Ad Age's Guide to Marketing Recruiters

A Regularly Updated List of Executive-Search Firms in the Industry

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We've updated our comprehensive list of recruiting firms, a useful guide for job seekers and hiring organizations alike.

24 SEVEN
Multiple US locations, London, Toronto
24seveninc.com
ABOUT:

As a strategic resource for talent management, 24 Seven helps creatively-driven global brands identify, recruit and secure game changing talent.  Its approach combines global reach, industry expertise and market intelligence to deliver top performers that advance the unique business goals of their clients.

24 Seven is a go-to talent source supporting the world's top teams in Fashion, Retail, Marketing, Advertising, Interactive/Digital, E-commerce, Design, Beauty, Events and Sports/Lifestyle. Its strategic recruiting professionals have either personally worked in or recruited exclusively for the industry practice they serve. Their hands-on experience makes them experts at matching candidates to clients.

KEY CONTACTS:

Celeste Gudas, CEO & Founder, 212-966-4426

Anthony Donnarumma, COO, 212-966-4426

Deborah Cristal, EVP of Operations, Marketing, Interactive/Digital and Creative, West Coast, 213-412-2260

Brenda B. Wiley, Sr. Manager, Business Development, Marketing, Interactive/Digital and Creative, New York, 212-966-4426

Elle Wells, Director, Marketing, Interactive/Digital and Creative, Chicago, 312-428-3106

Angela Leung, Marketing, Interactive/Digital and Creative Recruiting, London, +44 20-7534-9960

AC LION
New York
aclion.com
ABOUT:

AC Lion provides nation-wide staffing in major media markets, with a focus on providing online sales, marketing, media, advertising technologies, publishers and agencies with highly qualified, executive talent. The company specializes in mid to senior level roles in marketing (including product, branding, SEM and social media) and sales.

Since opening in 1996, the firm has negotiated over $90 million in compensation and has relationships with over 150,000 media professionals. Clients have included Apple , Microsoft , Facebook, Google, JWT and Living Social and currently range from 24 100s to emerging media start-ups. 95% of the clients are repeat customers. In 2011, AC Lion expanded its staff to meet growing demand and opened an office in the Bay Area.

KEY CONTACTS:

Michael Adler, managing partner, 212-268-4083, mike@aclion.com

Josh Marmer, VP, 646-747-0022, josh@aclion.com

Dana Lupton, director, West Coast, 310-372-1585, dana@aclion.com

Bonnie Zaben, COO, 212-268-2945, bonnie@aclion.com

ACTEON
Troy, Mich.
acteonsearch.com
ABOUT:
Acteon Search, part of the boutique staffing services firm Venator Holdings LLC, expanded its reach to include marketing and advertising in 2008. With an emphasis on securing multicultural talent in the areas of senior management, account planning, account management, and digital strategy, Acteon Search provides contingent and retained services to agencies nationwide, with some international assignments. Specializing in digital and emerging technologies, Acteon Partners' Information Technology Division provides contract, consulting, and direct senior technical resources.
KEY CONTACTS:
Melanie Stern, sr. executive recruiter, 248-498-5072, mstern@acteonnet.com

Marc White, director, IT, 248-498-5075, mwhite@acteonnet.com

Cedric Corera, founder-CEO, 248-498-5041, cedric@venatornet.com

AD+ONE
Westchester, Ill.
www.adonetostaff.com
ABOUT:
This Chicago-area firm specializes in nationwide advertising and public relations placements. A division of executive search company CPS, Ad+One is focused on making placements at agencies ranging from boutique shops to larger network agencies like BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather, DDB and Leo Burnett. Executives focus on making placements in advertising account management, account planning, media and public relations, with specialties in areas such as multicultural/Hispanic and digital. Clients in the Hispanic market have included Grupo Gallegos, Latinworks, The Vidal Partnership and Dieste, among others.
KEY CONTACTS:
David Schueneman,senior partner-division manager, 708-836-0382 ext. 214, davids@adonetostaff.com

Sherri Bedster,senior advertising market specialist, 708-836-0382 ext. 117, sherri@adonetostaff.com

Advertising Recruitment Specialists
New Jersey and California
ABOUT:
Advertising Recruitment Specialists is an executive search firm with more than fourteen years of experience recruiting for advertising, marketing and public relations agencies nationwide. Owners Kathy Nomura and Debbie Strobel work with all types of agencies – traditional, digital, direct marketing, promotions and event marketing – and specialize in recruiting for mid to senior level positions in account services, creative, media and production.

KEY CONTACTS:
Kathy Nomura, owner/recruiter, 714-775-3910, kathy@adrecruiters.com

Debbie Strobel, owner/recruiter, 201-652-8062, debbie@adrecruiters.com

ALLEN ASSOCIATES
ABOUT:
For two decades, Allen Associates has been placing senior-level executives, including chief marketing officers, at consumer and business-to-business companies. It also conducts CEO and senior marketing searches on behalf of major private equity firms. Each year the firm caps the number of assignments it accepts at about 40. Nearly 700 senior executive and board director searches have been conducted since its founding.
KEY CONTACT:
Michael Allen, founding principal, 513-563-3040, mallen@allensearch.com
ALPERT
ABOUT:
Ada Alpert began recruiting strategic planners just as some of the more progressive American advertising firms were starting to adopt the British account planning model. Later, she launched her own firm, focusing exclusively on placing strategic planners and brand strategists at advertising and digital agencies, media firms and brand consulting groups. Clients have included Anomaly , Droga5, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, BETC-Euro-RSCG' class='directory_entry' title='Ad Age LookBook'>Euro RSCG and R/GA.
KEY CONTACT:
Ada Alpert, president, 212-297-9009, ada@alpertsearch.com
ANN BROWN COMPANY
ABOUT:
Since 2007 Ann Brown and her team have focused primarily on placing senior-level talent in U.S.-based positions, though occasionally placements are made in Europe. Creative-talent recruitment, as well as account management and account planning, are handled 36 the firm. Ms. Brown has a background working at agencies, including FCB, JWT, Element79, and EuroRSCG.
KEY CONTACT:
Ann Brown, founder, 312-813-2700, ann@annbrownco.com
ANNE H. ROSS
Chicago
annehross.com
ABOUT:
Serves both the agency and client side, making placements, though not in brand-management roles. Also recruits account-planning, client-services, strategic-communications and media positions, as well as the occasional general manager, CFO or COO, if the requirement is that they hail from the advertising industry. Ms. Ross spent time in account management at Leo Burnett and DDB Chicago before launching her own firm 25 years ago.
KEY CONTACT:
Anne Ross, founder, 773-525-7879, aross@annehross.com
Berhart Associates
Owatonna, MN
bernhart.com

ABOUT:
Bernhart Associates Executive Search is run 36 Jerry Bernhart, a veteran recruiter in digital and direct marketing. Since 1990, Mr. Bernhart has focused on multichannel direct marketing, digital marketing and ecommerce, CRM, quantitative analytics and sales/business development. He does as much BtoB as he does BtoC. Mr. Bernhart has first-hand experience as an online marketer being the founder of directmarketingcareers.com in 1996, which at the time was one of the first online marketing job sites, and he is widely recognized as one of the first recruiters to enter CRM in the early 1990's.

He also conducts a very popular and widely followed survey that tracks hiring and employment trends in digital and direct marketing. His clients range from 24 500's to start ups. He is a prolific writer on topics related to employment and talent management in ecommerce and digital marketing, and he is among a select number of recruiters who has gained membership in The Pinnacle Society, an organization of the top achieving executive search firms in the United States.

KEY CONTACTS:
Jerry Bernhart, Principal, 507-451-4270, jerry@bernhart.com

BISHOP PARTNERS
ABOUT:
Bob Bishop founded Bishop Partners in 2001, after owning a commercial photography business and holding several executive roles at Group360. Bishop Partners serves the advertising, marketing and corporate communications industries, placing people in positions such as account or creative director, art director, marketing manager, senior copywriter and agency executive positions. The firm works with agencies, marketers, graphic design firms and sales-promotion companies.
KEY CONTACT:
Bob Bishop, president, 314-863-7755, bob@bishop-partners.com
BOYDEN
Hawthorne, N.Y.
boyden.com
ABOUT:
Founded in 1946, Boyden is one of the big guns in retained search, counting 79 offices in 43 countries. Executives handle searches 36 practice area and functional expertise, as well as assist with board services, succession planning and consulting.
KEY CONTACTS:
Doug Ehrenkranz, managing director, 713-655-0123, dehrenkranz@boyden.com.

Trina Gordon, chairman-managing director, 312-565-1300, tgordon@boyden.com. Howard Gross, managing director, 212-949-9400, hgross@boyden.com.

Anne Raphael, senior VP-partner, 33-1-44-136700, anne.raphael@boyden.fr.

CHEYENNE GROUP
ABOUT:
This boutique firm specializes in media, entertainment, marketing and marketing services, working with clients, agencies and media companies on C-level placements. It has partners in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Most recently, the firm placed David Kieselstein as the CEO of Penton Media as well as Steve Weitzner as CEO of Summit Business Media.
KEY CONTACT:
Pat Mastandrea, founding partner-CEO, 212-471-5001, pm@cheyennegroup.com
CRESCERE EXECUTIVE SEARCH
ABOUT:
Crescere Executive Search focuses on National placement of Consumer Product (CPG) Marketing and Sales talent. It takes on both retained and contingent work focusing on brand, shopper marketing, trade marketing, and national accounts. It has 10+ years industry experience placing CMO to Manager level candidates with clients ranging from 24 50 to start-ups.

KEY CONTACTS:
Michael McGowan, President, 206-651-5019, michael@crescererecruiting.com

DCAPROSEARCH
ABOUT:
Established in 1995, DCAProSearch is an Executive Search Firm specializing in the placement of strong branded leading industry professionals with expertise in Hispanic Advertising and Marketing. It works with top Hispanic and General Market advertising agencies that are looking for highly qualified advertising talent in all departments of the Hispanic Advertising fields including: account services, creative, media, strategic planning, public relations, research, promotions/shopper marketing and direct marketing/digital. It also places at the President and CEO levels. In addition to agency searches, DCAProSearch conducts searches for specialists in the area of Hispanic Marketing within the corporate client world from Associate Marketing Manager all the way to Chief Marketing Officer.
KEY CONTACTS:

Doris Aguirre, Principal/Recruiter, 214-626-0149, doris@dcaprosearch.com

Edna Barone, Researcher/Recruiter, 214-550-0152, edna@dcaprosearch.com

DIVERSIFIED SEARCH ODGERS BERNDTSON
Philadelphia
diversifiedsearch.com
ABOUT:
Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson is the U.S. partner of Odgers Berndtson Group. Despite the recession, the group has fared well. In the U.S., it has seen double-digit sales growth, and it took advantage of its cash position to make acquisitions, growing from three offices to seven. The firm now operates in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Washington. Judith von Seldeneck, chairman-CEO, founded Diversified 35 years ago, in an effort to place more women and diverse candidates in executive-level positions. That remains a key focus for the firm today.
KEY CONTACTS:
Judith von Seldeneck, chairman-CEO, 215-732-6666, jvonseld@divsearch.com.

Tracy Murdoch O' Such, managing partner, 212-542-2575, tracy.osuch@divsearch.com.

DREXLER GELLER ASSOCIATES
New York
dgasearch.com
ABOUT:
Upon retiring from his post as CEO of Optimedia U.S., Mike Drexler determined he shouldn't let his more than 40 years in the industry go to waste. So Mr. Drexler teamed up with Rochelle Geller, a long-time human resources executive, to launch Drexler Geller Associates in 2006. Between the two of them, they have logged time at a variety of well-known companies, ranging from Foote, Cone & Belding and Ogilvy & Mather to Viacom and Ralph Lauren. The firm places senior-level positions at media and advertising agencies, media companies, digital companies and consumer companies.
KEY CONTACTS:
Mike Drexler, founder-principal, 212-967-1737, mike@dgasearch.com

Rochelle Geller, founder-principal, 212-967-1737, rochelle@dgasearch.com

EGON ZEHNDER INTERNATIONAL
ABOUT:
Founded in 1964, the firm has some 375 consultants, operating from 63 offices in 37 countries. The firm focuses on placing C-level executives on both the agency and client side. Areas of specialization include financial services, consumer, technology and communications, and industrial, among other areas.
KEY CONTACT:
Dick Patton, leader-chief marketing officer practice, 617-535-3500, dick.patton@ezi.net
EXECUTIVE CONNECTIONS
Salisbury, Conn.
executiveconnectionsllc.com
ABOUT:
The firm focuses on talent acquisition and development, including executive search, executive coaching and business consulting. It provides a "blended solutions" service 36 facilitating one-on-one transition coaching support for its clients during the first six months of placement.
KEY CONTACTS:
Jeff Gundersen, CEO, 941-323-8300, jgundersen@executiveconnectionsllc.com

Leslie Quinones, information officer, 406-493-6024, lquinones@executiveconnectionsllc.com

THE EXECUTIVE SEARCH GROUP
ABOUT:
The Executive Search Group specializes in retained executive recruiting and contingency search services through search strategy consultation, hiring conditions analysis, interview process management and other methods. It focuses primarily on client placement in online media positions.
KEY CONTACTS:
Tim McIntyre, CEO, 860-652-8000, tim@mysearchgroup.com

Rebekah Donaldson, director communications, 530-231-5397, ask@b2bcommunications.com

GILBERT & CO.
ABOUT:
In business for nearly four decades, Gilbert and Co. focuses on executive recruitment for senior positions in areas including agency general management, digital strategy, account planning, engagement planning and new business, as well as positions on the client side. The firm has also placed the last three presidents at the AAAA. Together, the three partners at the firm count JWT, Hill Holliday, Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather and McCann Erickson among their former employers.

KEY CONTACTS:
Don Gilbert, founder, 212-838-1016 gilbert@gilbertcompany.com

GREENBERG KIRSHENBAUM
ABOUT:
The company places primarily creatives, as well as account and planning placements in both permanent and freelance positions. It works with agencies and new media companies, both domestically and internationally.
KEY CONTACTS:
Lori Greenberg, owner, 212-463-0020, lori@greenbergkirshenbaum.com.

Susan Kirshenbaum, 212-463-0020, susan@greenbergkirshenbaum.com.

Nancy Temkin, owner, 212-463-0020, nancy@greenbergkirshenbaum.com.

Greenwich Harbor Partners
ABOUT:
Greenwich Harbor Partners specializes in senior level executive recruiting with a major emphasis on marketing assignments including Chief Marketing Officer, Advertising, Direct Marketing and Loyalty/Retention Programs. Clients include AOL, DIRECTV, LexisNexisand TV One. Team members have deep industry expertise in Media, Entertainment, Technology, Digital Media, eCommerce, Mobile, Travel and Hospitality, Transportation, Logistics, Aviation, Airlines, Financial Services and Insurance. They partner with its clients to recruit 'game changing' leadership who can propel a business to a new level. Greenwich Harbor Partners works with early stage, fast growth, middle market and large multinationals in both the corporate and agency sectors.

KEY CONTACTS:
Carrie Pryor is Managing Partner, 212.653.8890 cpryor@greenwichhp.com

Ted Pryor is Managing Director, 212.653.8893 tpryor@greenwichhp.com

Tineta Davis is Director of Research, 212.653.8894 tdavis@greenwichhp.com

GRUPO BALMASEDA
ABOUT:
Managing director Rene Balmaseda founded Grupo Balmaseda, a Hispanic/Latino Executive Recruiting and Marketing Consulting firm, in 2004. It specializes in placing U.S.-based Latino professionals in both contingency and retained assignments. It has signed agreements with various 24 500 firms.
KEY CONTACT:
Rene Balmaseda, managing director, 617-314-6984, rene@grupobalmaseda.com
THE GUMBINNER CO.
ABOUT:
President Paul S. Gumbinner has a 20-year history in the agency world and ran his own shop at one point. From account management and planning to senior-level media execs to advertising directors on the client side, The Gumbinner Co. tackles it all. Clients have included Deutsch, JWT, MPG, OMD, Time -Warner , Mercedes and Sony.
KEY CONTACT:
Paul S. Gumbinner, president, 212-688-0129, paul@gumbinnercompany.com
GUNDERSEN PARTNERS
ABOUT:
This global executive search firm has offices in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, London and Melbourne. It works in areas including brand and product management, advertising, branding and corporate identity, direct marketing, public relations, promotions and events. Clients range from startups to multi-national corporations and include marketers and agencies.
KEY CONTACT:
John Rodenburg, managing director, 212-677-7660 ext. 112, jrodenburg@gpllc.com
HAGER EXECUTIVE SEARCH
ABOUT:
Hager Executive Search is a blended firm made up of search consultants with a local presence and a national reach. Based in San Francisco, this woman-owned firm specializes in bringing executive talent and opportunities together in sales, marketing and creative placement capacities across a variety of industries nationally.
KEY CONTACT:
Greg Lamboy, VP-talent acquisition, 415-441-2234, greg@hagerexecutivesearch.com
HART & CO.
ABOUT:
Hart & Co. is an executive placement and business consulting firm that services agencies and clients throughout the U.S. It specializes in account management, research and media, and account planning and new media, along with event and sales promotions. The company was founded in 1998.
KEY CONTACT:
Gerry Hart, owner, 212-585-4000, gghart@aol.com
HEIDRICK & STRUGGLES
Chicago
heidrick.com
ABOUT:
Heidrick & Struggles boasts a Marketing Officers practice made up of more than 50 marketing specialists in 40 offices globally. Together, they've performed more than 1,850 searches in industries as varied as financial services, industrial, consumer markets, life sciences and technology since 2006. The group also has sub-specialties in Hispanic marketing, digital marketing and innovation. It has placed positions as varied as CMO, chief innovation officer, chief creative officer, VP-digital marketing, senior VP-brand management and VP-international marketing.
KEY CONTACTS:
John Abele, global managing partner, 216-241-7410, jabele@heidrick.com

Carlos Cata, regional managing partner, 312-496-1370, ccata@heidrick.com

HELD & LLOYD
ABOUT:
This boutique firm specializes in filling advertising, new media and corporate communications positions, from junior level to the C-suite. It works with advertising, direct response and interactive agencies, publications and marketers. Clients have included J.Crew, Rapp, Revlon, Saatchi & Saatchi, Samsung, TJX Companies and Verizon Wireless.
KEY CONTACTS:
Binnie Held, principal, 212-265-8570, bheld@heldlloyd.com

Adam Lloyd, principal, 212-265-8570, alloyd@heldlloyd.com

Stephenie Trepess, senior recruiter, 212-265-8570, strepess@heldlloyd.com

Will Ayers, senior recruiter, 212-265-8570, wayers@heldlloyd.com

THE HOWARD-SLOAN-KOLLER GROUP
ABOUT:
HSK Group handles executive placements at media companies in areas including digital, print, out-of -home and emerging media, as well as placements at agencies. At agencies, it focuses on placing creatives, account management, account planners, strategic planners and new-business roles.
KEY CONTACT:
Edward Koller, managing partner, 212-661-5250, ekoller@hsksearch.com.
Juel
ABOUT:
The partners of JUEL have been helping agency leadership and client-side marketers for over 10 years in the areas of strategy and talent management. JUEL's executive recruiting practice is focused on senior positions across agency general management, account leadership, digital strategy, account planning, engagement planning and new business, as well as roles on the client side across marketing, media and corporate communications.

KEY CONTACTS:
June Blocklin, partner, 212-220-9347, blocklin@juelconsulting.com

Elizabeth Zea, partner, 212-220-9346, zea@juelconsulting.com

KAPLAN GARDNER
Haddonfield, N.J.
kaplangardner.com
ABOUT:
Kaplan Gardner was founded in January 2007 36 two Razorfish alumni, Evan Kaplan and Andrew Gardner. Mr. Kaplan managed East Coast recruiting at Razorfish, while Mr. Gardner was VP-customer insight group, overseeing the user-experience and data-analysis departments. The two teamed up to fill what they viewed as an opening for an executive search firm that specialized in digital marketing. The boutique firm now fills senior-level positions in areas including sales, business development, user experience, SEO/SEM, strategy, account planning and data analytics. Occasionally the firm will take on a lower-level position in tandem with a senior-level search.

Mr. Gardner declined to identify clients, but said that the majority are "top-tier" digital marketing agencies. The firm has also worked with traditional agencies, PR firms and 24 500 companies that are building out a digital division or digital marketing department.

KEY CONTACTS:
Andy Gardner, partner, 856-354-2055, andrew.gardner@kaplangardner.com

Evan Kaplan, partner, 215-567-3100, evan.kaplan@kaplangardner.com

KORN/FERRY
Los Angeles
kornferry.com
ABOUT:

Korn/Ferry International operates from nearly 80 offices around the world. The firm's Marketing Practice, co-led 36 Senior Client Partners Caren Fleit and Jennifer Carroll, collaborates with colleagues in nearly 40 countries and teams with consultants in a cross-section of industries to identify and attract marketing talent.

A key focus for Ms. Fleit has been consulting with organizations across a variety of industries as they look for CMOs to drive change and measurable business results. "Often our clients ask us to help them define their CMO role so that it is best aligned with the desired business outcome," she said. "The CMO role is expanding; today's top-flight and aspiring CMOs need a new level of inspirational leadership to help drive the transformation that is so often expected of them."

Ms. Carroll says one of her focuses has been connecting the firm's corporate and agency clients. "It helps crystallize the position specs and what type of person might play best," she said. "It gives us a comprehensive view of what's happening in the market."

KEY CONTACTS:
Caren Fleit, senior client partner, 212-984-9417, caren.fleit@kornferry.com

Jennifer Carroll, senior client partner, 312-526-0581 jennifer.carroll@kornferry.com

Laser Talent Group
Los Angeles
lasertalent.com
ABOUT:
Laser Talent Group is