The top 5 technology executive search firms

AboveBoard | Jul 20, 2022

Level up your career and connections with some of the tech industry’s best recruiters

As the technology industry grows, so should your career.

From engaging with biotech headhunters to navigating technology executive search firms, AboveBoard is here to guide you through the process of leveling up your career. We believe it’s possible to pursue a challenging, fulfilling career in tech that also advances diversity, equity, and inclusion in your respective workplace and in the field as a whole. 

Ahead, we’ll outline some of the top technology executive search firms so you can start connecting with technology executive recruiters that understand your values and have the expertise to help you land your next technology role.

Tech Executive Search Firm No. 1: Heidrick & Struggles

This Chicago-based executive recruiting firm ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ 2022 “America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms” list.

Founded in 1953, Heidrick & Struggles was one of the first firms established in the executive search industry. They’ve “placed thousands of candidates: from technology executives at some of the world’s best-known companies to emerging leaders at later-stage start-ups,” according to their website

Although Heidrick & Struggles isn’t exclusively a technology executive search firm (they recruit in a variety of industries), their technology sector is particularly strong, with focuses in  artificial intelligence, crypto and digital assets, cybersecurity, software, telecommunications, and more. On top of that, they’re committed to diversifying the technology executive candidate pipeline. In 2020, 52% of the technology practice’s placements were diverse.

Tech Executive Search Firm No. 2: Egon Zehnder

Egon Zehnder, the world’s largest privately held executive search firm, ranked No. 6 on Forbes’ May 2022 executive search firm rankings. 

The firm’s technology executive recruiters have expertise in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, blockchain, and more. Their team works across the spectrum of executive technology roles, from Chief Information Officers and Chief Technology Officers to technology board members and professionals in engineering, blockchain, and artificial intelligence/machine learning. Plus, Egon Zehnder’s fintech executive search consultants and biotech executive search consultants are hired directly from the industry, so you can trust they understand the complexities of your work.

Tech Executive Search Firm No. 3: Boyden

Boyden, another privately-held executive search practice, has six practice areas, including a robust technology executive search firm. Their global team of fintech executive search consultants and technology executive recruiters work with clients across a range of specialties.

Founded in 1946, this New York-based executive recruitment firm also boasts cross-sector practices in the technology sector, such as CEO & board services, human resources, and private equity & venture capital. They ranked No. 13 on this year’s Forbes list of top technology executive search firms.

Tech Executive Search Firm No. 4: Stanton Chase International

Founded in 1990, Stanton Chase International, is one of the world’s top ten largest executive search firms. This Baltimore-based firm ranked No. 23 on Forbes’ latest list.

Stanton Chase International’s technology executive search practice specializes in the following sectors: advanced technology, cyber security, data science, IT consulting, and start ups, to name a few. Some of their technology clients include leading companies like Apple, IBM, LG Electronics, Microsoft, and more.

Technology Executive Search Firm No. 5: AboveBoard 

At AboveBoard, we’re on a mission to transform the technology executive recruitment process from the ground up. Our innovative, diversity-focused platform connects underrepresented executive and board member candidates to opportunities at today’s leading technology companies.

We believe access and transparency in the technology executive search process are key to organizational strength and an inclusive, innovative workplace. That's why we're proud to sidestep traditional methods of recruitment, most of which are inherently exclusionary since they often rely on existing networks of professionals. This means that far too often, underrepresented candidates, including Black, Latinx/Hispanic, and female executives, are left out of the executive hiring process altogether.

On AboveBoard’s free platform, you’ll have access to a wide range of roles in the technology industry, from board of director positions to roles like Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Vice President of Engineering. The best part? All of AboveBoard’s  full-time and board technology executive opportunities are with companies committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace.

Boost your tech career and promote inclusion with AboveBoard

The tech field is rapidly evolving. As it does, it’s crucial that this sector represents the people its services and products serve. Why does this matter? Companies that promote diversity and are in the top 25% for racial and ethnic diversity perform 35% higher than the national median average for their industry, according to McKinsey & Company.

What’s more, a 2018 study found that companies with diverse workforces produce 19% more revenue than their counterparts. And that's just the beginning. For more about the importance of diversity in the workplace, see one of AboveBoard’s many resources.

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