An Independent Wholly Owned Subsidiary Of No One

From the beginning, we set out to create the most efficient client centric-model in the retained executive search industry. Our goal 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 collaborate closely with clients to acquire a working knowledge of their culture, strategy, and competition, in addition to their product and service offerings. 

We're inspired by, and work with ambitious brands and believe our relationship-build approach enables us to deliver more impact, insight, and value, in less time.   

At Allen.Associates, we see ourselves as a fiercely independent privately held firm, purveyors of exceptional executive talent. We have a  broad 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. 

A Stimulus To Better 

Our job isn’t to fill a management spec; it’s to excite the client with new ideas, directions, possibilities, and of course high-powered leadership options.

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


#1 Business Courier 2017 & 2018, Forbes " America's Best Recruiting Firms" 2017 & 2018,  Quoted and Interviewed in; 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. 

A 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 high-level concurrent searches

Completed Executive & Board Director search 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 

The average tenure of our research team members; 12 years

Results; 92% placement rate

Five year average of time to placement; 105 days