Why We Started Cowen Partners Executive Search

      Cowen Partners saw an opportunity not being met in the market. We saw that the industry had become complacent, dominated by large national firms. Executive search consultants whose processes were out of date with today’s modern demands has become standard. Or worse, large search firms were assigning searches to eager grads who had zero experience and no senior support to execute a successful search.


      Cowen Partners Focuses On One Principle: Quality

      Our team was developed to anticipate clients’ needs proactively, then develop a vast qualified candidate pool where personal attention replaced dated rolodexes. The reason why? Due diligence. It’s why we successfully place top executive talent in 38 days, on average.


      Cowen Partners | Precision Over Quantity

      We believe in sending the right candidates right away. That’s why our model focuses on precise placement of key talent. You don’t want a massive list of candidates, you want a list of the right candidates ready to lead. That’s where we come in and why clients come back to us, again and again, to place executive leadership.

      Our Team Places Talent For Trajectory Level Growth

      When you choose Cowen Partners, you get senior partner led searches, due diligence run networking, candidate vetting, critical review, and high level teamwork geared towards one goal: placing top talent, right away, for your role. This is how we became, and stay, a leading team of executive search consultants. Are you ready to make your next role the right one for massive growth?


      Make an Informed Hire With Cowen Partners

      Cowen Partners Core Values


      Ethics: We operate with integrity and always do what is best for both candidates and clients


      Committed: Everything we do is done on behalf of the client and with urgency


      Professionalism: We will always represent ourselves, clients, and candidates in a professional manner


      Confidentiality: We act as trusted advisors and keep all information confidential


      Diversity: We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally, proactively identifying and recruiting DEI talent

      At Cowen Partners, we embrace our responsibility to act as a good corporate citizen.


      We value our profession by advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; our communities with our commitment to give back; and our planet through commercial work, pro bono search engagements, and ever more sustainable operations.

      Pro Bono Executive Search


      We believe in advancing social issues by providing access to world-class leaders through pro bono executive search services.

      Our experience spans the globe, covering countries and major cities across nearly every continent. We also specialize in a multitude of industries and professions.

      Giving back is emblematic of who we are, and it reflects the values of our firm.

      That’s why we are proud to give back and contribute in several ways, supporting a variety of causes and organizations.

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      Community Service


      Our executive search consultants and staff have raised millions for charity and donated thousands of hours to community service.

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      We are honored to give our time, donate services, sponsor food and gift drives, and raise funds to support an array of important causes that we care about deeply.

      From hosting and participating in fundraising events to sponsoring sports teams and beyond, we are relentlessly committed to:

      1. Supporting both small and large charities
      2. Donating our time, energy, and resources
      3. Advancing underfunded causes
      4. Giving back in meaningful ways

      Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


      At Cowen Partners, we are on a mission to strengthen DEI as a distinguishing feature of corporate culture, advancing DEI in both our profession and our client’s communities.

      Women Enriching Business


      A network for growth, opportunity, and advancement.

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      Environmental Sustainability


      From our dedication to sustainable operations to helping our clients and communities cope with complex environmental challenges, environmental sustainability plays an important role in what it means to be an exemplary global citizen.

      & Best Practices


      At Cowen Partners we strive to make the world a better place via research and best practices. They contribute to advancements in leadership, diversity equity and inclusion, learning, evidence-based decision-making, corporate culture and education.


      Shawn Cole, President

      Shawn Cole is a serial entrepreneur and executive leader with over 20 years’ experience founding and running successful companies. Shawn’s business career has been centered on value creation for both turnarounds and startups with extensive experience in M&A, consolidations, and integrations. Shawn is frequently quoted in Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and many

      Ash Wendt, President

      As a founding partner of Cowen Partners, Ash Wendt has drawn on his career experience in sales and executive recruiting to build a vibrant, dynamic firm. His results-driven approach is rooted in discipline and strength of purpose and the belief that Cowen Partners fulfills a need across industries. He excels in developing strategic processes to

      Kim Bartelt, Managing Director

      Kim is a seasoned executive search professional with extensive experience in leading and developing client service teams, driven by a commitment to delivering unparalleled customer experiences. With over a decade in the executive recruitment industry and a robust background in client services, Kim excels in cultivating client relationships to foster long-term partnerships. Previously specializing in

      Thomas Paik, Managing Director

      Thomas has diverse experience supporting global brands going through transformational change. At Cowen Partners, Thomas supports executive searches in the areas of human resources, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and change management. Prior to joining Cowen Partners, Thomas was the Global Talent Acquisition Director for Mercy Corps – a leading international NGO (non-governmental organization) focusing on

      Sam Torres, Managing Director

      Sam Torres serves as a senior advisor, and executive recruiter for C-Suite leaders and administrators in the executive recruitment process by providing guidance on talent across all levels of senior leadership including CEO, COO, CIO, CFO, CMO, CTO, and Vice President. He personally manages the executive search process to find, recruit, and place top executive leaders. He


      Molly Lehrsch

      Corporate Communications | Employer Branding | Change Readiness Molly translates big ideas, lofty business goals and complex concepts into actionable and engaging messages that empower employees to do their best work. Leveraging her diverse background in internal communications, public relations and social media marketing, Molly challenges the status quo to deliver a differentiated employee experience.

      Chary Krout

      Org Development | Interim Leadership | Credit Unions With 25 years of service in the credit union industry, Chary has dedicated her career to helping employees be their best. Through progressive, simple and engaging programs, she has improved the workplace by leveraging data to better understand the experience, introducing programs like social recognition and continuous

      Jasmine Avgerakis-Marks

      Emergency Operations & Preparedness | Mission-Based Organizations Curious and detail-oriented leader adept at developing high-level strategic roadmaps and detailed plans for execution through a commitment to value of building equitable processes, inclusive of diversity of perspectives and needs. Calculated risk-taker, big thinker and problem solver who thrives under change and ambiguous environments and excels in

      Jaison Layney

      Executive Compensation & Employee Rewards Consultant  Strategic and highly accomplished independent compensation consultant, Board of Directors’ Executive Compensation Committee member and former corporate compensation executive with over twenty years of experience working with companies in the financial services, high tech, gaming, biotechnology, retail and utility industries on all aspects of compensation for executives, employees and

      Joe Woods

      Chief Operating Officer | Strategy & Change Management Executive Joe joined Lane Powell, a Pacific Northwest-based Law Firm with over 400 employees, in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for leading Finance, Business Operations & Pricing, Culture & DEI, Marketing & Business Development, Human Resources, Professional Development, Information Technology, New Business & Conflicts

      Alexis Kavazanjian

      Fractional People Leader | Hyper Growth Advisor As an experienced People Operations Executive, I work with companies on a fractional, advisory and project basis who need support and guidance scaling their people and talent programs. I’ve been a People Leader for the last 15+ years where I have built and led the people and talent

      Tracy Knox

      Board Member | 3X Public Company CFO Tracy Knox is a board member and senior-level executive with 25+ years of leadership experience scaling multiple global public and private companies within tech, including online marketplaces, e-commerce, internet services and communications. Tracy has served as CFO of three public companies, two of which she led through the

      Felicia Shakiba

      Chief People Officer | Interim | Fractional She is the Founder, Podcast Host, and Fractional CPO of CPO PLAYBOOK, a global leadership and HR consulting firm that offers cutting-edge talent management strategies to CEOs, People Leaders, and Venture Capital Firms. With nearly 20 years of experience in people strategy and talent management, Felicia has a

      Justin Hays

      Global Creative Director | Consultant | Strategist Creative evangelist and storyteller with a record of success innovating novel marketing strategies and above- and below-the-line campaigns that achieve and exceed goals for marquis global brands. Utilize retail, experiential, digital, and social platforms to build brands, launch products, elevate connectivity and consumer engagement, and capture market share.

      Lydiah Mutimbanyoka

      Interim Executive Leader | Mission-Based Organizations I have extensive operational experience working in different regions and various roles from country level, regional, HQ and global roles. My work experience includes working in development, humanitarian and emergency response in fragile and conflict affected states, emergency preparedness and DRR, inspirational leadership, program strategic leadership, strategy development and

      Myriam Khoury

      INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE | GLOBAL INNOVATION LEADER Advancing Equitable Social Impact through Strategic Planning, Partnerships, and Innovation Practice. Myriam Khoury is a seasoned humanitarian driven by curiosity about the world and a desire to build a global environment in which every person can fulfill their human potential. Myriam joined Mercy Corps in 1996, when the

      Paul Belanger 

      Chief Financial Officer | Interim & Fractional Services I provide fractional services that give start-ups around $75MM solutions to solve these problems on an as needed basis at a fraction of the cost. My proprietary method helps mid-sized companies double revenue and cash. I work on both the operational and transactional side of finance for

      Anita Smith

      Human Resources | Change Management 10-years serving as an HR professional focused on influencing positive change and driving business results. Specialties within the HR function include: Identifying and implementing long-range strategic talent management goals, senior leadership consulting, project management, compensation analysis, benefits, and employee life cycle. I operate with integrity and I genuinely care about


      Case Study: Roundstone’s Chief Marketing Officer Search

      Company Background Roundstone Insurance is a leader in health benefits management, specializing in self-funded solutions for small to mid-sized employers. By operating a self-funded medical group captive, Roundstone bands these employers together to fund their benefits similarly to larger Fortune 500 companies. Initially a stop-loss reinsurer, Roundstone has evolved into a pioneering force in the

      Case Study: Strategic Recruitment of VP of Marketing

      Executive Summary Storable, a leader in providing integrated technology solutions for the self-storage industry, including customer record management software, sought to enhance its market positioning and outreach. To achieve this, Storable collaborated with Cowen Partners Executive Search to recruit a seasoned VP of Marketing. This strategic hire was aimed at bolstering Storable’s marketing efforts specifically

      Case Study: Roof Doctors Strategic Head of Sales Recruitment

      Overview Roof Doctors, a prominent roofing service company, faced a pivotal moment in its growth trajectory. To achieve its ambitious goals of increasing revenue and expanding territory, Roof Doctors required a dynamic and experienced Head of Sales. Recognizing the critical nature of this hire, Roof Doctors retained Cowen Partners Executive Search, a leading national executive

      Case Study: Executive Search for Photonis Defense, Inc.

      Overview of Photonis Defense Photonis Defense, Inc. is a rapidly expanding company with a strong focus on two significant business areas. Known for its innovation and energetic approach, Photonis specializes in manufacturing that demands high precision and quality. The company is on a quest to enhance its operational capabilities and leadership team by recruiting an

      Case Study: Executive Search for Wesco’s Chief Information Officer

      Client Profile Company: WescoIndustry: Paint and Equipment SupplyEstablishment: Over 45 years agoHeadquarters: North AmericaLocations: 200+ across North AmericaAnnual Revenue: Over $1 billion Business Challenge Wesco, a leading supplier of paint and equipment in diverse markets including automotive, industrial, and aerospace, faced the challenge of modernizing its IT infrastructure to support its rapid expansion and diverse

      Case Study: Executive Recruitment for Global X ETFs

      Client Profile Company: Global X ETFsIndustry: Finance (Exchange-Traded Funds)Founded: 2008Headquarters: New York City, USAGlobal Presence: North America, Europe, Asia, Latin AmericaAssets Under Management: $38 BillionSpecialization: Thematic Investing, Income Solutions, International AccessNumber of Funds: Over 100 Business Challenge Global X ETFs, a pioneer in thematic investing with a vast portfolio of over 100 funds, sought to

      Case Study: Executive Search for Chief Financial Officer at Wausau Supply

      Client: Wausau SupplyIndustry: Manufacturing / DistributionObjective: Recruit a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with extensive experience in Fortune 100 manufacturing environments. Background Wausau Supply, an employee-owned company known for its innovative manufacturing and distribution solutions, faced the challenge of managing its continued growth while maintaining its commitment to employee ownership values. The company sought a CFO

      Case Study: CFO Executive Search for Addition Financial

      Client: Addition Financial Credit UnionIndustry: Financial Services/ BankingObjective: Recruit a proven industry experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to support and guide financial strategies for the billion-plus asset institution. Background Addition Financial, a prominent billion+ asset credit union based in Lake Mary, Florida, sought to enhance its leadership team by recruiting a Chief Financial Officer with

      Case Study: Recruiting an Operations Counsel for Adapt Health

      Client: Adapt HealthIndustry: HealthcareObjective: Hire an Operations Counsel to support the company’s multi-state, multi-division operations. Background Adapt Health, a prominent provider in the healthcare sector, operates across multiple states and divisions, delivering comprehensive home medical equipment and services. As the company expanded, managing legal complexities related to healthcare regulations, mergers, acquisitions, and operational compliance became

      Case Study: Recruiting a Government Affairs Professional for Total Wine

      Client: Total Wine & MoreIndustry: Retail (Specialty – Alcoholic Beverages)Objective: Recruit a proven Government Affairs Professional with expertise in local, state, and federal regulations. Background Total Wine & More, America’s largest independent retailer of fine wine, spirits, and beer, is expanding its operations across multiple states. As such, navigating the complex regulatory environment associated with

      President Commercial Real Estate

      The Need  One of the east coast’s largest multi family real estate companies, Beacon Communities based in Boston, was in need of a highly experienced President of Property Management when a long term executive of the company announced their retirement. This position was highly transformative, overseeing seven regional SVPs, a growing portfolio of 140 diverse

      Head of Capital Markets – Solar Energy

      The Need  As the nation’s first consumer lending platform for solar energy, Sungage’s proprietary platform was scaling quickly and the CEO needed to diversify their capital sources to the fuel the rapidly growing residential solar loan program while providing consumers the most competitive rates available. The Solution Working with the CEO and executive staff, Cowen

      Global Head of Tax

      The Need: Tax Leadership Paradigm, the world’s largest Web3, Crypto, and Blockchain venture capital firm needed to address the evolving crypto and blockchain tax climate for their funds and portfolio companies globally. Cowen Partners Executive Search was identified as a strategic partner due to our deep understanding of global tax, tax laws, lobbying, and venture

      Global NGO Chief of Staff

      The Need BOMA is a U.S nonprofit organization and Kenyan NGO that provide the people and governments of Africa’s drylands with economic inclusion programs that increase resilience to multiple crises. BOMA retained Cowen Partners to find a Chief of Staff reporting into the CEO. BOMA is implementing a new strategic growth plan and needed a

      Case Study: CEO Succession Search for Bi-Mart by Cowen Partners

      Executive Summary Bi-Mart, a leading employee-owned retailer with over 70 stores and a legacy spanning back to 1955, faced a significant transition challenge with the retirement of its long-serving CEO. Recognizing the need for a strategic approach to find a suitable successor, Bi-Mart enlisted Cowen Partners, a prominent executive search firm. This case study outlines

      CFO Billion+ Energy Provider

      The Need Vicinity Energy, the nation’s largest district energy provider, had just been spun off from Veolia, one of the world’s largest public service providers, and they needed a CFO. Now owned by a French private equity group and with significant financial reporting, acquisitions, and integrations on the horizon, the CFO needed to have significant

      Case Study: Executive Recruitment for Ocean Beauty

      Introduction Ocean Beauty Seafoods, recognized as one of the nation’s largest seafood providers, recently expanded its operations with the construction of a new, state-of-the-art processing facility. To manage this critical expansion, Ocean Beauty sought to recruit a highly qualified General Manager capable of steering the new facility towards operational excellence and increased profitability. This case

      Pre IPO Sales, Marketing, and Finance

      The Need Fast growing and privately held Consumer Edge is one of the nation’s leading providers of alternative data to the world’s largest hedge funds and consumer brands. Lead by its CEO and Chief Revenue Officer, the company contacted Cowen Partners to help build out enterprise sales, data partnerships, demand generation marketing, and finance functions.

      Chief Technology Officer Search & IPO

      The Need The largest privately owned coffee chain in the U.S., owned by TSG Consumer Capital, was rapidly scaling to go public and needed an experienced Chief Technology Officer to modernize the company’s information technology systems, including fulfillment, inventory, POS, app, and drive through systems, with the goal of supporting continued growth. Ultimately, they tasked

      Enterprise Sales Leadership Recruiting

      The Need One of the nation’s largest performance management and business analytics consultancies was having trouble identifying, retaining, and recruiting qualified sales leadership. The company had relied unsuccessfully on referrals, job ads, and third-party recruiters for years without success. Experiencing high turnover and declining revenue, eCapital Advisors retained Cowen Partners to recruit a new board

      COO for National Fitness Chain

      The Need Svetness Fitness, one of the fastest growing in home personal training companies in the United States, retained Cowen Partners to find their first Chief Operating Officer. Svetness was experiencing double digit growth and had obtained the capital, and expertise of a private equity group to expand operations and they needed a COO who could

      General Counsel Supporting Sales

      The Need  ETR (Enterprise Technology Research) needed a General Counsel to support their enterprise sales team in negotiations with some of the world’s largest technology companies, be a data privacy compliance and regulatory planning subject matter expert, and a strategic business partner to the CEO and Board. The Solution Cowen Partners met with each of

      Global Human Resources Leader

      The Need  Sciforma, an award-winning provider of portfolio and project management software, retained Cowen Partners to find a global leader of human resources. As Sciforma planned for future growth across the United States, Europe, and India, they needed a strategic HR Executive that could elevate the function and be a key business partner the executive team.  The Solution

      COO & CFO for Fast-Growing CPG Company

      The Need Fast-growing consumer packaged goods company, LadyBoss Health & Weight Loss, had become a $200 Million business, ranking #4 on the Inc. Fastest Growing 500 list. Managed entirely by husband and wife co-founders it was time to hire some professional management to take the company to the next level. Including operations, finance, and marketing.

      REIT VP of Tax

      The Need  Unico Properties, one of the West Coast’s largest commercial real estate investment companies was right sizing and internalizing their strategic tax function when they contacted Cowen Partners for help identifying the right person.   The Solution In partnership with the CFO, CHRO, and head of Talent Acquisition Cowen Partners profiled Unico’s ideal candidate,

      A Look At Our 4-Step Executive Recruiting Process


      Cowen Partners has a proven executive recruitment process for finding, vetting, and providing curated candidates lists filled with top talent that lead to trajectory level growth for your company. Our process has been field tested and proven to work. This process is how we successfully place candidates across the entire C-suite range in every type of industry.


      Our greatest advantage is transparency of our process. Other executive search firms obscure their process, use confusing acronyms that are hard to understand, and purposefully conceal what they are doing. We know our process works and that other firms don’t have the skill to duplicate it. That’s why we share it with our clients before we are retained. Discover how you’ll find your next candidate by reviewing our process below.


      1: Tailor Our Search Strategy


      Every organization and industry is unique. There’s no ONE solution that will work for everyone. That’s why we work with your hiring managers and team members to identify what the right fit is by:

      • Identifying the core competencies they need
      • Matching their personality to your company culture
      • Matching compensation to expectation


      Our senior led executive search team finds these details using competitive compensation analysis to understand how location, industry, and economic trends determine fair valuation. This analysis allows us to fairly value their talents so you attract the right list of high-caliber candidates.


      2: Find And Curate Candidates


      After we’ve established the key traits we are looking for and what compensation will incentivize them, our team begins the recruitment drive. We reach out to matching candidates using existing lists and our network of resources.


      Our experience shows that the right candidate is identified 90% of the time in the first 30 days with this process.


      This process generates a list of 50-200 qualified candidates for an executive search. During this process, we stay in touch with you so we can work together to tighten search parameters for filtering. This is key to when we start the connecting process.


      3: Curating & Qualifying Candidates


      After we’ve established a list of qualified candidates, we move to evaluations. Our team implements the 10/5/2 search method. Here’s how it works:


      We take the qualified list and narrow it to the top ten candidates based on the qualifications, experience, company objectives, culture and behavioral fit our team established with yours. We schedule a meeting with the key members of your team to curate that list to the top 5 candidates. 


      We take the top 5 candidates through a rigorous, person led, due diligence process. This includes competency-based interviews, deep dive personality and culture assessments, and more. Our process is nuanced so we can tailor down to a list of bespoke picks ensuring immediate results. This approach also protects you from getting the right talent but the wrong fit for your company objectives and culture (mismatches, on average, costs clients $240,000).


      This process finds your next leader in as little as 6-9 weeks.


      4: Selecting Your Candidate


      Once our executive search team has narrowed your options, we share the results. You get a deep look into your candidates’ competency evaluations and behavioral assessments. You then get to select the two most qualified finalists.


      Our team matches your needs to our referencing process. Every step of the process is tailored to your needs and ideal outcome. From here, you move into negotiations. These are simple and transparent conversations due to pre-vetting and the compensation analysis from earlier.


      From here, the timeline shifts to your company and moves at your pace. We support you so you can act with both urgency and purpose.


      Once you reach an agreement, our team works with you to ensure onboarding moves quickly. We also schedule consistent check-ins to ensure the candidate is proving the right fit for your company’s long-term goals.


      Are you ready to connect with world class talent to grow your organization? Contact us using the form below and we’ll connect you with the right executive leader necessary for trajectory level growth.

      Join Our Nationally Ranked Executive Search Firm

      Do you have what it takes to find and recruit world-class executive talent for our clients?


      An Innovative Workspace

      At Cowen Partners, we pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of the executive recruiting field. We invest heavily in tools that support research, and our methods are continually redesigned, tested, and improved. We aren’t afraid to try new executive recruiting strategies and explore new ideas. Part of the reason our firm is nationally ranked is because we listen to our executive recruiters, carefully reviewing their feedback and giving them a voice in the company.


      An Opportunity for Growth

      When you become an executive recruiter for Cowen Partners, you enter a stable career track with many opportunities for growth. We understand you want to be challenged and to continue growing professionally. When you join our company, you’ll have the chance to lead unique client projects that will not only help clients successfully grow their business but will also keep you engaged with your work. If you’re looking for an exciting challenge with plenty of rewards, we have a plethora of opportunities for you to tackle.


      The Perfect Work/Life Balance

      To work hard, we believe our employees need plenty of rest which is why we offer a generous amount of paid time off. A healthy work/life balance is crucial to the happiness of our employees and makes it easier for everyone to do their job well. The office is also located in a walkable neighborhood, so employees have the opportunity to stretch their legs and take in the fresh air during the workday. We did our best to create a modern office where employees can feel at home and take advantage of flexible work hours.


      A Competitive Compensation

      In order to recruit the best talent for our clients, we need top talent working for our firm, which is why Cowen Partners offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package to all executive recruiters. We recognize the talent and experience you bring to the table, and we know you deserve to be fairly compensated for your skills. Along with a generous salary, Cowen Partners provides the resources you need to be successful in your position. Together with a team you can work to achieve great things for our clients. Your hard work will also be recognized by our company through bonuses and other compensation opportunities.


      A Diverse Workplace 

      Cowen Partners is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace. We want employees to feel at home in the office and safe to be their true selves. Respect is of the upmost importance at Cowen Partners, and we strive to build a workplace that fosters empowerment and belonging amongst our employees. We believe having a diverse and inclusive workforce is part of what makes our team successful.  Different perspectives bring new ideas and innovative methods for achieving success. If you have a unique perspective to bring to the table, we want you on our team.

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