Kent Burns


Burns leads Simply Driven Executive Search, which delivers talent in the areas of Robotics & Automation, Retail Point of Sale Technology, Finance/Accounting and Information Technology. Simply Driven achieves client results that rival any search firm in the United States. Historical performance metrics are as follows

• 4 to 1 Interview to Hire Ratio
• 15 day average to deliver the winning candidate (retained searches)
• 99+% placement retention 12 months after hire
• 41% of placements have been diverse hires
• 31% of placements promoted within 24 months

A former Big Four CPA and corporate CFO, Burns’ finance/accounting technical expertise is unmatched in the recruiting industry. Since 1999, he has leveraged that expertise to find and deliver talent to premier Indianapolis organizations. Well-connected and widely read, his monthly Indy CFO Spotlight article is enjoyed by over 6,000 Indianapolis finance/accounting professionals.

Prior to Simply Driven, as Vice President for Protis Global, Burns led that Firm to its best single month and the best quarter in the company’s history. Burns is also a former Partner with MRINETWORK. His success there included being the Top-Producing Individual Account Executive worldwide, outperforming approximately 3,500 recruiters in 38 countries.

He is the author of “What’s Your Why?” and “The Why Guide to Your First Job – College Edition.” He has been featured in publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, CFO Magazine, HR Magazine, The Journal of Accountancy, The Boston Globe, Reuters, The Houston Chronicle, The Indianapolis Business Journal and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.