Top private equity recruiters

By | May 2, 2013

Private equity recruiters have seen better days. Once upon a time, private equity firms did most of their hiring through recruitment agencies, but industry sources suggest that PE shops are now doing up to 75% of their hiring themselves.

However, if you are looking for a new job, there is little to lose by contacting a few headhunters.  But before you do, make sure that you CV is in great PE specific shape.  Without the right resume –and of course previous job experience-, they won’t be able to help you no matter how keen, smart and hard working you are.

The CV for a suitable private equity candidate should include proof of:

1) Relevant work experience: typically a couple of years of investment banking experience.
2) Top modelling skills: financial modelling will be your main occupation during the early years.
3) Academic excellence: most shops will not even consider a candidate with <3.0 GPA
4) Ability to communicate: if you cannot write and speak with coherence and clarity this is not your industry.
5) Team-working skills: collaboration is key. If you are a lone wolf, you could perhaps try your luck in equity research.

If you meet the above requirements, here is the list of the top private equity recruiters recruitment agencies:

Recruitment company



Phone number

A.E. Feldman Associates  Great Neck, N.Y. Mitch Feldman  516-719-7900
Advantage Human Resourcing  New York Steve Candland  212-551-0565
AGF Search  Ridgewood, N.J. Don Forlenza  201-447-0050
Ajilon Finance  New York Gino Zubrich  212-953-7400
Atlantic Group  New York Rich Sardinia  212-271-1190
Boyden  New York Ken Rich  212-949-9400
Capital Group  St. Louis John Baumann  636-230-3738
CarterPierce  Los Angeles Jill Pierce  310-477-7275
Choi & Burns  New York Julie Choi  212-755-7051
Coleman & Co.  New York Suzanne Coleman  212-867-4678
Conley & Co.  Boston Kevin Conley  617-399-5400
CPI  New York Brian O’Callahan  212-354-3933
Cressida Partners  New York Vanessa Bailey  212-572-4858
Cromwell Partners  New York Scott Bilby  212-953-3220
CTPartners  New York Burke St.John  212-588-3515
Delfino & Parker  New York Joe Delfino  212-332-3210
Denali Group  New York Solveigh Marcks  212-317-1960
DHR International  Chicago David Hoffman  314-727-2000
Egon Zehnder International  New York Alan Hilliker  212-519-6440
Execu-Search Group  New York Ed Krycerick  212-204-5154
F.S. von Stade & Associates  New York F. Skiddy von Stade  212-751-0055
Gerson Group  New York Russ Gerson  212-796-8120
Global Sage  New York Kevin Mahoney  646-557-3045
Glocap Search  New York Brian Korb  212-333-6400
Green Key Resources  New York Andrew Chayut  212-683-7121
Harris/IIC Partners  Dublin, Ohio Jeff Harris  614-798-8500
Heidrick & Struggles  Chicago Todd Monti  212-699-3121
J. Nicholas Arthur  Boston Nick Bogard  617-204-9000
Jamesbeck Global Partners  New York Beth Rustin  212-616-7444
JSB Partners  New York Joseph Barr  212-750-7007
Korn/Ferry International  Los Angeles Leslie Payton Gordon  212-984-9401
Lapham Group  New York Craig Lapham  212-599-0645
Libertas Group  New York Gordon Muessel  212-722-4339
McKibben Group  New York Allison McKibben  212-551-3512
Mercury Partners  New York Marc Wiener  212-687-0142
Nordeman Grimm  New York Jacques Nordeman  212-935-1000
Oxbridge Group  New York Nina Swift  212-980-0800
Phoenix Group  Carefree, Ariz. Steve Flynn  480-575-6636
Pinnacle Group  New York Denise Palmieri  480-488-4490
Polachi & Co.  Framingham, Mass. Charley Polachi  508-650-9993
Quest Organization  New York Michael Rosenblatt  212-971-0033
Ramax Search  New York Peter Tannenbaum  212-686-1686
Response Cos.  New York Robin Freedman  212-295-4349
Robert Half Fin. & Acct.  Menlo Park, Calif. DeLynn Senna  650-234-6000
RSR Partners  Greenwich, Conn. Barrett Stephens  203-618-7000
Russell Reynolds Associates  New York Abby Adlerman  415-352-3325
SearchOne  New York Michael Garmisa  212-286-2400
Sextant Search Partners  New York Joe Healey  212-366-8600
SG Partners  New York Sheri Gellman  212-922-9544
Sinon Group  New York Jim O’Meara  646-495-5523
Smyth Associates  New York Matt Roberts  212-953-5837
Snelling Search  New York Mary O’Gorman  212-331-9335
Sousou Partners  New York Jennifer Novak  212-557-7500
Spencer Stuart  New York Nick Young  212-336-0321
Taylor Grey  New York Scott Witkin  203-355-8800
Wall Street Options  New York Steve Fleming  212-937-1045
Argyll Scott International London Jade Sweeny +44 (0) 207 936 1125
Arkesden Partners London Jack Tattersall +44 (0) 20 3008 6204
Blackwood London
EH Partners London Simon Hegarty +44 (0) 203 432 2552
KEA Consultants London Hepzi Pemberton +44 (0) 203 397 0841
Kinsey Allen London
One Search London Chris White +44 (0) 207 887 7500
PER London
Principal Search London William McCaw +44 (0) 207 090 7575
The Rose Partnership London
Walker Hamill London James Stephens +44 (0)20 7839 4444


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