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Cowen Partners leads the nation’s top executive search firms in helping companies accelerate growth, revenue, and market share by placing top talent in leadership roles. Our highly experienced executive recruiters work with large and small companies, public and private, pre-IPO, and nonprofits. Our process connects curated candidates, ready to lead, with companies looking for the top 1% of executive talent. We provide leadership placements in less than six weeks using due diligence-driven, senior partner-backed executive search processes.


Executive search placements span the entire C-suite: CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs, CIO/ CTOs, CHROs, CLOs, and leadership roles including VPs, Directors, and more.



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6 Traits to Look for in a Post-Pandemic Executive Hire

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Hiring for Today’s CEOs: What You Need to Know About the Modern Executive in a Post-Pandemic World

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8 Attributes of a Great Credit Union CEO

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Setting the Right Compensation for Your CMO in 2022

As the captain of a company’s marketing efforts, the CMO has many responsibilities, including overseeing a marketing team. Choosing a CMO involves selecting someone with the knowledge and skills to succeed. Setting an appropriate salary and benefits package is not easy for most companies. While traditional, less senior marketing roles often have their pay tied

It’s Time to Elevate the Roles of CHROs

The role of the CHRO has been traditionally limited to hiring for open positions, designing compensation and benefits packages, and ensuring compliance of the company with federal and state hiring regulations. Until now, a CHRO’s responsibility for an organization has not been proactive but reactive — to decisions made by other executive leaders. Many leadership

Combating Loneliness as a CEO

There’s a famous saying — “It’s lonely at the top.” CEOs often find this saying true. In fact, a study by Harvard Business Review found that over half of CEOs feel lonely in their role, and 61% indicated that feelings of loneliness hinder their performance. As the individual with the most significant level of responsibility



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You succeeded where many others failed; we are grateful for your key role in helping us hire a great candidate.

CEO Healthcare

I can’t believe you found someone so fast, yes we want them to start!

CFO Bank

I’m really impressed by all the qualified candidates, thank you so much

SVP Chief People Officer

I wanted to let you know we are very happy with your services, she has been great for us. Thank you for this assistance.

CFO Credit Union

I really appreciate your help finding someone for me and hope our paths cross again. I would definitely consider using you for a new search if I should have one. It was really easy to work with you.

CFO Software Company

Even after less than two months, it’s clear she is extremely well qualified and an excellent long term addition to our staff. We are very pleased to have her. Thanks for all the work you did to help make this possible.

CEO Real Estate Company

You are adamant in your search. I don’t think we have ever had a headhunter/recruiter so diligent on seeking out candidates as you are.

VP HR Seafood Company

You did what you said you’d do and I appreciate that, let me know if you ever need a reference

CEO Specialty Pharmacy

We have never seen this much activity from a recruiter before

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