John Gilmore

Managing Partner

John Gilmore is co-founder and Managing Partner of BarkerGilmore with over three decades of executive search experience. John has developed trusted relationships with General Counsel and C-suite leaders across the country. He has unfettered access to the extraordinary talent they seek and an innate ability to quickly identify a substantive and cultural match. With a profound institutional understanding of how in-house legal and compliance departments function most effectively, John has earned a reputation as one of the top executive search consultants for General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer placements. Committed to helping his clients build strong and productive legal and compliance departments, he is always cognizant of a company’s current situation as well as its future needs throughout the search process.

John developed the CustomFitSM method, which is employed in every BarkerGilmore search. This innovative, powerful recruiting tool has consistently resulted in candidate placements with diversity and retention rates well above industry averages. John not only assesses technical skills and industry knowledge, but also evaluates elements not readily identifiable on a candidate’s resume such as cultural fit, emotional intelligence, and ability to be a strategic business partner and trusted advisor to the senior management team.

John’s recent placements include General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers for public and private companies of all sizes, as well as non-profit organizations and government agencies. Industries include Construction, Consumer Products, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, Industrial/Manufacturing, Insurance, Professional Services, Real Estate, and Technology. John also manages a team of search consultants responsible for identifying specialized attorneys and potential successors who report to the General Counsel.

John is frequently featured and/or quoted in industry and business publications, and news programs for his expertise in general counsel and compliance officer trends, succession planning, compensation, and diversity. Most recently, he was interviewed by a national morning television program on changes in cybersecurity and heightened demand for lawyers specializing in data privacy.

John earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Buffalo.

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