About Us

NU Advisory Partners is a retained executive search and advisory firm focused on senior executive, operating, and board positions. Our mission is broad: Helping organizations solve their toughest leadership challenges. Often, we’ll do this by recruiting exceptional individuals who can be a catalyst for growth. When a new hire isn’t the best answer, we will work with clients to advise on the human capital issues that are most critical to their success.

The bedrock of our service is our deep expertise. We have long-standing relationships with the smartest people across many industries. We know the issues and trends that are driving change throughout the economy. We’ve also built considerable experience working with private capital firms, including private and growth equity plus venture capital firms, on the unique challenges of their portfolio companies.

What sets us apart is not just what we do but how we do it. From the start, we committed to building our firm around five rigorous core values to bring out the best in our interactions with clients, with candidates, and especially within our own team. We call these values the NU IDDEA, and we commit to embedding them in everything we do.

Inspirational
We search beyond the ordinary. No idea is too bold. No candidate is beyond reach. What inspires us most is aspiring to be the best. Then delivering it.

Direct
We tell it like it is. When we offer our opinion, it’s not the “safe choice;” it’s our judgment about the right answer based on our research, data, and years of experience. You can count on us to spot the difference between a candidate who can guide your company to new heights and one who risks crashing it to the ground.

Driven
We believe that it takes the best to find the best. That’s why we are extremely selective about the professionals we invite to join the NU team. Everyone here shares our passion for excellence, our forthright fact-based style, and our ego-free culture of collaboration. Mumblers, prima donnas, and go-along-to-get-along types need not apply.

Empowering
We’ll surprise you. With the right answer, not the usual one. That’s because our teams are empowered to listen to every voice and explore every idea. We work across practice areas to find candidates that will drive your organization forward. We look beyond titles, degrees, and other traditional indicators of achievement to find candidates who have demonstrated the abilities you seek, whatever setting they have been in. You build a stronger, more diverse leadership team, and your executives get more challenging and fulfilling careers.

Agile
We act with urgency. If the situation changes, in the blink of an eye, we pivot without slowing down. We embrace technology that accelerates our work and broadens our insight. We’re automating search busywork, tapping into public and proprietary databases, and using AI to find the patterns and details that matter. We have more time for analysis and advice. You get better candidates sooner, with fewer unpleasant surprises.

So that’s why the world needs another executive search firm:

Because organizations today can’t thrive with executives who all look alike, think alike, and act alike. They need advisors who are as nimble and ambitious as they are.

If you want to broaden your company’s leadership team with inspirational executives prepared to meet the challenges of the new economy, we not-so-humbly suggest it’s time for a NU search firm.

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Onboarding
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
Industries
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Advocacy
  • AI
  • Alt. Investments
  • Asset Management
  • Associations
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Cloud Based
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Commercial Banking
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Cultural Arts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Devices
  • Edtech
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Faith Based
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Foundations
  • Healthcare Services
  • High Tech
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Investment Banking
  • Investment Mgmt.
  • K-12
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Luxury
  • Machine Learning
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Mobile
  • Non-Profit
  • Payments/Processes
  • Private Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Wealth Management
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Customer Service
  • Data/Analytics
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Leadership Needs Shift Dramatically as VC Moves to Wartime Footing

Over a 20-plus-year search career, Ben Dewar of NU Advisory Partners has led hundreds of recruiting engagements across every corporate function imaginable. Along the way, he has recruited dynamic executive talent into CxO and VP roles for VC-backed, PE-backed and public high-growth technology and consumer companies. From that perch, he has witnessed up close and personal

A Look at How the New Rule Banning Noncompete Clauses Could Affect Recruiting Firms

On April 23, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a new rule that bans non-compete clauses for workers across all industries, with limited exceptions. The rule will prohibit most employee non-compete agreements with retroactive effect, except existing non-compete provisions. The rule also requires employers to notify workers, including former employees, that the non-compete clauses are no longer in

NU Advisory Partners Assists Sigma7 with Chief Technology Officer Search

Executive search firm NU Advisory Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Andy Simpson-Pirie as chief technology officer of Sigma7 in New York City. Mr. Simpson-Pirie has a technology career spanning 25 years across a spectrum of early-stage, growth-phase, and large global corporations. Over that time, he has established a track record of launching new products, leading acquisitions,

Private Equity’s Shift In Thinking On Talent

More than half of the assignments NU Advisory Partners works on these days are for companies owned by private equity investors. To be sure, private capital is becoming an increasingly significant player in a growing number of industries and search firms dedicated to the space are reaping big rewards. In the U.S., some 12 million people are

Press Releases

Jay Hussey, Ben Dewar, and Tara Ryan join NU Advisory Partners

NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — NU Advisory Partners (“NU”), an innovative, retained executive search and advisory firm, announced today that three highly experienced executive recruiters have joined the firm: Jay Hussey joins as a Partner who will focus on C-level executive searches for public and private capital-backed companies in the media, technology, and