About Us

Buffkin / Baker is a partner-led, global firm recruiting outstanding leaders who impact and transform organizations.  We pride ourselves on our commitment to exceptional execution through our agility, creativity, responsiveness, integrity, experience, and marketplace knowledge. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and each has over a decade of retained search experience. We recruit leaders in Digital Marketing/Technology, Healthcare, Media/Entertainment, Higher Education, and Non-Profit. The firm serves public, private, venture, and private equity backed companies. Our office locations include Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Winston Salem, with affiliate offices in London. The company is a member of Panorama Search, an international federation of retained firms with 22 firms and over 50 offices globally.

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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.

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

News Briefings

Buffkin / Baker Seeks Chancellor for University of Mississippi

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin / Baker has been enlisted to find the next chancellor for the University of Mississippi. Managing partner Martin Baker is leading the assignment. The chancellor, who serves at the university’s chief executive officer, reports through the commissioner of higher education to the Mississippi board of trustees of state institutions of higher learning, the

Search Firms Partner to Find New Commissioner for Southern Conference

Executive search firms College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin / Baker have collaborated to recruit Ohio University director of athletics Jim Schaus as the new commissioner of the Southern Conference. Atlanta-based College Sports, which managed the search, was chosen for its expertise in finding athletics leaders, while Buffkin/ Baker, based in Brentwood, TN, offered prowess in tapping top academic

Buffkin/ Baker Lands Diversity Head for Dalton School

Executive recruitment firm Buffkin/ Baker has helped place the new director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for the Dalton School in New York City. Domonic Rollins comes to the private, college preparatory school from Harvard University, where he worked in the president’s office as a strategist and advisor on diversity, inclusion and belonging, and

Search Firms Partner to Find Next Southern Conference Commissioner

Executive search firms College Sports Solutions (CSS) and Buffkin / Baker are working together to find the next commissioner for the college athletic Southern Conference. Atlanta-based College Sports, which will manage the search, was chosen for its expertise in finding athletics leaders, while Buffkin/ Baker, based in Brentwood, TN, offered prowess in tapping top academic

Press Releases

The Buffkin Group Places New CEO at Tennessee Kidney Foundation

BRENTWOOD, TN, June 11, 2016 — The Buffkin Group has placed Heather Powell as the new CEO of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. The search was led by Roland Lundy, Partner with the Buffkin Group, as part of the firm’s Non-Profit vertical. Mrs. Powell joined the Tennessee Kidney Foundation team from Ronald McDonald House, where she served