About Us

Salveson Stetson Group (SSG) brings 25 years of executive search experience in a multitude of industries. SSG has an outstanding track record of recruiting strong leaders with a special focus on human resources, finance, pharmaceutical and biotechnology and nonprofits. Ranked by Forbes as a Best Executive Recruiting Firm, SSG has conducted searches for organizations that range from privately held and not-for-profit to publicly traded and venture-backed startups in all industries.

The Salveson Stetson Group Difference

The firm was founded in 1996 by John Salveson and Sally Stetson, two highly respected human resources consultants who believed they had a better model for a search firm – one that considered cultural fit as carefully as it did experience. Under their leadership, Salveson Stetson Group has managed hundreds of searches for leading organizations in a variety of industries.

When you need an executive who is not only exceptionally qualified, but also fits your organizational culture, Salveson Stetson Group is ready to help.

Global Reach/Local Expertise

Salveson Stetson Group is a member of IIC Partners, the eighth largest executive search organization in the world made up of 51 offices in 34 countries. With local market knowledge, industry expertise and global reach, IIC Partners offers Salveson Stetson Group’s clients access to an international pool of talent and increased search capabilities.

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While executives at a well-regarded outplacement consulting firm during the summer of 1996, John Salveson and Sally Stetson spotted an industry weakness. They noticed that while many executive search firms did a fine job of recruiting candidates, few took more than a passing glance at corporate culture – the very personalities, procedures and idiosyncrasies that make each organization unique.

With a firm belief that it takes more than just a good resume to succeed as an executive, the two outplaced themselves, and founded Salveson Stetson Group, Inc. (SSG).

SSG brings an entirely new approach to retained executive search, focusing on corporate culture and assimilation as well as candidates’ qualifications. Each assignment has a clear goal: to strengthen the client’s company for the long term by helping it attract, select, develop and retain high-quality members of senior management.

Solutions And Expertise

Salveson Stetson Group, Inc. has a family of nationally known retained executive search practices and a first-class system and staff to support aggressive, successful searches. These practices are designed to serve clients in the most effective and efficient manner, with professionals across disciplines working collaboratively to resolve any issues or matters.

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News Briefings

Salveson Stetson Group Places Chief HR and Culture Officer for Longwood Gardens

Radnor, PA-based executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group has assisted in the recruitment of Shelley Dinehart as chief human resources and culture officer for Longwood Gardens. “We recently had the honor of partnering with Longwood Gardens in an executive search to find its new chief human resources and culture officer, and we are pleased to share that Shelley Dinehart has joined their

Salveson Stetson Group Recruits Top HR Executive for Colorcon

Radnor, PA-based executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group has assisted in the recruitment of Valerie Nizard as global human resources leader of Colorcon in Harleysville, PA. “We recently had the honor of partnering with Colorcon in an executive search to find their new global human resources leader, and we are pleased to share that Valerie Nizard will be joining their

The Evolving Path to the C-Suite

No matter what you call it, the challenge is the same. Executives across all industries have been resigning at higher-than-expected rates, making it harder to attract, recruit and retain been-there-done-that talent. While many predicted a gap in leadership development and subsequent succession, no one anticipated the pandemic’s acceleration of resignations and market disruptors, according to

Five Tips to Help Design the Chief Diversity Officer Role

A diverse workforce is essential to the success of an organization. And when it comes to building strong teams, successful organizations focus on developing a more inclusive culture that welcomes and supports diverse leaders and talent. Many companies have created diversity, equity, and inclusion roles to align with their strategic goals and create a sense

Press Releases

Prospect Of Relocating For A New Job Highly Unlikely According To New Salveson Stetson Group Study

(July 15, 2020) In a survey of 545 Director, S/VP, and C-suite executives, only 27% of respondents indicated they would be willing to relocate for a new job. The survey was conducted by Salveson Stetson Group (SSG), a multi-specialty retained executive search firm in Philadelphia. “The results, while not completely surprising, show that the pandemic

Executives Staying Put Through The Pandemic

(June 24, 2020) In a survey of 545 Director, S/VP, and C-suite executives, respondents reported a significant reluctance to consider new career opportunities with over 60% stating that they would not consider a career move through the current health crisis.  Over 95% of executives surveyed are currently employed. Salveson Stetson Group (SSG), a multi-specialty retained

HR Execs Report That A Large Percentage Of Their Workforces Will Work Remotely Indefinitely

(June 23, 2020) In a survey of 111 senior Human Resources professionals, nearly 42% of HR leaders reported that up to one-half of their workforce will continue to work remotely indefinitely after the pandemic, five times more than were doing so before the COVID-19 crisis hit. Salveson Stetson Group, a multi-specialty retained executive search firm

Forbes Names Salveson Stetson Group a Top 20 Executive Search Firm

(June 17, 2020) Salveson Stetson Group, a multi-specialty retained executive search firm, announced today that it has been named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms for the fourth consecutive year. This year, the firm was ranked 19th among the top 200 firms that place executives in positions with at least $100,000 in

Salveson Stetson Group Survey Reveals Ten Consecutive Years Of Compensation Increases For Senior Executives

(Jan. 13, 2020) Salveson Stetson Group, a retained executive search firm based in Radnor, PA, released its 2019 Compensation survey findings, stating for the tenth consecutive year, senior executives who changed jobs received double-digit compensation increases. Executives placed by Salveson Stetson Group during the 2019 calendar year averaged an increase in cash compensation of more