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 Recruits CEO for Episcopal Community Services

Radnor, PA-based executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group has recently placed Anne Rice-Burgess as the new CEO of Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Rice-Burgess has more than 30 years of experience in faith-based human services organizations, most recently leading Methodist Services as president and CEO. Her career stemmed from experience as an adopted child and

7 Qualities and Experiences Needed to be a CHRO

The most common questions that come from executives who aspire to move into their first chief human resources officer (CHRO) role involve what it takes to be a strong and viable candidate. IIC Partners’ people and culture practice group, with consultants collaborating across 40 offices worldwide and, has had the opportunity to interact with many HR executives.

Demand Intensifies From Non-Profits Seeking Senior Talent

Non-profit organizations in 2023 are facing inflation, declining donations, increased demand for services, workforce shortages, and more. A recent non-profit trends report by Forbes says that the changing workforce is presenting challenges for both for-profit and non-profit leaders. Being ready to consider alternative staffing options would put many of them ahead of the shifting landscape,

Salveson Stetson Group Recruits SVP of Global Talent Acquisition for AmerisourceBergen

Executive recruiters are in hot pursuit of chief human resources officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Why such pent-up demand for top flight HR experts? Corporate leaders want HR leaders who are sophisticated, proactive, and strategic-minded, with strong business savvy to drive their people capabilities like they would a P&L, according to

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