in Executive Search®

The executive search firm where it's more than search, it's FIT3 ®

More than search,

it's FIT3®

At Howard & O'Brien™ we take a customized approach to every search to ensure you select the leader with the perfect fit. 

Combining the deep research and resources of a global executive search firm with the personal service and insight of a boutique search firm, we find the right talent to fit your specific needs. Whether you seek your next executive leader or Board of Directors member, you will get — and keep — executive level talent that fits your company, your needs, and your culture. The right fit is a fit that lasts.

Boutique Executive Search Firm

with National Reach

Founded in 2002, Howard & O’Brien provides an unmatched breadth of experience:

> Across Industries — ranging from consumer products and manufacturing to finance and healthcare to professional services and education.

> Across Functions — CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, CIOs, CTOs, general counsels, HR executives, executive VPs, Board of Directors, and more.

> Across Business Structures — encompassing publicly traded corporations, privately held and family-controlled companies to private equity firms, nonprofits, and academic institutions.

A personal touch

gets results

A personal touch, every time, ensures that each search is unique to your requirements and circumstances. And it shows in the results we get on your behalf:

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99 %

99% Completion Rate

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97 %

97% "Stickiness" Rate after One Year for C-Suite and BOD Positions

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85 %

85% Searches for Repeat Clients

The perfect fit

with clients

We immerse ourselves in our client’s culture, talk honestly with every candidate, and work diligently until the search is successfully completed. Our work is not complete until we ensure that the transition is seamless and the overall experience is satisfying for both clients and candidates.

Like your company, Howard & O’Brien has a culture. Here it means we treat your brand and your candidates with complete respect, which includes our commitment to keep everyone informed as the process progresses. And it makes a difference, as candidates tell us that they appreciate the follow-up that we have with them throughout the search.

Lee Ann Howard sums up our culture and lasting relationships with our clients like this: “Our goal is to become a valued partner with our client, so they come to us for all of their search needs.”