Cowen Partners is the nation’s executive search firm, enabling companies to harness the power of human capital to fuel their success. Cowen Partners gives our clients access to the top 1% of human capital to create opportunities that accelerate their growth and market share. With Cowen Partners, clients can grow at scale, create value, and drive results with world class talent.

Our clients are both small and large, publicly traded, pre-IPO, private, and non-profit organizations. Clients are typically $50 million to multi-billion dollar revenue Fortune 1000 companies or have assets between $500 million to $15 billion. Successful placements span the entire C-Suite and include VP and director level leadership roles.

With our proven processes and guaranteed results, we have successfully placed hundreds of candidates in industries including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, financial services, and private equity.
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Why We Started Cowen Partners Executive Search
Cowen Partners saw an opportunity not being met in the market. We saw that most executive search firms had a narrow focus on specific regions, or working with one or two industries. Others were filled with partners whose processes were out of date with today’s modern demands. Or worse, large firms were overstaffed with eager grads who had zero experience and no senior team support.

Cowen Partners Focuses On One Principle: Quality
Our team was developed to anticipate clients’ needs proactively, then develop a wide variety of networks where personal attention replaced automated online job ads. The reason why? Due diligence. It’s why we successfully place top executive talent in 38 days, on average.

Cowen Partners | Precision Over Quantity
We believe in sending the right candidates right away. That’s why our model focuses on precise placement of key talent. You don’t want a massive list of candidates, you want a list of the right candidates ready to lead. That’s where we come in and why clients come back to us, again and again, to place executive leadership.

Our Team Places Talent For Trajectory Level Growth
When you choose Cowen Partners, you get senior partner led searches, due diligence run networking, candidate vetting, critical review, and high level teamwork geared towards one goal: placing top talent, right away, for your role. This is how we became, and stay, a leading team of executive search consultants. Are you ready to make your next role the right one for massive growth?

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News Briefings

Defining the Barriers of Inclusive Environments in the Workplace

Diverse and inclusive environments in the workplace should provide a sense of normalcy for organizations’ operations. According to Cowen Partners Executive Search, the benefits of establishing a diverse and inclusive workplace should be obvious, and they can include (but are not limited to): supporting the concept of diversity of thought among teams, increasing productivity and retention. and creating cohesiveness among

Cowen Partners Appoints Leader of New Sports and Entertainment Practice  

Cowen Partners Executive Search has named Sam Torres to lead the firm’s new sports and entertainment recruiting practice, which will focus on the five major U.S. sports leagues: the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS. The NCAA D1 Collegiate sports space will also be included, with an emphasis on senior leadership positions, including athletic directors. “We are

Cowen Partners Establishes New Venture Fund

Executive search firm Cowen Partners has launched a new venture fund that will focus solely on seed funding and early stage start-ups in the Pacific Northwest. The Cowen Partners Venture Fund has raised an undisclosed amount of money and is derived almost entirely from company and personal contributions of its founders, Shawn Cole and Ash

Cowen Partners Launches New Office in Vancouver, WA

With demand for executive recruitment growing across the Pacific Northwest, executive search firm Cowen Partners recently opened an office in Vancouver, WA. Leading the new location is Ash Wendt, founding partner. “I’ve been a long-time resident of Vancouver and watching the tremendous growth in recent years has been exciting,” said Mr. Wendt. “We can’t wait

Press Releases

Cowen Partners Continues to Expand Their National Executive Search Team by Hiring Jim O’Leary, Managing Director, Executive Search Consultant

Jim has been a retained executive recruiter for over 20 years, working with regional, national, and international businesses to find and attract senior executives to build dynamic high impact teams. As a fixture within the Pacific Northwest business community, Jim has partnered with CEOs and boards to build exceptional companies ranging from venture-backed startups to

Cowen Partners is Happy to Welcome Thomas Paik to The Team as Managing Director, Executive Search Consultant

Prior to joining Cowen Partners, Thomas was the Global Talent Acquisition Director for Mercy Corps – a leading international non-governmental organization focusing on senior level and executive searches. He Co-Founded the People of Color Affinity group in partnership with the executive team. Prior to Mercy Corps, Thomas recruited for Knowledge Learning, the nation’s largest early

Sam Torres to lead Cowen Partners’ new Sports and Entertainment Executive Search Division

Cowen Partners Executive Search announced today Sam Torres will lead the new Sports and Entertainment Executive Search Practice. Mr. Torres will serve as a senior advisor to C-Suite leaders and front office administrators in the executive recruitment process while also providing guidance on talent and sports business best practices. The Cowen Partners Sports and Entertainment