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?”
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.