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Top 10 Executive Search Firms - 2022

Digital transformation and candidate engagement are playing significant roles in the executive search arena. While companies push for a longer longlist, the candidate pool is becoming smaller based on the initial criteria of recruitment and the state of today’s talent market. As such, successful search firms are diversifying their hiring strategies, searching beyond the realm of specific position histories and targeting people with strong competencies suitable for clients’ goals and requirements.

As the element of having a great network and developing stronger relationships remains crucial, firms are digitalizing their knowledge with intuitive technologies in order to compete at the highest level. At the same time, today’s executive search firms are using social networks to find, attract, and hire executives. Also, social media platforms help companies to expand their network, do a direct search, and seek new possibilities that increase the opportunity for one-on-one engagement with potential candidates and customers. On the other hand, virtual reality (VR) is becoming the best tech enhancement for companies by enabling them to showcase their working environments to encourage the best talent to join their organization.

As such, the technological transitions are helping corporate companies hire the right talent in smarter, unimaginable ways. This edition of Manage HR features firms with expertise in offering state-of-the-art executive search solutions. A distinguished panel comprising CHROs, chief people officer, VP HR, SVP people and the Manage HR editorial board has selected the most promising and emerging executive search firms. The enlisted companies leverage innovative technologies to deliver the tools, resources, and solutions that corporate companies need to up their recruitment game. In order to assist business leaders in identifying the right executive search firms, Manage HR presents to you “Top 10 Executive Search Firms - 2022."

    Top Executive Search Firms

  • A global “boutique” life sciences executive search firm, Cornerstone Search Group helps pharmaceutical, biotechnology, generic and medical device companies with critical talent searches at the C-level, VP-level, and Director-levels. As one of the top firms exclusively focused on life sciences executive search, the company helps biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies hire talent for scientific positions in early development, clinical development, and commercialization. The Cornerstone Search Group team has dedicated practice leaders to lead various divisions such as scientific practice, physician recruitment, health economics and market access, clinical operations, human resources, legal, accounting, and more.

  • DRi


    DRi is a nationally ranked executive search firm committed to helping social enterprise organizations grow, thrive, and excel. The company has collaborated with over 750 non-profits to conduct over 1000 searches and helped them achieve success by developing an innovative and holistic approach to searching and recruiting cutting-edge leaders. The firm is also the only one in the market to employ a dedicated Candidate Stewardship manager to safeguard clients' reputations amongst every candidate, no matter whether they get selected for a position or not.

  • Founded in 2000, HRCap is the largest Asian-American Executive Search & HR Consulting Firm in the United States, providing Total HR Solutions to over 1000 robust clientele ranging from medium-sized businesses to Global Fortune 500 companies across all industries. With over 400 combined years of Recruiting and HR expertise, HRCap excels at identifying and developing top candidates with the essential leadership skills and breakthrough expertise that can drive globalization and transformational change.

  • Peak Sales Recruiting in providing B2B Sales recruiting services for companies that need to quickly and confidently recruit account executives, Sales managers, senior Sales leaders and VPs, or entire Sales teams.

  • Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized talent solutions firm that connects opportunities at great companies with highly skilled job seekers. The company offers contract, temporary and permanent placement solutions and is the parent company of Protiviti®, a global consulting firm. Our executive search practice helps companies build superior leadership teams, including C-suite and VP-level roles, across a wide range of industries and functional areas.

  • SPMB specializes in recruiting C-Level Executives and Board Members to disruptive, growth-oriented startups as well as Fortune 500 companies across technology, media, consumer, financial, health, and renewable industries

  • The Tolan Group (TTG) is a full-service executive search firm recognized for their industry experience and performance driven placement services

  • ThinkingAhead recruits high-caliber candidates for a list of global clients ranging in size from the Fortune 500 to the Inc. 5000. Unique in the marketplace, ThinkingAhead is an employee-owned company with award winning consultants, widely recognized as subject matter experts in their respective specialties including banking, sales, life sciences, nonprofit, IT and gaming, energy, legal and security and physical infrastructure.

  • WILLWAY GLOBAL, LLC is an executive search firm which partners with Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Life Sciences, Healthcare and Natural Product organizations. Our Consultants have been serving best in class organizations for 20 years' within 7 continents worldwide. WILLWAY GLOBAL's talent acquisition reach spans across all Corporate Verticals, R&D, Commercial, Consulting, RPO and Startups ranging from $500 Million to $50 Billion organizations.

  • Ciresi and Morek

    Ciresi and Morek

    A boutique executive search firm that empowers manufacturers to find the right talent for assured and efficient new world operational advancements.

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