About Us

De Forest Search has over 25 years of experience connecting you with in-demand talent. Backed by the power of Sanford Rose, one of the Top 10 Executive Search Firms in the US, we excel in challenging, critical and confidential roles. Our Clients range from start ups to iconic brands within the CPG, Entertainment, Toy and Digital industries.

Our mission is simple —to connect Clients with the best possible candidates without the burden of expensive retainers and long hiring cycles. On this premise, we’ve successfully placed thousands of leaders across every conceivable industry. While the hiring landscape is ever-changing, we remain a constant in our Client’s search strategy. We’re excited to become part of yours.

We’re focused on working with Clients to meet their hiring objectives. Whether working on a search for a global Fortune 100 company or assisting a venture-backed startup in their recruitment strategy, we approach every engagement with attention, urgency and confidentiality. It’s this approach along with an impressive track record that establishes us as a preeminent global search firm.

We’re not just recruiters, but a strategic partner in your organizational and cultural growth. We’ve dedicated our careers to understanding the modern workplace integrating this advanced knowledge into every placement.

Solutions And Expertise

Our Focus
While we’re confident in our ability to place candidates into any role within an organization, we’ve developed an expertise in placing candidates into exacting roles.

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Succession Planning
  • Advertising/Marketing
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  • Family Offices
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  • Internet
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Luxury
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  • Mobile
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  • Advertising
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  • C-Level Leaders
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
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  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
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  • Marketing & Sales
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  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

TalentoHCM Acquires De Forest Search

TalentoHCM has acquired De Forest Search, a Los Angeles-based executive search firm known for its 28-year history with Fortune 500 companies in consumer products, media and entertainment, alongside deep functional experience in sales, marketing, creative, product, ecommerce, human resources, finance and supply chain. Together, the combined organizations offer a broader human capital services menu and

De Forest Search Fills Key Post for Dr. Suess Enterprises

Manhattan Beach, CA-based De Forest Search recently recruited Vienna Downes as the new senior director of licensing and sales at Dr. Suess Enterprises, a children’s entertainment company committed to caretaking Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) legacy. As a global entertainment leader, Ms. Downes brings a progressive career in the toy and entertainment space to Dr. Seuss including Warner Bros.,

De Forest Search Places Head of Marketing for Confidence Drink  

Manhattan Beach, CA-based De Forest Search recently placed Cory Brunwasser as head of marketing at Confidence Drink. Maureen Christiansen led the assignment. “While Cory was not in the market for a new role, he could not pass up an opportunity to make his mark leading the marketing team in the functional beverage space,” De Forest Search

De Forest Search Recruits Marketing Leader for National Marine Manufacturers Association

Manhattan Beach, CA-based De Forest Search recently placed Kevin Williams as vice president of North American marketing at National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). “We have been so happy with the team, the process and the quality candidates from De Forest Search,” said Kate Plush, vice president of HR at National Marine Manufacturers Association. “They are so conscientious about keeping us up

Press Releases

May 2022: Featured Placement Katie Piepiora Senior Manager of Marketing and Advertising, Wellness Pet

Katie Piepiora brings 15 years of leading marketing teams in Food & Beverage to Wellness Pet. She is a Brand Steward and Storyteller who has been instrumental in growing emerging brands as well as reinvigorating well-established brands with breakthrough creativity and establishing a connection with consumers in a meaningful way. Whether it’s directing celebrities for

April 2022: Featured Placement Brett Gordon | Head of Talent Development, Next Insurance

Next Insurance is so excited to announce Brett Gordon is joining their growing leadership team as Head of Talent Development. His passion and experience in scaling companies and unlocking the potential of his team members fits perfectly with NEXT’s mission: to unlock the potential of small businesses and entrepreneurs through a customized, simplified digital insurance

January 2022: Featured Placement Vienna Downes Sr. Director of Licensing and Sales, Dr. Seuss Enterprises

As a global entertainment leader, Vienna brings a progressive career in the toy and entertainment space to Dr. Seuss including Warner Bros., Hasbro and MGA. Vienna is regarded as an inspirational charismatic thought leader with a stellar track record of cultivating high-performing teams and orchestrating winning innovative programs, successful client relationships and compelling strategies to

December 2021 Featured Placement: Shane Smith Director of Procurement, Rehrig Pacific Company

With a career like Shane’s in procurement, supply chain and logistics, coupled with six years specializing in purchasing resins for plastic products, Shane seemed like our unicorn for our Director of Procurement search. Plastics is part of his DNA and after Shane learned of the importance of sustainability to the CEO and the Rehrig Team,

November 2021 Featured Placement: Cory Brunwasser Head of Marketing, Confidence Drink

Upon graduating from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications and Rhetoric Studies, Cory Brunwasser has spent the last nine years creating the brand voice for many CPG companies in the healthy living food space. As a creative leader, storyteller, idea machine… Cory seemed like the ideal match to lead marketing of Confidence Drink as