Top 25 NYC Firms for Executive Search and Placement

Finding a leader for your organization is hard. That’s why we developed this list of the top executive search firms in NYC. With this list, we hope to make your decision of selecting an executive search firm a little easier.

Below, we’ve listed five executive search firms that help employers find executives in the New York City metropolitan area. Some of these executive recruitment companies utilize a network of executive recruiters located in major cities across the country. Others are local to New York City and have worked in the fields in which they now recruit talent. Whatever the structure of the organization, these companies all have been recommended for inclusion on this list.

Y Scouts

Y Scouts is a purpose-based, performance-proven leadership search and development firm focused on transforming how people and organizations connect to work that matters.

As one of the top executive search firms in NYC, our team of recruiters has worked with clients across industry verticals.

Y Scouts understands the functions and dynamics surrounding critical leadership roles. As a certified B-Corp, we also understand the importance of planet, people and profit.

Combine our knowledge of recruiting exceptional leaders with our purpose-driven philosophy, and Y Scouts is able to present the highest caliber leadership candidates to our clients.

When you’re ready to hire a new leader, contact Y Scouts. If you are looking for your next leadership role within a purpose-driven, performance-focused organization, please join the Y Scouts Leadership Community.

Phone: 480-498-7222


Ellig Group

With a client base that includes part of the White House’s administrative staff, the Ellig Group is one of the most well-known executive search firms in the industry.

Phone: 212-688-8671


Battalia Winston

Battalia Winston runs global operations from its headquarters in New York City. They are one of the largest executive search firms in the U.S., and they have been in business for over 50 years.

Phone: 212-308-8080



This specialty firm focuses on finding executive candidates in the non-profit sector. They work nationwide to find the right kind of executives who make non-profit organizations succeed.

Phone: 212-983-1600


Bert Davis Executive Search

Bert Davis Executive Search finds executive talent in the publishing, new media and information fields. They also offer executive consulting services to organizations in these areas.

Phone: 212-838-4000



Do you know an executive search firm in New York City that should be included on this list? Please, tell us! Contact Y Scouts for possible inclusion on this list.


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Client Testimonial:

“Y Scouts partnered with Year Up to understand our organization and our goals for new leadership. The Y Scouts approach was exceptionally effective, delivering a slate of candidates who embodied the essential values and experience we wanted. Our outcome was a dynamic and experienced leader who truly embodies our mission. As we continue to expand across the country, we consider Y Scouts a go-to partner in future searches.”



Candidate Testimonial:

“The entire process – starting at first contact – was personal, comfortable and engaging. Y Scouts never made me feel like I was part of a transaction; I felt like I was working with a friend and an ally throughout the entire process, who kept my best interests in mind at all times. I felt like my recruiter truly took the time to get to know me, my motivations and what type of opportunity would help me grow and succeed. Y Scouts helped me move into an incredible new role, and I am thankful everyday that Y Scouts helped connect me to an organization and position that align perfectly with my skills and personal passions. I would absolutely recommend working with Y Scouts to any organization with a true commitment to finding the right leaders.”



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