Founded in 1994, The Bowdoin Group is an executive search firm that specializes in executive and strategic roles, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) services, and major team expansions for a wide range of companies, from small firms building out their executive team to larger firms sourcing talent for rapid market expansion.

With deep expertise in BioPharma, Digital Health, FinTech and Financial Services, and Software and Technology, The Bowdoin Group is a national leader with the ability to source talent and service companies globally. The company’s service reputation has earned it a ranking in the top 2% of the recruiting industry for client satisfaction year after year, and most recently won Best of Staffing 2019 Diamond Awards for both Client and Talent based on our NPS of 80 (compared to the staffing industry average of 24). The Bowdoin Group is also active in supporting the biotech entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as several non-profit causes, including Life Science Cares, NEVCA, Hack Diversity, and FinTech Sandbox.

At The Bowdoin Group, we take the service part as seriously as the search itself. Going beyond just filling a position, we add strategic advisement and expertise to zero in on how we can make you more successful. Customized, personalized service, along with an enviable record of finding the best talent (that stays) keeps 86% of our clients coming back for additional searches. Your requirements, goals, and industry are unique. You need to trust that your search partner is an extension of your team – finding the optimal fit based on skills, experience, diversity and culture.  Our practice leaders have deep expertise in executive and leadership search, as well as the nuances for the industries they each serve. Above all, the personal attention and our partnership model have been ingrained into our culture from day one.

Solutions and Expertise

Our clients are redefining, challenging, changing, and embracing the future at a rapid pace – and we’re right there with them. Let us help you along your journey – let’s build the future together.

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Search
  • Flex RPO
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Recruitment Research
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Financial Services
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Venture Capital
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Development
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

The Bowdoin Group Appoints Senior Finance Leader

The Bowdoin Group, a Boston-based executive search firm, has expanded with the addition of Terri Ryan as vice president of finance. She brings a strong finance background to The Bowdoin Group and experience in building and managing companies in high growth environments with increasing levels of complexity. Ms. Ryan has over 25 years of experience

10 Tips for Networking with Executive Recruiters During COVID-19

As invaluable as executive search firms are for companies, they can also make a tremendous difference in the careers of professionals who are in the market for a new job. During COVID-19, what can be more important for an aspiring job changer than tapping into the right recruiter’s network for forethought as well as networking

Is the Person You Know the Best Person for the Job?

We’ve all heard someone say, “I’ve got the perfect person for this job.” You’re probably thinking, “Great. That makes my life easier.” But what if the recommender is biased? What if there’s a much better candidate out there? What if the person being referred is the best candidate? A new report by Paul Manning of The Bowdoin Group

Demand is Rising for Executive Recruiters . . . Here’s Why

It’s an all-out war for talent these days, according to recruiters and talent leaders, and that’s making demand for executive search firms stronger than ever. But recruiting agencies must evolve to compete. The Bowdoin Group founder and CEO Dave Melville believes search firms must revise their approach or go the way of the dinosaurs, and

Press Releases

Thinking About Hiring a COO? Here’s What You Need to Know

June 30, 2020 – In today’s competitive business environment, many organizations are proud of their bootstrapped origins. Building a thriving company with a team and a handful of founders is practically the new American dream. But for most companies, there comes a point where you want to position yourself for growth and your current processes

Blog: Weathering the Storm: How Competitive Firms are Prioritizing Hiring

March 24th, 2020 – Sean Walker, Partner –  Well, this is certainly a period of time that we’ll be discussing for decades to come.  I’ve heard it referred to as “The Spring We Stayed Home” or “The Global Pause.”  Needless to say, what we are going through is something none of us have lived through

The Bowdoin Group Wins ClearlyRated’s 2020 Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Awards

WALTHAM, Mass., – February 4, 2020 – The Bowdoin Group, an executive search firm with deep expertise in leadership search and strategic team expansions for growth-stage companies, announced today that they have again won both Best of Staffing Client and Talent Diamond Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates for at least five consecutive years. ClearlyRated’s

The Bowdoin Group Named a Largest Executive Search Firm in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal

WALTHAM, Mass., April 4, 2019 – The Bowdoin Group, an executive search firm with expertise in executive search and strategic team expansions for innovative companies, was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Largest Executive Search Firms in Massachusetts” for 2018. The executive search firms highlighted in this list were were determined by revenue generated by executive-level


In the Media

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Executive search firm The Bowdoin Group promoted Scott Aldsworth to president. Aldsworth had joined the firm in 2016 as chief revenue officer. In addition, Katelyn Marini was promoted to managing director.
The Bowdoin Group was ranked #186 in a recent Forbes America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms


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