Executive Search

ECA quickly and efficiently identifies the very best talent for your most critical investments.

Experience with
Private Equity

Our network has a proven track record of success with PE and PE portfolio companies.


Our approach is data-driven, ensuring you have access to the best talent for your most critical investments.

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We built a proprietary talent management system to ensure transparency throughout the process.


We can execute C-level searches in 1-3 months time.

Do you need...

PortCo CEOs and CFOs

We know that your most critical investments often require leadership changes. We’ve executed hundreds of leadership searches over the past 10+ years.

M&A Leaders

Add-ons and tuck-ins are often a key component of your investment thesis. We have specific experience hiring M&A leaders for portfolio companies.

Portfolio Operations Leaders

Executing value creation plans is how we got our start. We’ve worked with some of the biggest names in private equity to grow their portfolio operations teams.

Recent Client Examples

Executive Search for Private Equity

Executive Search (Private Equity)


Private Equity Firm / Family Office

Los Angeles, CA

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VP of Population Health

PE-Backed Primary Care and OB/GYN Provider Network

Southern California

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Chief Executive Officer

PE-Backed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Company

Boulder, CO

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A Transparent, Data-Driven Search Process

We take a structured, data-driven, and iterative approach to search, ensuring that client feedback is incorporated throughout the process. Our founder, Atta Tarki, wrote the book Evidence-Based Recruiting showcasing this philosophy.

Calibrate & Engage

We meet with key stakeholders to understand the role and desired business outcome. We review calibration profiles and ensure all stakeholders are aligned on the details before kicking off the engagement.

Outreach & Evaluation

We contact candidates that match the structured criteria agreed upon in step 1. Our disciplined approach reaches 10x the volume of candidates of other firms. Weekly check-in calls ensure progress. Access transparent search data through our proprietary talent management system, CASCADE.

Offer Management & Onboarding

Our white-glove service manages the entire process from end-to-end, including offer and onboarding.

Dedicated Resource

Unlike typical recruiting firms, which staff a resource across multiple searches at once, all of our searches receive a dedicated recruiter who is overseen by a PhD Engagement Manager and former management consultant Director.

Incentives Aligned

We maintain an 85+ percent placement rate because we are incentivized to place, and to place candidates who lasts. As your partner, we will never push to place a candidate we don’t sincerely believe is the right fit for the role.

Avoid Costly Bad Hires

ECA saves you time, effort, and money. We ensure clients are matched with ideal talent along functional, industry, and skills parameters.
Direct Financial Costs
41% report financial costs more than $25,000
Recruiting & Ramp Time
40% report lost time due to recruiting and training
Cultural impact
36% report negative impact on employee morale

A Philosophy That Works

Focus on Value Creation

Executing value creation plans is a critical component of generating returns for private equity, and getting the right talent is essential to this.

Talent Recruitment as a Science

Our approach is driven by evidence and data. This ensures the best outcomes for our clients and their investors. We believe this so much, that we wrote the book, Evidence Based Recruiting (by Atta Tarki).

Technology Ensures Transparency

CASCADE®, our proprietary recruitment system, provides transparency into the search process.

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The recruiting industry lacks transparency, so we built a proprietary talent management system to provide clients with real time search data. At any point in the process, clients have a complete view of the pipeline, all the candidates being considered, and the underlying metrics to ensure an ideal outcome.
View search items at any time: search pipeline by the numbers, new and in-process candidates, candidate details
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