Our Unique Executive Search Methodology

An industry-leading approach to recruiting diverse slates of candidates

There are four distinct periods in the Protégé Search process. 

We augment our search process with two critical aspects of client stewardship. First, we communicate, and then communicate, and then communicate some more. Second, we tailor the search process to the unique needs of each client assignment – whether it’s candidate case study assignments, benchmarking an internal candidate against the market, more extensive referencing, or intensive, customized coaching.


Understanding Your Needs

We partner with you to understand the context for the hire, the uniqueness of your organizational culture, and the specific competencies and attributes the successful candidate should possess. We write a detailed position description and provide an early preview of the candidate market.


Sourcing the Market

We tap into our extensive networks and apply rigorous research methodologies to find the true superstars in the market. We set up periodic check-ins to ensure client satisfaction with the competencies, compensation, and culture fit within the candidate slate.


Evaluating the Slate

We collaborate with clients to organize interviews and evaluate feedback from the internal interview team. We prioritize candidates for the first and second round interviews and, on occasion, help to develop case study assignments for finalist candidates.


Selecting and Coaching the Finalist

We support our clients through the final stage of the search process and beyond. We negotiate the offer, check references, and with your guidance, provide executive coaching over the first 90 days of the executive’s tenure. Our last retainer is paid when the candidate accepts the offer.


At Protégé Search we recruit C-suite leaders and their direct reports. In some cases we recruit Vice President and Senior Director candidates for dynamic and complex roles.

We can recruit outstanding diverse talent for mission critical roles across your management team, including, but not limited to, the following roles:

  • Board of Directors
  • President & CEO
  • Executive Director
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • General Counsel
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Communications Officer
  • Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
  • Head of Social Impact
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Chief Content Officer

We’ve helped recruit Chief Economists, Heads of culinary arts schools, and Principals at venture capital firms. If you have an opening on your management team, there’s a strong chance we can help you recruit a transformational leader to fill it. And if we can’t, we’ll be honest and decline the opportunity.

Are you ready to launch your search?

We’d love to learn about your diversity hiring goals and then strategize with you to achieve them.