In late 2011, Ken Clark International (KCI), a global executive search firm that I founded in 1996, had grown to 100 people, had 20 offices around the world, and reached $17.5M in revenue. It was ranked 6th in the world according to Executive Recruiter News. Our clients were from all segments of Life Sciences; Health Care, and Medical Services; Chemicals, Materials, and Industrial; as well as Consumer Products industries worldwide. We worked in all regions of the world for large multi-national corporations, as well as start-ups and fast-growth companies.
Unfortunately, I was no longer an executive search consultant, but the Chairman of a very complex professional services firm. It certainly had its rewards, but the older I got, the more taxing it became. Someone once compared leading and managing executive search consultants to "herding wild horses." They were right.
So, in early 2012, I decided to follow the advice that I had been giving clients and candidates for 25 years - "do what you are passionate about and you will ultimately become great at it!" I started Ken Clark Partners (KCP) a small North America & Europe based boutique firm, with the intention of returning to work personally and directly with clients and candidates myself.
Over the last four years, I, and a small dedicated team, have conducted 50 search projects at the C-suite level. We have made 48 placements. To use a baseball expression, "we are batting almost a 1,000!" Placements have been in the US and Europe. In building Ken Clark International, we established a brand - "Ken Clark", known globally in our focused industries. Now, as Ken Clark Partners, most executives have heard of me and will take a call from me. Most listen to what I personally have to say. Most ask for my career advice. I speak straight-forwardly and honestly based on my 25 years in executive recruiting. Meeting me in-person or by telephone for the first time, they know that I am credible and have their interests at heart. I invite them to build a continuing relationship with me regardless of the outcome of a specific project. Most accept.
Today, the brand "Ken Clark", represents experience, expertise, wisdom, and performance that only comes with age (and a little grey hair.) Our Client Lists and Top Search Projects lists demonstrate that claim and are imbedded in the website at www.kenclark.com. I invite you to take a look.
I am excited about the next decade and hope that I can continue to bring the very best in executive talent to my clients, wherever in the world they might be. Frankly, it feels great to be back "home."
Ken Clark Partners
P.S. And by the way, unlike bigger search firms, I believe in "putting skin in the game." My compensation is based on performance and results.
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