track industry trends and the state of global talent to provide the most innovative, value-added service to our clients. Our principals frequently author articles on talent acquisition, management and development, and our Spotlight Series Breakfast and HR Roundtable events provide a forum for experts to enlighten our clients on the ever-changing human capital challenges that face organizations.

Based in Dallas, with locations across the country, we are a member of IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations. With offices in countries, we give our clients access to the highest-caliber executive talent around the globe.

In 2017, we were named by Forbes as one of https://www.pearsonpartnersintl.com/blog/forbes-americas-best-executive-recruiting-firms-2017/America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms. We have been ranked among the https://www.pearsonpartnersintl.com/top-40-2014/Top 40 Retained Executive Search Firms in the Americas by Hunt Scanlon.

Philosophy

At the heart of our practice is knowledge. The level of expertise and experience it takes to successfully fill critical positions and develop executive talent requires seasoned experts. That’s why we don’t believe in leveraging work to junior associates—every search and consulting engagement is personally conducted by a partner with one goal in mind: giving you the talent you need to grow and succeed in a competitive marketplace.

Guarantee

We stand behind our searches and are committed to seeing them through to completion, so unlike many retained search firms, our fees are results-driven, not calendar-driven. Most of our clients pay three installments, based on our attainment of specific performance milestones.

 

Client Testimonials

“Renee and Lisa really took the time to seek our input. They both absolutely hit the nail on the head in terms of prioritizing the skills and traits we were looking for. I know that everybody involved in the search saw that as well. I had worked successfully with Renee in the past for executive search and I could see that Pearson obviously delivers a strong consistency in quality.”
Caren Shiozaki, Chairman of the BoardSociety for Information Management (SIM)
"It was imperative to us that senior partners be the ones making the calls to these C-level executives. I like the fact that Keith Pearson and Renee Arrington were the ones doing the search and not passing it off to junior associates."
Ralph Stow, Chairman of the BoardSTI International
“Heather and her team at Pearson Partners made a commitment to understand our firm’s strategy and culture, long before any specific assignment presented itself,” the CEO says. “We were impressed by her commitment to forging and investing in a long-term relationship, in contrast with the more typical transaction orientation of many search firms.”
CEO, Private Equity FirmPrivate Equity Portfolio Company
"Pearson Partners kept to the schedule, which was aggressive. Communications were very direct, and they worked closely with our operating partners throughout the process, which didn't require me to get involved until we were down to four final candidates. The four I interviewed were of solid caliber. The entire process was tremendous; it was honestly as smooth as any hiring process I've ever experienced."
Chip Hornsby, CEOMorrison Supply
"I have known Stephen Konstans for many years and have always respected his high integrity and people-centric approach to recruiting. Stephen’s superior professionalism, dedication and integrity are exceptional in the industry and reflect positively on the entire firm."
Sandy Martin, CAOMatch Group
“When I reached out to Pearson Partners, Renee Arrington and Lisa Thompson were in my office within 48 hours. It was unbelievable. They put my mind at ease about what the process would look like. They were in constant communication with me, and they reached outside the [industry] chess game that other recruiters play, where people are just moved around from one organization to the next. They went beyond the usual suspects to recruit from other strategic areas, such as medicine and academics, which I was excited and surprised to see.”
Jan Edgar Langbein, Chief Executive OfficerGenesis Women's Shelter and Support

Featured Searches

View our featured searches from chief officers and boards of directors to executive leaders in finance, technology and operations.

 

Principals
Savvy, insightful and experienced, our principals possess both the industry expertise and the instincts to find the ideal fit for our clients.
Global Partners
Our global partners allow Pearson Partners International’s clients to seamlessly tap proven retained executive search consultants regardless of geography.
Board of Directors
Pearson Partners International is guided by a board of directors and a board of advisors staffed with renowned, external industry leaders.
Board of Advisors
Pearson Partners is grateful to its advisory board of leading thinkers for their business insight and assistance in making introductions and forging business relationships.
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