Barton Executive Search Names Talent Developer

Barton Executive Search names Ismail Muhammad VP

October 4, 2017 – Boutique recruiting firm Barton Executive Search has promoted Ismail Muhammad to vice president. Mr. Muhammad will lead and manage senior searches for the firm’s strategic client relationships and help to develop top talent and leadership.

Mr. Muhammad has progressive understanding of ecommerce and the omni-channel lens to the consumer-facing marketplace, the firm said. In addition, he has a history of delivering ethnic and gender diversity within a mature space, assisting Barton Executive Search clients in building leadership teams to better reflect their customers.

“Ismail has been highly successful in the search industry because he has a tireless work ethic, is an inquisitive learner, a collaborative leader with a competitive nature, while also having uncompromising integrity,” said Tim Barton, founder and managing partner. “He has a long-term view when representing the interests of both clients and candidates, which ensures the delivery of a strong culture and competency match. This leads to extraordinary results and lasting relationships between our clients and placed candidates.”

Progression through the Firm

Mr. Muhammad joined the firm as an intern over 11 years ago and progressed through roles in research, candidate development, intern program leader and client management. He is responsible for developing long-term candidate and client relationships within the sales, marketing, retail operations, ecommerce and general management functions within consumer-facing industries.

He is charged with helping Barton Executive Search clients develop and commercialize their omni-channel strategy by leveraging external talent and best practices. He also has responsible for strategic oversight of the Barton Executive Search internship program. Since the program’s inception in 2002, the firm has employed 64 interns. Mr. Muhammad came to the firm as part of its consultant management development training program.

Barton Executive Search was founded in 1989 by Mr. Barton, a 26-year executive search veteran. The firm specializes in identifying talent for board, CEO, president, general manager, C-level to mid-level sales, C-level to VP-level marketing, C-level HR and C-level finance positions. Its client base includes Fortune 500, mid-sized, small and private equity backed companies from an array of consumer related industries.


There have been a number of promotions at executive search firms in recent months. Here is a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Charles Aris Inc. promoted senior director of knowledge management Brian Styers to vice president of knowledge management and communications for his work in leading the firm’s efforts in research, marketing and digital strategy. In addition to overseeing the firm’s knowledge management division, Mr. Styers’ new role includes greater senior leadership responsibilities.

Witt/Kieffer promoted Paul Bohne and Donna Padilla as co-leads of the firm’s healthcare practice. They succeed Andrew P. Chastain, who was promoted to CEO in March. Mr. Bohne, currently senior partner and vice chair of Witt/Kieffer’s healthcare practice, has vast expertise in working with health systems and other organizations on senior level search assignments.

Lucas Group promoted two key players to bolster its ranks. Justin Martinez was named managing partner and leader of the firm’s IT practice and Aaron Silbert was tapped as branch practice manager to spearhead its HR business in New York. In his new role, Mr. Martinez leads an IT recruitment team with extensive expertise.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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