About Us

Buffkin / Baker is a partner-led team of executive search professionals recruiting leaders who impact and transform organizations. We provide a high-touch, tailored search process based on deep sector expertise. Our team delivers outstanding outcomes for clients through professional candidate interactions and exceptional search execution. We focus on healthcare, higher education, private equity, entertainment/media, digital, and non-profit. As leaders in their respective fields, each partner has over a decade of retained search experience. Combined, the firm’s partners have more than 175 years of search experience and more than 220 years of industry/operating experience. Office locations include Nashville, New York, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, with an affiliate office in London. Buffkin / Baker is a member of Panorama, a global community of over 400 leadership experts working together to promote a diverse perspective of leadership, embracing creative thinking, and sharing our expertise and experience to bring our clients the very best results.



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At Buffkin/Baker, its partners are experts in the verticals in which they specialize. This is one secret to their success in finding the right talent for clients’ organizations. The firm possess firsthand knowledge and understanding of the industries in which they work, and know what it takes to be successful in each of its domains. This understanding, partnered with their extensive network and proven process, allows the firm to effectively help clients with their important hiring decisions.

For them, success means not just finding a leader for our client companies but finding the right leader. The firm carefully evaluates clients’ company culture, specific organizational needs, and leadership talent to ensure they place an individual who is not only capable of excelling at the position, but who also is an ideal fit for that specific company culture and environment. At the end of the day, their 99% completion rate for their searches speaks for itself.

Solutions And Expertise

Buffkin / Baker is a retained, specialty boutique search firm composed of industry leaders. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and each has over a decade of retained search experience.

Combined, its partners have over 175 years of search experience and 210 years of industry experience.

  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Succession Planning
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Data/Analytics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • GM/Operations
  • Information/Digital
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical

News Briefings

Buffkin / Baker Assists Oklahoma State University in President Search  

Martin M. Baker of  Buffkin / Baker has assisted Oklahoma State University (OSU) in the recruitment of Kayse Shrum as the university’s 19th president. With her hiring Dr. Shrum will become the first woman to lead a public research institution in the state of Oklahoma. Dr. Shrum, currently president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS)

Buffkin / Baker Retained by Lees-McRae College to Find New Provost

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been selected to assist in the search for a new provost for Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. Managing partner Martin M. Baker is leading the assignment. Lees-McRae College is seeking a creative and dynamic provost who will provide active and engaged leadership across campus, serve as an advocate for the faculty,

Buffkin/ Baker Recruits Chief Revenue Officer for Alliant

Top-drawer chief revenue officers are commonly found at start-ups and smaller businesses and tend to the bottom line while the rest of the C-level team expand key partnerships, look for growth opportunities or source funding. That is changing, however, as larger businesses now view the CRO post as an essential, long-term role. Executive recruitment firm Buffkin

Buffkin / Baker to Assist Oklahoma State University in Search for Next President

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been selected to assist in the search for the next president of Oklahoma State University (OSU). Burns Hargis announced his plans to retire at the end of this academic year, on July 1, 2021. Managing partner Martin M. Baker is leading the assignment. The search process will include broad outreach to

Press Releases

Buffkin / Baker Names Jen Bradley New Partner

(Jan. 27, 2021) Buffkin / Baker, a partner-led executive search firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jen Bradley to partner, where she will be responsible for creating value for clients in both the firm’s healthcare and private equity practice. Bradley joined Buffkin / Baker in 2008 as an associate actively engaged in executive

Buffkin/Baker and The Blues Foundation Partner to Place Patricia Aden as New President & CEO

(Sept. 16, 2020) The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Wilson Aden as its next President & CEO. Aden brings more than three decades of non-profit management experience to the Foundation, with a specialization in the preservation and celebration of African American cultural resources. Her most recent experience as President &

Buffkin / Baker Taps Ken Carrick, Janny DeLoache to Bolster Higher Education Practice

(Sept. 9, 2020) Buffkin / Baker, a leading national retained search firm, is pleased to announce that Ken Carrick and Janny DeLoache, veteran executive recruiters, have joined the firm to bolster its thriving higher education practice. Carrick will serve as partner and DeLoache will be a principal at Buffkin / Baker. “We are thrilled to

Buffkin/Baker Places Larry Scott as Head Football Coach at Howard University

February 11, 2020 – Howard University Director of Athletics Kery Davis announced the hiring of Larry Scott as the football program’s new head coach. His first game coaching for Howard will be at the second annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic vs. Central State at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Sunday, September

Buffkin Baker Partner Places Chief Medical Officer: Unity Health Care Announces New Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jessica Henderson Boyd

Washington, D.C. – October 24, 2019 – After a lengthy national search, Unity Health Care (Unity) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Henderson Boyd, MD, as its new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) effective November 18th. Dr. Boyd comes to Unity with a wealth of experience in the delivery of health care to medically



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