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, [email protected]

Josh Marmer, VP, 646-747-0022, [email protected]

Dana Lupton, director, West Coast, 310-372-1585, [email protected]

Bonnie Zaben, COO, 212-268-2945, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Marc White, director, IT, 248-498-5075, [email protected]

Cedric Corera, founder-CEO, 248-498-5041, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Sherri Bedster,senior advertising market specialist, 708-836-0382 ext. 117, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Debbie Strobel, owner/recruiter, 201-652-8062, [email protected]

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, [email protected]
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, R/GA.
KEY CONTACT:
Ada Alpert, president, 212-297-9009, [email protected]
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, [email protected]
ANNE H. ROSS
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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]

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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]

Trina Gordon, chairman-managing director, 312-565-1300, [email protected] Howard Gross, managing director, 212-949-9400, [email protected]

Anne Raphael, senior VP-partner, 33-1-44-136700, [email protected]

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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Edna Barone, Researcher/Recruiter, 214-550-0152, [email protected]

DIVERSIFIED SEARCH ODGERS BERNDTSON
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, [email protected]

Tracy Murdoch O' Such, managing partner, 212-542-2575, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Rochelle Geller, founder-principal, 212-967-1737, [email protected]

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, [email protected]
EXECUTIVE CONNECTIONS
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, [email protected]

Leslie Quinones, information officer, 406-493-6024, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Rebekah Donaldson, director communications, 530-231-5397, [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Susan Kirshenbaum, 212-463-0020, [email protected]

Nancy Temkin, owner, 212-463-0020, [email protected]

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 [email protected]

Ted Pryor is Managing Director, 212.653.8893 [email protected]

Tineta Davis is Director of Research, 212.653.8894 [email protected]

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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]

Carlos Cata, regional managing partner, 312-496-1370, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Adam Lloyd, principal, 212-265-8570, [email protected]

Stephenie Trepess, senior recruiter, 212-265-8570, [email protected]

Will Ayers, senior recruiter, 212-265-8570, [email protected]

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, [email protected]
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, [email protected]

Elizabeth Zea, partner, 212-220-9346, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Evan Kaplan, partner, 215-567-3100, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Jennifer Carroll, senior client partner, 312-526-0581 [email protected]

Laser Talent Group
Los Angeles
lasertalent.com
ABOUT:
Laser Talent Group is an executive recruiting partner for advertising agencies and brands. Laura Laser, founder and President, worked in advertising and digital marketing for ten years leading business development, marketing and production efforts before discovering her calling - connecting people and companies. Having been on the "other side," she understands what makes a good fit between the perfect candidate and the ideal job. Areas of expertise include: creative, production, strategy, technology, user-experience and account management/business development.

KEY CONTACT:
Laura Laser, president, executive recruiter, 310-425-8484, [email protected]

Lynn Hazan & Associates
Chicago
lhazan.com
ABOUT:
Founded in 2000, Lynn Hazan & Associates specializes in marketing and communications placement across the U.S., with a specialty in Chicago and the Midwest. Clients include 24 1000 firms, agencies, entrepreneurial firms and not-for-profits. LH&A places candidates in full-time, part-time, project-based, and temp-to-perm positions. Areas of expertise cover the communications spectrum, from advertising, marketing and PR to corporate communications, design and new media.
KEY CONTACT:
Lynn Hazan, president, 312.863.5401, [email protected]

MARCUS ST. JEAN
ABOUT:
Marcus St. Jean focuses on the creative side of the agency world, placing everyone from junior-level talent up to chief creative officers in positions both domestic and abroad.
KEY CONTACT:
Anne Marie Marcus, owner, 212-274-0277, [email protected]
MELINDA HOLM & ASSOCIATES
Forest Park, Ill.
www.melindaholm.com
ABOUT:
Melinda Holm & Associates serves a wide swath of the industry, working with all levels and areas of marketing, advertising, public relations and communications. But while it handles positions nationwide, the firm is focused on Chicago-area placements.
KEY CONTACT:
Lisa Casper, VP-senior recruiter, 708-488-9701, [email protected]
MERCURY GROUP
ABOUT:
The emphasis is on media and media-technology companies, with core competencies in sales, marketing and advertising. In April, the company launched an agency practice to service both traditional and digital agencies, as well as a career-transition and outplacement business. The launch of those businesses, said J.D. Rehm, managing partner, was a proactive approach to the dismal economy. The career-transition and outplacement business was a logical addition, given the number of displaced people in the media and marketing world, Mr. Rehm said. Mostly, those looking to Mercury Group for career transition advice are coming from traditional media -- magazines, newspapers or television -- and looking to shift into digital. As for the agency business, Mercury Group believes agencies will recover more quickly than media companies.
KEY CONTACTS:
Jeff Lundwall, managing partner, 212.905.6076, [email protected]

J.D. Rehm, managing partner, 212.905.6077, [email protected]

Judy Laughren, partner, 212.905.6078, [email protected]

MJS EXECUTIVE SEARCH
Tarrytown, N.Y.
www.mjsearch.com
ABOUT:
This boutique firm, which also has offices in New York, services industries, including consumer goods and services; internet and e-commerce; entertainment, media and sports; and marketing and public relations. It focuses on executive placements in marketing, sales, social media, digital, public relations, corporate communications and general management positions. Clients include PepsiCo , American Express, Diageo and Equinox Fitness .
KEY CONTACTS:
Matt Schwartz, founder, president, 914-631-1774 ext. 1, [email protected]

Sharon Schanzer, principal, 914-631-1774 ext. 3, [email protected]

MULLEN MARKETING
ABOUT:
Mullen Marketing Search is a NY-based executive search firm that works at the intersection of branding, technology and media. Its specialty is finding truly innovative brand leaders and separating them from the thousands of good, but not good-enough, marketers for our clients.

The firm recruits CMO's to Brand Managers, Brand Consultants/Brand Strategists/Account Planning Directors and Account Management for 24 500 companies, brand consultancies, innovation companies, advertising agencies, PR agencies, digital agencies and media companies on a retained or exclusive contingency basis.
KEY CONTACTS:

Shannon Mullen, Founder, 917-208-2494, [email protected]

PICKENS & CO.
New York
ABOUT:
After more than two decades in the business, Barbara Pickens set out on her own in 2003, founding Pickens & Co. Ms. Pickens focuses on filling senior-level marketing, sales and general-management roles at CPG, food and drug companies. Mars, Heinz, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Clairol are a few of the companies Ms. Pickens has worked with.
KEY CONTACT:
Barbara Pickens, founder, 212-573-0921, [email protected]
PRINCETON ONE
Skillman, N.J.
princetonone.com
ABOUT:
With offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Princeton One claims more than 3,000 placements a year. It services agencies, media companies, CPG and retail companies. It has expertise in placing executives in areas including account planning and services, media planning, digital marketing and media, project management, product design and marketing, market research and shopper insights, among others.
KEY CONTACTS:
Lisa Kojis, managing partner, 614-252-6200, [email protected]

Paul Fafard, senior consultant, 512-327-8292, [email protected]

ROBERTS & RYAN, INC.
ABOUT:
Roberts & Ryan focuses on senior agency talent, primarily in the United States with a base in Chicago, typically candidates with salaries 150k and above. It is a retained firm that specializes in account management, planning, creative, media and operations. It also specializes in various mediums including, but not limited to: Advertising, Shopper Marketing/Activation, Digital, ocial, Public Relations and CRM/Loyalty.
KEY CONTACT:

Gregg Orloff, Partner, 312-327-1003, [email protected]

RUSSELL REYNOLDS ASSOCIATES
ABOUT:
Russell Reynolds Associates is a leading global executive search and assessment firm with more than 300 consultants based in 40 offices worldwide. Consultants work closely with public and private organizations to assess and recruit senior executives and board members to drive long-term growth and success. Its in-depth knowledge of major industries and of its clients' specific business challenges, combined with our understanding of who and what make an effective leader, ensures that its clients secure the best leadership teams for the ongoing success of their businesses.
KEY CONTACTS:
Seema Kathuria, consultant, 312-993-0708, [email protected]

Bobbie Lenga, leader, global consumer sector, 312-993-9696, [email protected]

Margot McShane, consultant, 415-352-3300, [email protected]

Kathy Ventura, consultant, 203-905-3350, [email protected]

Richard Sanderson, consultant, 312-993-0735, [email protected]

Andrew Hayes, consultant, 404-880-5164, [email protected]

Alan Cork, consultant, 612-335-3211, [email protected]

SKLAR & ASSOCIATES
ABOUT:
Founded in 1998, Sklar & Associates focuses exclusively on media, with all four of its recruiters boasting media backgrounds. The firm has offices in Chicago and New York but makes placements at media agencies, media companies and within marketers' media groups, around the country. It works with a wide range of executives, from junior level to senior level, placing them in positions ranging from media planner and media buyer to digital media director.
KEY CONTACT:
Patricia Sklar, president, 312-467-4600, [email protected]
SOURCE EXECUTIVE SEARCH
Land O' Lakes, Fla.
www.sourceexecutive.com
ABOUT:
Source Executive Search, which was formerly PLA Inc., focuses on mid-level executive positions on both the agency and client side, with a heavy concentration in food service and multi-unit retail. The boutique firm handles both creative and account service roles, as well as media, sales promotion and public relations. Secondary markets are a sweet spot for the firm, notes Kaarla McKenzie, president and managing director. "We have always had a lot of luck in what was called 'B' markets, not Los Angeles, New York or Chicago," she said. "We currently have searches in Dallas, Denver, St. Louis, Orlando and Atlanta."
KEY CONTACT:
Kaarla McKenzie, president and managing director, 813-909-4434, [email protected]
SPENCER GROUP
Kansas City, Mo.
spencer-group.com
ABOUT:
Jennifer Spencer is a one-woman shop that focuses on placements in the Midwest. The majority of placements are made in Kansas City, though she also works in St. Louis, Des Moines, Nebraska and Chicago. Ms. Spencer got her start in account services at a Kansas City shop but soon became bored and turned to recruiting advertising executives. After the boutique recruiting firm she was working at shuttered its doors, she opened her own shop in the fall of 2001.

She now focuses primarily on agencies, of which Kansas City counts several, including VML, Barkley and Bernstein-Rein. There are also small shops like Willoughby Design, Design Ranch and Nicholson Kovac. "Kansas City is a weird anomaly of an advertising community. It's really cohesive and fiercely independent, with only VML as part of a conglomerate," Ms. Spencer said. "There's a ton of advertising dollars coming through here."

KEY CONTACT:
Jennifer Spencer, founder, [email protected] 913-248-9555
SPENCER STUART
No specific headquarters; 51 offices globally
spencerstuart.com
ABOUT:
Spencer Stuart is a global network, with offices in 27 countries. It focuses exclusively on senior-level executive placements and works across a broad range of sectors.
KEY CONTACTS:
Greg Welch, consultant, [email protected], 312-396-3801

George Jamison, consultant, [email protected], 203-326-3776

Chris Nadherny, consultant, [email protected], 312-321-8332

Tom Seclow, consultant, [email protected], 415-808-8903

Dana Wade, consultant, [email protected], 212-336-0251

Will Schutte, media, [email protected], 415-808-8945

STEPHEN-BRADFORD SEARCH
ABOUT:
This boutique firm, with offices in New York and San Francisco, works with both agencies and clients on senior-level placements. It has several practices: marketing communications, advertising and marketing, promotions and marketing, and media, with the leader of each of those practices coming from that particular field.
KEY CONTACTS:
Erika Weinstein, president, 646-728-2341, [email protected]

Linda Schaler, managing director, 646-728-2344, [email protected]

T. Scott International
Bethlehem, PA
tsiexec.com
ABOUT:
T. Scott International is a boutique firm led 36 industry veterans with clients in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts & Illinois. It places mid- to senior-level candidates with award winning agencies, service providers, and 24 500 Companies in the digital and/or pharmaceutical marketing & advertising space. Please visit www.tsiexec.com for more information.

KEY CONTACTS:
Tom Liska, Managing Partner, 610-954-7600 x203, [email protected]

Lynsey Boggess, Associate Director, 610-954-7600 x206, [email protected]

Erika Brett, Integrated Marketing Manager, 610-954-7600 x201, [email protected]

THE TALENT BUSINESS
ABOUT:
The Talent Business is a recruiter of senior talent for marketing communications agencies and creative businesses. It specializes in creative client service and strategic talent recruitment for communications agencies and creative businesses. The firms specializes in placements in advertising, media, digital, direct marketing and integrated communications positions, both globally and locally.
KEY CONTACTS:
Maria Gianoutsos, managing director, 212-334-1803, [email protected]
TANGERINE
ABOUT:
Launched in 2002, Tangerine recruits "strategic talent" in account planning, account management, creative technology, communications planning and the digital space. The majority of its placements are made in New York, though it partners with search consultants around the world. It counts Anomaly , JWT, Kenneth Cole, Interbrand, Modernista, MTV , Strawberry Frog and Taxi among its clients.
KEY CONTACT:
Sally Jones, founder, [email protected], 917-826-8280.
TANGERINE-WATSON
ABOUT:
This boutique firm, which was spun off from Tangerine three years ago, focuses on placing multi-cultural advertising and marketing talent on both the agency and client side. Carol Watson, principal partner, got her start on the agency side at Bates and then moved on to the media side, working at Essence, The New York Times and Vibe. After leaving Vibe, Ms. Watson moved into the executive recruiting space, though Tangerine-Watson also provides mentoring, coaching and career-development services.

"I've been in the business a gazillion years and have seen the ups and downs of people of color leaving at the mid-level. There's no diversity at the senior level," she said. "People that I know that were in the business felt like they were the only ones, with different tales of not being treated well or biases or not feeling like they could break in. There was a need for more supporting, training, development and pure honesty for agencies that wanted to do a better job."

Ms. Watson does believe the industry has made some headway over the last few years. Some agencies have become increasingly aggressive and progressive, she says, and clients are increasingly asking about the staffing of the agencies that are pitching their business, in an effort to increase diversity.

KEY CONTACT:
Carol Watson, principal partner, 212-505-0405, [email protected]
TESAR-REYNES
ABOUT:
Founded in 1982, Tesar-Reynes partners with marketing services -- both domestically and internationally -- on branding and communications projects. Their services include retained senior management search, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, agency search selection, search for senior-level consultants, and helping foreign agencies and companies set up branding and communications operations in the U.S.
KEY CONTACTS:
Bob Tesar, partner, 312-726-1900, [email protected]

Tony Reynes, partner, 312-726-1900, [email protected]

THE TROYANOS GROUP
Irvington-on-Hudson, New York
www.troyanosgroup.com
ABOUT:
It is the stated mission of The Troyanos Group to help CEOs, Presidents and Division Leaders grow their business. Whether engaged on a multi-faceted consulting project, or a retained search for a key executive, the firm brings all of its resources to help our clients grow. The firm's Executive Search focus is on senior-level recruiting assignments in the marketing and marketing communications disciplines with a special focus in the areas of measurable marketing, public relations, advertising, digital, strategy, business development and healthcare. It takes great pride in its consultative process – its secret sauce, so to speak - which enables its success rate to far outdistance industry norms.
KEY CONTACTS:

Dennis Troyanos, Principal, 914-479-1801, [email protected]

Norman Sherman, Principal, 914-479-1802, [email protected]

Larry Adler, Principal, 914-479-1803, [email protected]

THE WARD GROUP
Woburn, Mass.
wardgroup.com
ABOUT:
The Ward Group is an executive search and organizational consulting firm specializing in marketing, communications and product management. It represents clients in a variety of industries and communications agencies from its Boston and New York-area offices. It's been recruiting for more than 17 years.
KEY CONTACTS:
Jim Ward, president, 781-938-4000, [email protected]

Tom Jago, managing director, 201-940-7383, [email protected]

WISER PARTNERS
ABOUT:
David Wiser started his practice about 15 years ago after working at a marketing consulting firm and in brand management at Procter & Gamble. Wiser Partners focuses on retained executive placements in marketing, sales and consumer insights across categories including consumer goods and services, retail, wireless media and entertainment, hospitality, financial services and health care. Clients have included Amazon, AT&T Wireless, Barclays, Chase, Coca-Cola, DirecTV , Genentech, Nielsen , Panera, Timberland, VF Corp. and Walmart.

About two-thirds of the roles it places are in a CMO, senior VP or VP role, while the remainder are placed in director or number-two-type roles. With a headquarters in Cincinnati, Mr. Wiser says that people assume he's downtown having lunch with P&G execs every day, but that 's not the case. While he admits that P&G and other major package-goods companies develop "phenomenal" talent, his firm is more interested in execs who are "one generation removed." "We're interested in seeing what happens when they leave a P&G or General Mills or PepsiCo and cut their teeth," he says. "Then they become really interesting."

KEY CONTACTS:
David Wiser, managing principal, 513-533-4000, [email protected]
WTW ASSOCIATES
ABOUT:
The boutique practice is focused on media, digital media and entertainment, making placements at both agencies and media companies. It works with roles at all levels, though primarily the director level and above. The team at WTW Associates counts Time Warner , Sony Music and Ernst & Young among their former employers.
KEY CONTACTS:
Warren Wasp, founder, 212-972-6990, [email protected]

Ira Sallen, partner, 212-972-6990, [email protected]

WUNDERLAND
ABOUT:
The team at WunderLand is passionate about solving businesses' contract staffing and full-time hiring needs, while helping people find meaningful work and great jobs. It does this 36 proactively leveraging current technology and social media trends, while focusing on old-fashioned relationship building with our clients and candidates - a human-centric approach.

Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York and San Francisco, it is small enough to be flexible, approachable and fun, yet large enough to be able to satisfy the staffing needs of the most conservative 24 500 corporations quickly and reliably.
KEY CONTACT:

Judi Wunderlich, Co-Founder/VP of Recruiting, 312-506-8600

You & Them
ABOUT:
We are not your average e-mail blasting recruiters. We are here to align stars and connect dots, not just match titles with positions and salary demands with salary offerings. We take a real liking to our candidates -- and vise versa. Opportunities span all disciplines within advertising agencies, digital shops, marketing companies, startups and more. Sign up for You & Them job alerts and we'll be in touch with opportunities that are a fit for you ... or someone you know.
KEY CONTACTS:

Dana Siomkos, Owner, 917.836.0463, [email protected]

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