Industry Specialization and Search Outcomes

One of the first questions we get here at our firm when we are speaking with a prospective client is: “What is your area of Specialization?”

Our specialization is working with universities and companies that place a high value on innovation and entrepreneurship—-hence, our branding tag line:
KULPER & COMPANY excels at Senior Level searches where academia meets corporate innovation

I like to say that we are really interested in handling senior level search assignments for companies and universities that are driving research, innovation and entrepreneurship through their various initiatives. As a result we are frequently retained to perform Dean and VP search assignments for universities that are focused on business and engineering. For companies we are frequently asked to help out with Directors of Technology, Chief Technology or VP Research positions. This is our favored “channel” of activity in part because I really like to be involved with the implementation of cutting edge research and innovation.

Our search process and experience in driving a search from start to finish can be applied to literally any industry—whether or not they see themselves as innovators. The search process is the same for every search. Having an area of specialization helps to brand the firm and so with our head held high we consider ourselves a search firm that is able to help universities and companies engaged in driving research and innovation. As a result we have come to know many of the key corporate and academic leaders in the field. Consequently our searches run efficiently and quickly not only, because we understand the subtleties of the senior level search process but also, because we have come to understand the “cultural affinity ” of our academic and corporate clients engaged in driving researh, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Warm regards,


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About Keith Kulper

Keith D. Kulper is the president and founder of KULPER & COMPANY, LLC an executive search consulting firm working in the area of senior level leadership for academia and corporate innovation. We are strong advocates of nurturing the linkage between academic investigation/research and corporate innovation/full commercialization of new product solutions. We specialize in attracting proven leaders who can effectively drive transformational change. The firm operates an Advisory Board that meets annually to bring together leaders from academia and corporate innovation to help drive continuous improvement of our professional practice. We are also an investor in early stage companies. We take pride in supporting the growth and development of business and engineering schools at leading universities throughout the United States.

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