An Independent Wholly Owned Subsidiary Of No One

From the beginning, we set out to create the most effective client centric model in the retained executive search industry. Our goal was was to transition from the search industry's long standing project-based work to our relationship based-work approach. To accomplish this we needed to work closely with clients to acquire a working knowledge of their culture, strategy and competition, in addition to their product and service offerings. 

We believe our relationship-build approach enables us to deliver more impact, insight and value, to our clients in less time.   

At Allen Associates we see ourselves as a fiercely independent privately held firm, purveyors of exceptional executive talent. We have a deep working knowledge of the market, channels and disciplines. Further, we've cultivated a network of high value off-the-grid relationships with the top performers by segment. 

Our job isn’t to simply fill a management void; it’s to excite the client with new ideas, directions, possibilities, and of course high-powered leadership options. We strive to provide clarity and focus, never confusing hard work with results. 

The outcome; We have successfully conducted thousands of searches to closure, for an ever-growing client roster ranging from intriguing startups to multinationals.


Frequently quoted and profiled in; #1 Business Courier - 2017 ' , Advertising Age, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal. Forbes, Yahoo! Business, U.S.News & World Report, Dow Jones Online, Linkedin Pulse, Executive Recruiter News,  Business Firstnumerous  industry and trade publications.  

Our Numbers

HeadquartersCincinnati, OH Est. MCMXC

Geography coveredNorth America

Sectors and disciplines servedDelivering Senior Leadership Teams across all disciplines to Public and Private companies, and Private Equity sponsored portfolio companies. 

Sampling of markets served; Home Goods & Building Products, Consumer Goods & Services, Manufacturing, Wholesale, Retail, Restaurants & Emerging Brands

Our Executive Search & Assessment Expertise; CEO, Division P&L Leaders, Vice Presidents & Senior Level Assignments Across Most Functions; Marketing, Merchandising, Sales, Operations, Finance, HR, Supply Chain & Legal

Total active client relationships 60+

Highly targeted, cultivated & maintained CEO, Senior HR & Functional Executive relationships 4000+

Accepting approximately 50-55 retained assignments per year
Sustained capacity for 15 senior level concurrent searches

Completed Executive & Board Director searches 1200+

80% of our successful candidates were gainfully employed ... not actively seeking a new position

Repeat corporate client ratio 85%

Forbes " America's Best Recruiting Firms " 

Recognized by Business Courier Magazine; Retained Executive Search Firm Hall of Fame

Featured in the Wall Street Journal and Business Week 

Average tenure of our research team members 12 years

Results; 92% placement rate

Performance; Average time to placement 101 days