CIO Partners is 100% focused in technology leadership searches across all industries and corporate sizes, from startups to Fortune 100 organizations.  Founded by a former CIO, we are uniquely positioned to provide access to exceptional, aligned technology leaders for our client partners.

It’s well known that hiring organizations experience the most difficulty in hiring for their technology roles.  These positions require a different approach.  While some other firms may excel in placing CEOs, CFOs, and COOs, we specialize in and understand the uniqueness of the top technology roles.  As result, CIO Partners has established strong national brand recognition among senior technology leaders and has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms.

Since our founding in 2001, our cornerstone belief has been that building deeper relationships with clients and truly understanding their technology, vision, and culture results in a more effective recruiting process.  This unique, value-based approach became the foundation of the company’s industry-leading CIO RightHireSM process, used to match the top 5% of technology professionals with the right organizations.

Through our CxO Professional NetworksSM, we have built and developed global networks of CIOs and CTOs.  These active memberships are comprised of 2,000+ technology leaders in industry-based, domain-based and regional networking groups.  It is because of these cultivated talent communities that we are typically able to present our candidate slate within 3 weeks of engagement and complete a search in 8-12 weeks (not months), with an average of 6-8 candidates submitted.

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With a cultivated candidate referral network, an innovative search process, and specific domain expertise, CIO Partners is recognized as the industry leader for technology executive searches at the CxO, VP, and Director level.

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With an established candidate referral network, an innovative search process, and specific domain expertise, CIO Partners is recognized as the leader for technology executive search at the CxO, VP, and Director level.

Utilizing a modified retained engagement model unlike traditional retained search firms – and with a 100% focus in the technology sector – our approach ensures that our client partners have a dedicated staff of search project resources focused on recruiting passive candidates.

Due to our deeply cultivated candidate networks and our honed ability to vet within our specialized niche, our typical slate of 6 – 8 candidates is presented within 3 weeks of engagement, and our average search is completed in 8 – 12 weeks – not months.

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News Briefings

CIO Partners Appoints Leader of Private Equity Practice

CIO Partners has named Jennifer Becker as the new managing director and leader of its private equity practice. “Jennifer’s knowledge in the private equity space and expertise in executive search position her to strategically lead our private equity practice,” said Joe Gross, president of CIO Partners. “Her appointment is a planned move to enhance our capabilities

CIO Partners Seeks Chief Information Officer for Northeastern University

The chief information officer is considered one of the most strategic roles in any organization. Still, recruiting within the function remains challenging, as skilled C-suite IT professionals are among the toughest to find, and move. CIO Partners has been retained by Northeastern University to lead in its search for a new CIO. The role of the

CIO Partners Retained by Together Credit Union to Fill Senior Position

CIO Partners has been selected by Together Credit Union as its exclusive partner to lead the search for the role of vice president of applications, IT strategy and strategic partnerships. This senior executive is a key influencer in the organization’s innovation maturity and acts as an evangelist for emerging technology and innovation. According to the search

CIO Partners Recruits Portfolio President and CIO for AccelerEd

CIO Partners recently placed Ashish Patel as portfolio president and chief information officer for UMGC Ventures’ AccelerEd. A seasoned technology executive, Mr. Patel brings more than 20 years of experience in IT services, consulting, and E-commerce operations to AccelerEd. As portfolio president and CIO, Mr. Patel leads the IT strategy and oversees the teams that

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CIO Partners Has Been selected by RailPros to Lead Their Search for Chief Information Office

RailPros is headquartered in Irving, Texas and has offices nationwide. Founded in 2000, they are exclusively focused on providing services to freight, passenger and transit rail carriers across North America. RailPros employs nearly 1,000 rail and transit engineers, construction managers, inspectors, design engineers, and field support staff, enabling them to service the full spectrum of

CIO Partners Again Earns Recognition by Forbes as One of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms

(June 1, 2020) CIO Partners®, a nationally-recognized retained search firm with a niche practice in digital and technology talent, was recognized today for a second time in two years by Forbes in their annual ranking of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms. – the top 200 executive search firms specialized in filling positions with salaries of

CIO Partners Selected to Seminole 100

(March 7, 2018) CIO Partners was named to Florida State University’s inaugural Seminole 100 during a ceremony on March 3rd at FSU’s University Center Club in Doak Campbell Stadium. Presented by FSU, the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, the FSU Alumni Association and Inc. Magazine, the Seminole 100 recognized the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned

CIO Partners Named to Inc. 5000 Hall of Fame

(Sept. 1, 2017) CIO Partners, a nationally-recognized retained search firm with a niche practice in digital and technology talent, announced that they have again been named to Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive annual ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. As a five-time honoree, CIO Partners entered the ranking’s Hall of Fame, an achievement