About Us

International Executive Search Federation is one of the world’s most recognized international executive search groups / associations. Identifying talent and leadership in more than 50 offices and 22 countries, we are globally known as “The Local Experts” because we understand regional markets and their specific needs when it comes to executive recruitment. We offer a fully customized, local approach to search projects, based on culture, regional economics and the local candidate marketplace. We never seek to impose a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Our search process is optimized to the local culture.

Sector Practices

We operate in 15 sector practices that bring sector specific leadership and knowledge directly to the client. Because our members are not just capital city based but nationally based on capital city representation, we have a deep understanding of the way regional businesses operate and can deliver talent with the appropriate cultural fit.

IESF has worldwide partners in:
• AsiaPac
• EMEA
• Americas

Global Reach with Local Knowledge

IESF enjoys global reach, helping international firms in mature markets while helping them forge ahead into emerging markets. Our local search consultants provide top value by finding the right talent to fit your exact needs. IESF’s success is built on a strong foundation of trust across cultures, values and principles with a strategic roadmap and dedicated member firms driven to deliver leaders across the globe for their clients. We have forged strong relations with partners in all member nations through regular regional meetings and practice groups built around vertical and geographic markets. We know our partners personally and understand their businesses and executive search strategies.

Achievements

Partners

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IESF enjoys global reach, helping international firms in mature markets while helping them forge ahead into emerging markets. Our local search consultants provide top value by finding the right talent to fit your exact needs. IESF’s success is built on a strong foundation of trust across cultures, values and principles with a strategic roadmap and dedicated member firms driven to deliver leaders across the globe for their clients. We have forged strong relations with partners in all member nations through regular regional meetings and practice groups built around vertical and geographic markets. We know our partners personally and understand their businesses and executive search strategies.

Solutions And Expertise

IESF operates in 15 sector practices that bring sector specific leadership and knowledge directly to the client. Because our members are not just capital city based but nationally based on capital city representation, we have a deep understanding of the way regional businesses operate and can deliver talent with the appropriate cultural fit.

Solutions
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Career Services
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Onboarding
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Recruitment Research
Industries
  • Accounting/Audit
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Agriculture
  • All Industries
  • Alt. Investments
  • Asset Management
  • Associations
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Clinical Research
  • Cloud Based
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Commercial Banking
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Corporate Banking
  • Cultural Arts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Devices
  • Digital
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Environmental Service
  • Faith Based
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Foundations
  • Global Markets
  • Government
  • Healthcare Services
  • Hedge Funds
  • High Tech
  • Industrial
  • Industrial Products
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Investment Banking
  • Investment Mgmt.
  • K-12
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Luxury
  • Machine Learning
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources
  • Non-Profit
  • Oil & Gas
  • Payments/Processes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Sovereign Wealth
  • Sports
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Trade Finance
  • Transportation
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Wealth Management
Functions
  • Advertising
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • C-Level
  • C-Suite
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Customer Service
  • Data/Analytics
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Investor Relations
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

7 Executive Search Trends to Impact Recruiting Firms in 2022

January is always a great time to reflect and to look ahead. Among the many problems faced over the last 12 months, top-level search strategies have had to adapt to change. “2021 has posed many challenges for organizations: continued restrictions, persisting uncertainty, managing hybrid workforces and closed borders,” said a new report from the International Executive Search Federation (IESF). In its

The International Executive Search Federation Names President

The International Executive Search Federation (IESF) has appointed Gertjan van de Groep of IESF The Netherlands (Van de Groep & Olsthoorn Executive Search) as its new president. He takes over from Victor Carulla from IESF Spain (Headway Executive Search) who is stepping down after completing three years as president. Mr.  van de Groep has been a partner of IESF since

The International Executive Search Federation Adds Find Great People to Network

The International Executive Search Federation (IESF) has added Find Great People, a talent acquisition and human resources consulting firm, to its international network. This expansion is in line with the expansion strategy of IESF to be represented worldwide as a growing international organization. “As a new member of our network, we welcome Find Great People,” said Victor Carulla

The International Executive Search Federation Launches Advisory Board

The International Executive Search Federation (IESF) has introduced an advisory board. “The aim is that this body will not only enhance the international network reputation and credibility but will also provide the president and current members of the leadership council with valuable knowledge, information, lessons learned, insights and ideas,” IESF said. “The main goal of the advisory board

Press Releases

New President, Treasurer at IESF

(Oct. 15, 2021) The International Executive Search Federation is proud to announce that Gertjan van de Groep of IESF The Netherlands (Van de Groep & Olsthoorn Executive Search) has taken on the role of President of IESF. Gertjan van de Groep is partner of IESF since 2015. Gertjan has served on the IESF board as

IESF Expands International Network in the U.S.

(Aug. 10, 2021) IESF, the International Executive Search Federation, is pleased to announce that the organization is now represented by a new partner in the United States. We welcome Find Great People to our international network. This expansion is in line with the expansion strategy of IESF to be represented worldwide as a strong and

IESF Welcomes Ruud Executive from Norway to its International Network

(July 13, 2021) IESF is pleased to announce that the organization is now also represented in Norway, by RUUD Executive. This expansion is in line with the strategy of IESF to be strongly represented worldwide as a growing international organization and to serve their clients needs across country borders. Tor-Egil Ruud is RUUD Executive’s founder

IESF Launches Advisory Board to Support Business Strategy and Decision-Making

(April 26, 2021) The International Executive Search Federation – IESF – introduces an Advisory Board. Aim is that this body will not only enhance the international network reputation and credibility but will also provide the President and current members of the Leadership Council with valuable knowledge, information, lessons learned, insights and ideas. The main goal

IESF in the Top 40 Global Talent Providers 2021 by Hunt Scanlon

(April 19, 2021) IESF has been included in the Global 40 by Hunt Scanlon, the list of global Executive Search Firms that now dominate the recruiting business worldwide. Founded in 2002, IESF is one of the most recognized executive search associations in the world. Currently, it is composed of 21 boutique firms highly specialized in