Get Lightning-Fast Placement of Elite Talent from a Top Executive Search Firm

      At Cowen Partners, we stand at the forefront of the executive search industry, empowering companies to thrive and excel in their growth, revenue, and market presence. We specialize in identifying exceptional leaders and placing them in key positions to drive success. Our team of seasoned executive recruiters collaborates with organizations of all sizes, encompassing both public and private enterprises, pre-IPO ventures, and non-profit entities. Through a meticulous and discerning approach, we unite handpicked candidates, with companies in pursuit of the most exceptional executive talent, representing the top 1%. With the support of our experienced senior partners, we execute a diligent and efficient executive search process, ensuring leadership placements within a remarkable six-week timeframe.


      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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      News & Insights

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      Companies Agree Our Executive Search Process Works. Our Clients Have This To Say About Our Results

      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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