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.





      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.


      With our well-established recruitment processes and guaranteed results, we have successfully placed hundreds of candidates in industries including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, financial services, and real estate.


      Interested in learning more? Let’s talk. Our partner-owned model is the guarantee you need to get the qualified candidates you require. We deliver on our guarantee by matching an experienced senior partner to every engagement, from first call to final placement. Start the journey to find and place your next executive by filling out the contact form.



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        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. We have developed some of the most effective private equity recruiting strategies to expedite the process of placing top talent at private equity portfolio companies across the nation.

        B2B 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


        Chief Technology Officer

        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.


        Chief Marketing Officer

        Retained by a global private equity backed manufacturer of OEM automotive parts to identify a Chief Marketing Officer for the USA.

        Chief Financial Officer

        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 IPO

        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


        Martech VP Sales & Marketing

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


        eCommerce Chief Marketing Officer

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

        Why Expertise Matters in Private Equity


        Private equity professionals need a diverse array of interdisciplinary skills. The right blend of vision, passion, and drive — paired with a strong instinct for picking the right investment opportunities — is critical to a firm’s success. 


        Our 12-step due diligence process, backed by our senior partners’ years of experience, allows our private equity clients to leverage intricate knowledge of the industry and locate the right talent across disparate pools. 


        We don’t find executives for our clients — we curate them. Our long-standing connections within the private equity circles allow us to connect with world-class leaders and place them in your leadership-ready roles. 


        A Cowen Partners search goes beyond database recruiting. We provide invaluable industry insights that dig deeper into the precise talent pool necessary for a private equity-focused environment. 

        Professionalism with a Personal Touch


        The private equity industry is highly specialized with many complex organizational structures. Portfolio companies must find transformational talents to guide their firms through the transition phase and onward to future success. Finding a proven executive search company is a critical step toward connecting with the incredible team of experts who will drive your company’s future growth. 


        Our clients remain our top priority, so we extend that personalized service to each of them. When you work with Cowen Partners, we start by getting to know your general company culture and specific position needs. We believe that great leaders emerge from excellent relationships, not job postings. You can rely on our professional headhunters to get elite talent into your fold. 

        Find the Right Leader, Invest in Success


        Human capital is a critical piece of the puzzle for the success of any private equity enterprise. Management’s values, motivation, and vision determine how smoothly operations run. Our top executive search experts can assist you in identifying talented individuals with:


        • Interdisciplinary skill sets
        • Emotional intelligence
        • Managerial competence 
        • Intercultural acclimatization


        Cowen Partners’ private equity executive recruiters have widespread experience working with clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, pre-IPO private-equity-backed operations, and middle-market activities. Our search results will help cement your position as a powerhouse in the industry with the right team at the helm. 

        Functional Leadership Placements 


        A private equity management team requires a delicate balance of interpersonal skills and strengths. This balance is essential to providing the necessary leadership to steady the organization through any transitory period. Finding it means locating exceptional candidates who can easily pick up roles without any contractual or fundamental delays. 


        Whether you’re looking for a private equity CEO, CFO, CMO, CIO, CHRO, or any other executive, Cowen Partners will find the perfect candidate for your opportunity. 

        Guaranteed Client Satisfaction


        Greater minds translate into superior results for our private equity clients. You need the peace of mind that any professionals you pick will match your vision for your firm and will drive the best outcome possible. 


        The Cowen Partners team works tirelessly to ensure that our clients are satisfied with our services. It doesn’t matter what your hiring needs are — we will find you candidates who will exceed your expectations and do so expeditiously. Our average turnaround when filling executive positions is 38 days. 


        We’re committed to providing reliable services that have a lasting impact on our clients’ bottom lines. Our team strives to be transparent, honest, and ethical in our dealings, which is one of the reasons why Cowen Partners boasts of a 99% client retention rate. If you feel dissatisfied with our executive recruitment services, you have a 365-day replacement guarantee. We can assist you in finding a better candidate to fill your leadership role. Our experts will go above and beyond to ensure you are satisfied with your choice. 

        Making the Right Connections

        Tapping the right talent pool may require casting a wider net. Sometimes, that’s how you bring in skilled and experienced leaders who can kick start immediately. Leveraging our cross-border connections and four-step verification process can ensure you get access to choice, curated candidates. 


        Our global networks can deliver a wider and more in-depth search for your new executives. Whatever your talent needs are, Cowen Partners can help you find, vet, and recommend the ideal candidates for the job. 


        Are you ready to kickstart your journey to find incredible talent for your private equity firm? Get in touch with us using our email form today and speak to an expert about your hiring dilemma.


        National Private Equity Executive Search Firm | How Our Private Equity Executive Recruiters Help


        Private Equity Executive Search | Best Private Equity Executive Recruiters | Cowen Partners

        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, Indianapolis, 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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