Retained Executive Search

No one knows retained search better than Pearson Partners. We have one of the highest job-fill rates in the industry and commit to successfully completing every search. We’ve earned our reputation by securing top talent and building strong management teams.

We are free from many of the off-limits restrictions imposed on large search firms, so you’ll get full access to the finest talent available anywhere. We’ll pre-screen every candidate, conducting 360-degree evaluations offering our insight on who will perform best in your unique environment.

We have the business savvy, discretion and confidentiality to reach the top executives. Renowned for our hands-on approach to filling critical management roles, we are driven by an urgency and commitment to excellence that our clients have come to expect.

Testimonials:

“We couldn't be happier. Pearson Partners was very responsive. I am one of the most critical people you’ll find, but they were truly a pleasure to work with. We found them to be very good partners and would enjoy...
Pat Barth, SVPLone Star Steakhouse
“The Pearson team was extremely responsive. They worked hard to understand what we needed in our HR department. Heather and Lisa were always available and responsive, and they provided top candidates. They took the time to understand our needs...
C. Jedson Nau, SVP & General CounselThe Rosewood Corporation
"Pearson Partners understands the private equity business very well, and the cultural attributes that go hand-in-hand with that. They were in tune with our need for this person to both fit internally and interact positively with our portfolio companies....
Christopher Ray, Sr Mng PartnerNatural Gas Partners
"The search was an eye-opener for me. Before I engaged Pearson Partners, I had rarely seen someone with the combination of innovation, credentials and education that we were seeking.”
Mark Haney, SVPWellStar Health System
"Pearson Partners has very strong connections in the marketplace, providing personal networking with individuals that forge relationships with people who are transitioning, and I think that's extremely positive."
Rhonda MacAndrew, SVP HRGreyhound
"Pearson Partners was very effective at giving us the best of the best. They gave us good insight into the candidates they presented to us, and we had conversations about them so that we didn't have to interview 20...
Chris Burt, SVP HRLSG Sky Chefs
"The best part of the partnership, for me as a business leader, is that Pearson Partners takes the time to understand our business goals, not just what we are trying to accomplish relative to recruitment needs."
Marvin Riley, PresidentFairbanks Morse Engine
“Pearson Partners did an excellent job, and I would use them again,” Wallander says. “They were a pleasure to work with and a great partner to me, and made it easy to focus on my business responsibilities while ensuring...
Angie Wallander, EVP & CAOReddy Ice
"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
"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...
Ralph Stow, Chairman of the BoardSTI International
"The search was flawless. There was a lot of pressure, timing was of the essence, and we had to find the absolute best candidate. I am a huge fan of Pearson Partners. They exceeded my expectations."
Anita Vanderveer, VP PeopleSonic Corporation
“Pearson Partners was incredibly well prepared for our initial meetings,” said Bowe. “The work they did even before they had the search showed us how hard they would work right out of the gate to find our new CEO....
David Bowe, Board MemberDallas Lighthouse for the Blind
"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....
Chip Hornsby, CEOMorrison Supply
“Stephen was responsive and focused. He clearly took the search personally; he was more than just ‘doing the job.’ He gave me advice, kept me up to date and guided me through the search.
Gary Swidler, CFOMatch Group
"I realized I should probably start thinking about a potential career change. I had been friends with Stephen Konstans at Pearson Partners for many years, and an occasional source on his search projects. I met with him to...
Mark Layton, COOVideoPlus
“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...
CEO, Private Equity FirmPrivate Equity Portfolio Company
“We expected a diverse group of candidates, and that they be totally and thoroughly screened, and they were,” Hawkins says. “It was very clear that Pearson Partners spent a lot of time and effort with each candidate, because the...
Diane Hawkins, Sr Director People & PerformanceMeeting Professionals International
We are committed to finding the best fit for your company and your team. When you work with us, you can expect personal attention during every phase of the search process, with one direct point of contact from start to finish. We’ll conduct exploratory calls or visit your facilities to understand not just the job you want to fill, but your industry, your business and your corporate culture.

We exclusively perform retained executive search. Although similar in nature to contingent search, there are many important differences. Learn more. We are a member of the prestigious Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), whose members are guided by a strict code of ethics.

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