Private Equity Executive Search Firm


      Cowen Partners is a leader among the nation’s top private equity executive search firms. Nothing drives results and creates value for our private equity clients like finding them their next leader. Our hands-on private equity executive recruiters have deep experience working with M&A, middle market companies, and pre-IPO growth, providing top talent and diverse candidates to fit an array of C-suite and VP leadership recruitment needs.


      Cities include New York City, Anchorage, Baltimore, Nashville, Miami, New Orleans, Atlanta, Kansas City, Chicago, Houston, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Phoenix, and beyond.


      Clients are typically $10 million plus in revenue and successful placements span the entire C-Suite (CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Operating Partner, etc.) and include vice president human resources, sales & marketing, and director level leadership roles.


      Private Equity Executive Search Examples

      Few private equity search firms offer the impressive breadth of experience, talent, and resources that Cowen Partners does. Here are some of the most recent placements successfully completed by our executive recruiters.


      Software SaaS Sales Executive Search

      Retained to headhunt, proven sales people with established C-Suite contacts at Fortune 1000s nationally for a fast-growing, private equity-backed software company. Minneapolis, MN


      Private Equity Chief Legal Officer

      Placed an experienced General Counsel with deep intellectual property (IP) experience in the software space. San Francisco, CA


      Consumer Services

      Retained by a pre-IPO $400m consumer services company to recruit a Chief Technology Officer to provide advanced integration and communication of 600+ locations and digital customer acquisition.


      Referral Company

      Took over an unsuccessful CFO search for an industry-leading private equity-owned $100M referral services company. New York City, New York


      Employee Engagement App

      Successfully placed an IPO and public company experienced Corporate Controller for a $40M employee engagement software company with an IPO in two months. Seattle, WA



      Recruited a proven VP of Sales and built a team of SDR’s and Account Executives for a well-known mid-market private equity-backed marketing software company. Portland, Oregon



      Built the marketing function of a recently acquired private equity portfolio company, including Chief Marketing Officer and Customer Success Manager. Atlanta, Georgia

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        Our hands-on private equity executive recruiters have extensive experience working with private equity backed companies. Clients are typically $50 million in revenue to Fortune 1000’s. Successful placements span the entire C-Suite – CEOChief Operating OfficerChief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and include vice president sales, general counsel, operating partners, and other director-level leadership roles.


        Cowen Partners delivers 3X more qualified candidates than the competition. Through our proven retained executive search process, our private equity executive recruiters find, vet, and deliver the top 1% of candidates for positions across the C-suite. Our process works for all industries, including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, real estate, financial service, and more.


        Learn how we deliver top private equity talent, no matter the need, with our industry-leading research and resources. Discover the strategy that made Cowen Partners the top executive search firm in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, and beyond.

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        Private Equity Executive Search Placements & Resources


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

        CEO Healthcare

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

        CFO Bank

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

        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 ...

        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 ...

        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 ...

        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 ...

        VP HR Seafood Company

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

        CEO Specialty Pharmacy

        We have never seen this much activity from a recruiter ...

        VP Talent Acquisition

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