About Us

JM Search is a premier retained executive search firm and trusted advisor to CEOs, investors and boards of directors in recruiting, assessing and delivering high performance leaders and transformational leadership teams.

JM Search clients include private equity firms and portfolio companies, venture capital-backed businesses, and publicly held companies across North America. Founded in 1980, the JM Search team brings together former operating and financial executives, investors and experienced search professionals with deep industry specialization, functional expertise and proven access to talent spanning multiple industry sectors.

With national reach and local market depth, the firm’s partner-led approach enables JM Search to deliver exceptional leaders who enhance organizational performance and drive shareholder value.


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Our commitment to these principles, combined with our collective experience, distinct market expertise, and executive networks across industries, enables us to deliver the best possible outcome to every client, on each search.

We make sure that each client receives our complete focus and effort by limiting the number of searches any consultant conducts at a time. Our selectivity guarantees that each search is executed with quality, urgency, and unyielding focus, while assuring that we are free from the extensive “off-limits” restrictions that prevent large search firms from recruiting a substantial number of elite executives. Our ability to bring the best, most qualified candidates to the table for any search, regardless of position, industry or location, is unrivaled.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • CFO
  • CHRO
  • COO
  • CRO
  • CSO
  • IT
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Operations

News Briefings

5 Ways to Compete in Today’s Talent Market  

The amount of private capital raised and the associated deal activity this year have helped create a candidate-driven talent market. According to a new report from JM Search, proven operators open to considering new roles have found themselves with multiple compelling options to consider simultaneously, while companies continue to compete in the ever-escalating war for talent. “How

Linking Culture to Value, Growth and Performance

In the wake of COVID-19, broad and lasting changes to the workplace have advanced a more integrated approach to talent management built around culture. Organizations that once synchronized their talent to corporate vision, core values and strategic objectives are now aligning people around purpose. And for good reason: Building sustainable cultures in the long run

What’s Different About Hiring Leaders Today

Historically, priorities for hiring senior leadership were strongly focused on an individual’s technical (hard) skills, as well as focusing on candidates with direct industry and functional experience. This formula proved to be successful for many executive hires, but certainly not all. “Under these requirements, we saw too many losses, and sponsors and search firms were

JM Search Recruits CEO for The Parent Company

JM Search, a senior-level talent provider serving private equity investors, portfolio companies and Fortune 1000s, recently assisted in placing former Clorox Company executive Troy Datcher as the new chief executive officer of California-based cannabis firm The Parent Company. This represents the first time a black CEO will lead a major public U.S. cannabis organization. Current CEO Steve

Press Releases

JM Search Places Denyelle Bruno as Chief Executive Officer of California’s Largest Wholly- Owned Cannabis Company

(Nov. 16, 2021) JM Search, a premier retained executive search firm, announces today, the placement of Denyelle Bruno as Chief Executive Officer of Perfect Union , California’s largest wholly-owned cannabis company. Bruno brings over 25 years of experience building brands and businesses.  She was awarded 2020 CEO of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, among other prestigious

JM Search Supports the Recruitment of Troy Datcher as Chief Executive Officer of The Parent Company

(Sept. 8, 2021) JM Search, a premier retained executive search firm, today announces the placement of Troy Datcher as Chief Executive Officer of The Parent Company, California’s largest vertically-integrated cannabis company. Datcher joins The Parent Company from The Clorox Company, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer responsible for the Company’s worldwide

JM Search Announces the Hiring of Scott Wielar, Experienced Leader and Advisor to the Private Equity Ecosystem

(July 21, 2021) JM Search, a premier retained executive search firm, today announces the hiring of Scott Wielar as Partner in the Technology Practice. He brings expertise in both identifying and capitalizing on new growth opportunities and developing the requisite infrastructure and leadership teams to exploit on those opportunities. For over three decades, private equity investors have relied

WittKieffer Announces Adam Burns as Principal in Interim Leadership Practice

Oak Brook, Ill. – June 22, 2021 – WittKieffer, a leading global executive search firm dedicated exclusively to organizations that improve the quality of life in healthcare, education, the life sciences and the not-for-profit sector, today announced Adam Burns as a principal in its Interim Leadership Practice. Burns brings considerable experience counseling clients in the healthcare industry on their

JM Search Continues Focused Expansion of CFO/Financial Officers Practice with the Hiring of Stephen Thompson and Ryan Tomei

(May 11, 2021) JM Search, a premier retained executive search firm, today announces the hiring of Stephen Thompson and Ryan Tomei to the CFO/Financial Officers Practice. With a 40+ year history in the recruitment of CFOs and their teams, JM Search has been expanding its dedicated financial leader-focused practice to meet the demands of clients