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 Others were filled with partners whose processes were out of date with today’s modern demands.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

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

Record Number of Women Win Directorships but Gender Parity Lags

The percentage of women appointed to fill new board seats on U.S. Fortune 500 companies in 2018 was the highest ever at 40 percent, double the percentage over the past decade, according to a new report by Heidrick & Struggles. This group of businesses filled a record 462 vacant or newly-created board seats with independent

Recruiters Up Their Game in Diversity

All too often, search firms compare themselves to the professional services offered by a law firm or management consultant. The firm wants to offer, then reap, all the benefits of a trusting (and at times, confidential) client relationship, but assume none of the related responsibilities. In order to offer a similar high-caliber suite of professional


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Succession Planning for Family Businesses
General Counsel vs. Chief Legal Officer (GC vs. CLO)
The Role of Personality in the Workplace: Are Personality Tests Accurate?
Cultural Fit Interview Questions: Examples of Best Practices
How to Conduct a Cultural Fit Assessment
Inclusive Leaders – What Are Their Roles in a Workplace?
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Hiring an Effective CMO
Using KPIs to Enhance Business Insights for the CFO
Unconscious Bias – The Main Barrier for Developing Inclusive Environments in the Workplace
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2022 Trends in Executive Search
Marketing Communications Plans – How Do They Convey the Message about an Organization’s DEI Strategy?
Why Strategic Plans Play an Integral Role in Successful DEI Program Implementation
Customer Success: What It Means, Why It Matters, and More
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When to Hire an Executive Coach
DEI Talent Acquisition Strategies
What Does a General Counsel Do?
Solutions to Modern Leadership Challenges
Demand for Cybersecurity Talent
5 Diversity Recruiting Strategies Used by the Fortune 500
How to Identify the Right CEO Candidates for Private Equity Firms
Top Diversity Recruiting Strategies for 2022
Chief Marketing Officer Recruitment
The Rising Demand for Talent in Cybersecurity
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Private Equity CEO Recruiting Strategies for 2022
How to Find the Right CFO for your Business
CEO Succession Planning Done Right
The Evolving Roles CPOs, CHROs & CAOs: How They Can Improve the Workplace in 2022
Cowen Partner’s Top 5 Executive Search Articles & Trends in 2021
A Profile of the Modern Chief Marketing Officer CMO
Chief Financial Officer CFO Equity Grant
How to Hire for a SaaS Sales Team

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Stadium Reopening: Highlighting Improvements
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Cowen Partners – In the News
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CFO Dive Quotes Cowen Partners’ Shawn Cole
Cowen Partners is a Regular Contributor to Recruiter
Cowen Partners Featured by Bloomberg
Cowen Partners Quoted by Fortune Magazine
Cowen Partners Named to Clutch 1000 Top Service Providers
Cowen Partners Writes for the Puget Sound Business Journal
Cowen Partners Defines The Modern Credit Union CFO

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