Our Philosophy and Approach

Pearson Partners International helps organizations find, develop and retain top talent through retained executive recruitment, assessment and leadership development for Fortune 1000, private equity and emerging businesses.


Founded in 2002 by executive search industry veterans Robert Pearson and Keith Pearson, Pearson Partners International is based in Dallas, Texas with offices in Fort Worth, Texas and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are a proud member of IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 global executive search organizations. With over 450 search consultants in 40 offices worldwide, we give our clients access to the highest caliber executive talent around the globe. As a member of the highly selective AESC (Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants), we actively shape our industry and its trends.

Pearson Partners has a long history of successful performance in retained executive search and leadership consulting. We serve clients globally across all industries and disciplines, from senior management to the boardroom. Our clients are broad and diverse, from leading corporations, municipal and government institutions, private equity and sponsored businesses, nonprofit agencies, healthcare, academia, research institutes, foundations and industry associations. We complement our executive search capabilities with a professional leadership development and executive coaching practice to ensure executives reach their highest possible performance.

Pearson Partners’ unwavering commitment to professionalism, client service and the highest ethical standards have earned our firm and our professionals prestigious industry accolades. Forbes has repeatedly named Pearson Partners one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms. Hunt Scanlon has twice ranked our firm among the Top 40 Executive Search Firms in the Americas and recently named IIC Partners to the Global 40 list of top recruitment providers in the world.

At Pearson Partners, we have a passion for what we do and how we do it—and it shows in our industry-leading search completion rates and deep client and candidate relationships. Our highly experienced, partner-led team personally conducts every engagement from start to finish and interfaces directly with every candidate, rather than handing off client work to junior associates. These key differentiators position Pearson Partners International at the forefront of the executive search industry, ensuring successful and long-lasting client partnerships.

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Free from the “off-limits” restrictions imposed on large firms, our seasoned team of search experts offers unparalleled access to leading players across all industries and disciplines. We provide comprehensive, customized assessment and coaching services to help measure and develop existing talent and build high-performance management.

We limit our number of engagements to provide the focused, personal service of a boutique with the experience and reach of a global firm. Our successful results have built our business and grown our loyal following of clients who continue to rely on us for their most critical leadership needs. In fact, more than 70 percent of our business comes from previous clients, candidates and contacts.

We pride ourselves on helping our clients solve business problems, so we actively track industry trends and the state of global talent to provide the most innovative, value-added service to our clients. Our principals frequently author articles on talent acquisition, management and development, and our Spotlight SeriesTM Breakfast and Pearson Partners HR Roundtable events provide a forum for experts to enlighten our clients on the ever-changing human capital challenges that face organizations.


At the heart of our practice is knowledge. The level of expertise and experience it takes to successfully fill critical positions and develop executive talent requires seasoned experts. That is why we don’t believe in leveraging work to junior associates—every search and consulting engagement is personally conducted by a partner with one goal in mind: giving you the talent you need to grow and succeed in a competitive marketplace.


We stand behind our searches and are committed to seeing them through to completion—so unlike many retained search firms, our fees are results-driven, not calendar-driven. Most of our clients pay three installments based on our attainment of specific, performance-based milestones.


Client Testimonials

“We couldn't be happier. Pearson Partners was very responsive. I am one of the most critical people you’ll find, but they were truly a pleasure to work with. We found them to be very good partners and would enjoy working with them again.”
Pat Barth, SVPLone Star Steakhouse
"The search was an eye-opener for me. Before I engaged Pearson Partners, I had rarely seen someone with the combination of innovation, credentials and education that we were seeking.”
Mark Haney, SVPWellStar Health System
“When I reached out to Pearson Partners, Renee Arrington and Lisa Thompson were in my office within 48 hours. It was unbelievable. They put my mind at ease about what the process would look like. They were in constant communication with me, and they reached outside the [industry] chess game that other recruiters play, where people are just moved around from one organization to the next. They went beyond the usual suspects to recruit from other strategic areas, such as medicine and academics, which I was excited and surprised to see.”
Jan Edgar Langbein, Chief Executive OfficerGenesis Women's Shelter and Support
“Pearson Partners was incredibly well prepared for our initial meetings,” said Bowe. “The work they did even before they had the search showed us how hard they would work right out of the gate to find our new CEO. They had more knowledge walking in the door about our company, executive team and organizational structure than any other search firm we spoke with.”
David Bowe, Board MemberDallas Lighthouse for the Blind
“The Pearson Partners team was responsive and focused. They clearly took the search personally – more than just ‘doing the job.’ They gave me advice, kept me up to date and guided me through the search.
Gary Swidler, CFOMatch Group
“Pearson Partners really takes the time to get to know their candidates and the companies they work with. As a candidate, I felt very supported by Lisa and Renee, and I could feel they wanted to make sure I was making a decision that was good for me as well as their client. I felt like I was treated as a client and a friend.”
Maria MacMullin, Senior Director of Major GiftsGenesis Women's Shelter and Support

Featured Searches

View our featured searches, from chief officers and boards of directors to executive leaders in finance, technology and operations.


Savvy, insightful and experienced, our principals possess both the industry expertise and the instincts to find the ideal fit for our clients.
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Our global partners allow Pearson Partners International’s clients to seamlessly tap proven retained executive search consultants regardless of geography.
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Pearson Partners International is guided by a board of directors and a board of advisors staffed with renowned, external industry leaders.
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Pearson Partners is grateful to its advisory board of leading thinkers for their business insight and assistance in making introductions and forging business relationships.
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