Cowen Partners | National Executive Search + Consulting

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Cowen Partners is a national executive search and consulting firm. Industry agnostic, our clients are both small and large, publicly traded, pre-IPO, private, and non-profit organizations. Clients are typically $50 million to multi-billion dollar revenue Fortune 500 companies, or have assets between $500 million to $15 billion. Successful placements span the entire C-Suite and include VP and Director level leadership roles.

We know the executive recruiting process from all sides.

We’ve seen every aspect of the executive recruiting process as hiring managers, business owners and executive recruiters. We support executive leaders in the pursuit of exceptional talent.


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Recruiting upper-level management in the age of Covid-19

Recruiting upper-level management in the age of Covid-19   Originally published in the Puget Sound Business Journal – Seattle, WA Shawn Cole is President and Co-Founder of Cowen Partners Executive Search. Although the country has experienced higher unemployment rates than those of the Great Depression and the great recession, unemployment rates for senior-level executives have

Companies Need Business Minded General Counsels

Companies Need Business Minded General Counsels General counsels are currently expected to take on more responsibilities than ever before within their organizations. In the past, their main job was to guard the company against legal and ethical offenses, but the role is so much more than that now. In addition to avoiding legal infractions, general

5 Important Questions to Ask When Recruiting General Counsel

5 Important Questions to Ask When Recruiting General Counsel   The general counsel position is a major part of the executive leadership team. You need someone who displays great leadership skills, sound judgment, and a strong sense of ethics. Finding a candidate who meets all of these expectations as well as your business needs can

Finding Top In-House Legal Talent

Finding Top In-House Legal Talent Capable in-house legal talent is a vital part of your company’s team, and finding top legal talent is necessary if you expect to compete in today’s economy. You cannot afford to make mistakes when locating the right candidate for Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Counsel, General Counsel, or other key legal

Recruiting and Hiring in the Age of Covid-19

Recruiting and Hiring in the Age of Covid-19   The outbreak of COVID-19 at the outset of 2020 left the global economy at a standstill with dozens of countries combatting economic, health care, and educational collapse. As the virus spiraled into an unprecedented pandemic, hundreds of companies halted operations, resorted to layoffs and furloughs, and

How to Choose an Executive Search Firm

How to Choose an Executive Search Firm Receive our  “How to Choose an Executive Search Firm” brochure. Designed for companies seeking an executive search firm service. Reaching out to an executive search firm often plays a key role in answering this question. Executive search firms are talent acquisition specialists who invest their entire careers focused on


start-ups, rapid growth, software, private equity, venture capital, enterprise sales, executive search

Real Estate

commercial & residential construction, management groups, property developers, banking, REIT’s


biotech, pharmacy, dental, orthopedics, private practice, hospital networks, insurance

Financial Services

bank & credit union executive search, accounting, finance, ALM, credit & lending, operations


enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise performance management (EPM), business intelligence, software


public, private, non-profit, CPA firms, SEC, private equity, accounting, finance, tax, audit


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

VP Talent Acquisition

Cities We Regularly Recruit In

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Tucson, Arizona

New York, New York

Los Angeles, California

Houston, Texas

Chicago, Illinois

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Atlanta, Georgia

Long Beach, California

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Washington, DC

Tampa, Florida

Baltimore, Maryland

Austin, Texas

Memphis, Tennessee

Phoenix, Arizona

San Diego, California

Detroit, Michigan

Dallas, Texas

San Jose, California

Charlotte, NC

Fort Worth, Texas

New Orleans, Louisiana

Oakland, California

Wichita, Kansas

Boston, Massachusetts

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Seattle, Washington

San Antonio, Texas

Detroit, Michigan

Jacksonville, Florida

San Francisco, California

Indianapolis, Indiana

Denver, Colorado

Portland, Oregon

Kansas City, Missouri

Cleveland, Ohio

St. Louis, Missouri

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