"Big 5" Generalist Firms
These five firms conduct a large share of corporate retained
search assignments and are active in most industries and disciplines.
They are generally not as easily accessible as smaller firms and prefer
to find candidates using their own referral network. These firms bill
in the $100 - 250 million range annually.
Large generalist firm with 300 consultants, operating from more than
60 wholly owned offices in 38 countries, Egon Zehnder specializes in
financial services, consumer, life sciences, technology & telecoms,
industrial services, and private capital.
Heidrick & Struggles
For more than 50 years, Heidrick & Struggles has specialized
in chief executive, board member, and senior-level management search
assignments for a wide variety of clients, including multinational
corporations, mid-cap and startup companies, nonprofit entities, educational
institutions, foundations, associations, and governmental units.
Since 1969, Korn/Ferry has conducted 100,000 senior-level searches worldwide.
Korn/Ferry Executive Search consultants are based in more than 70 offices
across North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East
and, South Africa.
Russell Reynolds Associates is a global executive search and assessment
firm. They focus on executive level positions, enabling their recruiters
to concentrate solely on the universe of senior executives.
Nearly 300 consultants are organized in practices and work in teams across international boundaries. Spencer Stuart operates out of 50 offices in 25 countries.
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