Deborah Carroll


Deborah Carroll joined Buffkin Baker in July 2018. Previously, she worked with MediaLink, a global group of industry experts in the media, marketing, advertising, entertainment and technology sectors. She built their retained Executive Search Practice, successfully recruiting “firsts” for clients ranging from AT&T and GE to Maker Studios, Twitter, The Guardian and many more.

Prior to MediaLink, Deborah was Vice President, Executive Recruitment & Talent Management for WPP, a global marketing and communications company with approximately 135,000 employees in 66 operating companies in more than 100 countries. Deborah worked across WPP’s operating companies in North America. Among her many remits, Deborah was Chief Talent Officer for Chemistry, the bespoke WPP agency formed for Johnson & Johnson. She also acted in a leadership capacity for the WPP MBA Fellowship, a highly competitive and esteemed international program.

In her career, Deborah has identified and recruited talent in consumer products, management consulting, worldwide financial services, manufacturing, publishing, telecommunications, healthcare, as well as domestic energy (gas, electric, nuclear).

For 10 years Deborah ran her own business, Carroll Research, teaming up with Fortune 50 corporations to eliminate executive search fees by providing the tools needed to target and recruit the best and brightest talent. She was tapped to bring these tools back to executive search by Heidrick & Struggles in 1996. There, Deborah recruited Boards of Directors, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officers across global brands.

After the 9/11 attack Deborah took a hiatus from the corporate world and spent three years as a New York City Teaching Fellow.

Deborah holds her Masters’ from Columbia University with honors in Organizational Design. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. She has been a Speaker in the Harvard Business School’s Webinar Series: “Interviewing Tips.”