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About Kirkland West


Kirkland West is a global executive search firm that recruits exceptional leaders for high performance companies.  Our primary functional practice areas are Finance and Strategy.  We specialize in recruiting current and former management consultants.  Our clients range from the Fortune 500 to mid-size companies and span the consumer packaged goods, financial services, industrials, life sciences, media, retail and technology sectors.  From high potential up-and-coming executives of tomorrow to established leaders at the most senior levels, we provide our clients with the executive talent they need to continue their success and realize their aspirations.


Our goal is to help organizations identify, attract, and retain the best talent.  We also seek to help individuals, as candidates, to find the opportunities that will maximize their professional development and growth.  By taking the time to listen to and work closely with clients and candidates we build enduring relationships of trust.  These relationships enable us to have greater insight into our client organizations' cultures and needs as well as candidates' true abilities and professional goals.  Through these insights we bring clients and candidates together in a prompt and effective manner and create substantive value for both.


Performance-Driven Approach


Our performance-driven approach to search enables us to be fast and successful in recruiting the highest caliber candidates.  We believe in monitoring and measuring our search activities to ensure that we are delivering the best service for our clients.  We constantly track the speed with which we present candidates, the quality of the candidates, the closure rate of our searches, and the track record of success for our placements.


Functional Experts and Industry Generalists


We have strategically positioned ourselves as functional experts in the areas of finance and strategy.  We strive to maintain a balanced portfolio of client relationships across many industries rather than become overly weighted in any one sector.  Our specialization in the aforementioned functional areas combined with our industry generalist approach allows us to have the scale of a larger firm, while minimizing the number of companies from which we may not recruit (our "off-limits" list).  In this way we maintain access to the best candidates and broaden the scope of our "source" organizations to provide talent from a range of companies both within and outside of our clients' industries.


Strategy Practice


Our flagship practice is in the area of recruiting current and former management consultants.  We possess extensive knowledge of the management consulting marketplace as well as the strategy functions of premier corporations.


We have partnered with our clients in building "world-class" strategy teams from the level of Business Analyst to Senior Vice President.  Whether the focus is on growth, operations improvement, financial planning or transactional in nature, we work closely with our clients to ensure that the appropriate talent is in place to fulfill their organizations' strategic aspirations.


Private Equity Practice


Kirkland West has a demonstrated track record of success placing high caliber individuals within the portfolio companies of our private equity clients.  These individuals have become transformative leaders who have enhanced substantially the performance of our clients' organizations.   Based on these successful placements, our clients return to us time and again when seeking new talent in their portfolio companies.


As a firm, we understand how to identify, screen, and attract the "A-Players" with the skills, experience, leadership, and motivation necessary to excel in demanding private equity-owned organizations.  We have worked with portfolio companies located throughout the contiguous United States.  Our experience has spanned finding executives for new investments to confidential searches to replace existing management in companies nearing exits.  Regardless of the industry, location, or situation, we have always delivered results for our clients through our networks, relationships, and disciplined, process-driven approach.



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