About Us

LPA Search Partners excels at finding exceptional talent at the intersection of content, services and technology. This women-owned firm led by industry veterans Willa Perlman and Anna McCormick Kelch offers expertise in the following industry verticals: Education, EdTech and Knowledge Services; Information Services & SaaS; Digital Media & Publishing; Data Analytics; Healthcare IT & Services, Professional Services; Non-Profit; and Board of Directors. LPA specializes in searches for C-level executives and their direct reports.

LPA Search Partners is a boutique firm focused on client services and overall candidate fit, prioritizing quality over volume. To that end, LPA is thoughtful about the searches they take on and the clients with whom they partner. Their success rate is one of the highest in the industry and a point of great pride; therefore, they will never accept or proactively seek work that compromises their ability to deliver top-shelf search services.

In a day and age of commoditized digital matchmaking, LPA Search Partners goes beyond the algorithm and employs a high touch, consultative approach to address individual clients’ needs and deliver the most qualified talent with a focus on sustainable fit for both client and candidate. The firm is represented in New York, Chicago, Providence, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and London and offers complementary additional services to recruitment including interim placements, executive coaching, M&A consultation and a board practice with a special focus on diversity and women candidates.

Representative Clients

Solutions And Expertise

  • Board Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • M&A Consultation
  • Digital Media
  • EdTech
  • Education
  • Healthcare Services
  • Information Services & SaaS
  • Knowledge Services
  • Non-Profit
  • Publishing
  • C-Level Leaders
  • CEO/President
  • Data/Analytics
  • Financial Officers
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Vice President

News Briefings

LPA Search Partners Assists Syniti with Chief Marketing Officer Search

Anna McCormick, co-CEO of LPA Search Partners, recently assisted Syniti, an enterprise data management company, in the recruitment of Kate Reed as its new chief marketing officer. “Kate has a strong reputation for transformational marketing initiatives that stand out and grow demand,” said Kevin Campbell, CEO of Syniti. “Her appointment could not have come at a

LPA Search Partners Assists Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Recruit New Board Member

Although boards of directors are considered the backbones of organizations, director recruiting has grown markedly more challenging, say recruiters who conduct searches in that area. As a result, companies continue to turn to executive search firms to help find new board members. Willa Perlman, co-CEO of LPA Search Partners, recently assisted learning technology company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) in the

5 Workplace Trends to Watch in 2021

While executives have long recognized that well-being is important, the COVID-19 pandemic brought home how significant it really is. Work and life, health, safety and well-being became inseparable in 2020. Amid unprecedented workforce disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are enacting radically new ways of working and operating – and the C-suite is taking action to

Jobless Claims Fall Below One Million for the First Time Since March

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the U.S., the Labor Department reported this morning that 963,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. While not exactly good news, this is the first week since March where claims were reported below the one million mark for the week. Economists were expecting initial

Press Releases

Syniti Appoints Kate Reed as Chief Marketing Officer

(March 29, 2021) Syniti, a global leader in Enterprise Data Management, today announced the appointment of Kate Reed as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Reed is a technology marketing veteran with over 15 years of experience building and growing customer acquisition programs that create both short and long-term business impact. She will oversee Syniti’s global marketing

LPA Search Partners Recruits Burton White to Maine Pointe

March 3, 2020 – LPA Search Partners was proud to work with Maine Pointe in recruiting Burton White as the industry leader for CPG and retail sectors. Burton and Maine Pointe’s experience are even more in demand now with the pressures on supply chain. LPA wishes you every success. Global supply chain and operations consulting

Announcing Women of Influence Honorees for 2019

October 17, 2019 – From the leader of the team physician for the Chicago White Sox to the woman who oversees the evolution of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 25 Chicagoans have been named Women of Influence by the Chicago Business Journal and Bizwomen. The honorees were selected from approximately 200 women nominated for the awards which

Announcing the launch of LPA Search Partners – the merger of Ligature Partners and Ascend Executive Search

Providence, RI: Willa Perlman, CEO of Ligature Partners and Anna McCormick Kelch, CEO of Ascend Executive Search announce the merger of their firms. LPA Search Partners will combine their respective practices to provide robust service and focus on EdTech & Knowledge Services, Digital Media & Services, SaaS & Information Services, Professional Services, Publishing, Healthcare, Board



LPA Search Supports Urban Gateways

LPA Search Partners is proud to support Urban Gateways — an amazing non-profit that provides arts education programs to so many deserving Chicago students. LPA also sponsored their 60th Birthday Bash on Jan. 27, 2021.  As executive recruiters, they have seen first hand how arts education provides skill development that is essential in later careers including creative problem solving, innovation and collaboration. To learn more about Urban Gateways and to find out more about their 60th Birthday, bash, visit https://lnkd.in/eb6P8J6.

Survey Results: Working From Home May Be Here To Stay

April 22, 2020 – Last week, we surveyed 600 senior executives and asked a few questions regarding their anticipated timeline for easing COVID-19 restrictions, contingency plans, and work from home scenarios. The results from respondents? Continue reading at the link above…

3 Ways to Take Advantage of White Space

The dramatic shift from working in an office to working remotely is taking its toll in many ways. Willa Perlman and LPA Search are talking to executives at many levels and each has expressed that, while they are doing their best to adjust to the changes and rally their teams, they are personally feeling depressed and low energy. Continue reading at link above…


Willa Perlman – Partner

Anna McCormick Kelch – Panel Role