We do more than simply fill a position,
we build organizational capability.

we are specialists in our field and are experts in: executive search, global assignments,
cultural diagnostics & matching, talent mapping, and management assessment.

About Daubenspeck & Associates, Ltd

Daubenspeck & Associates, Ltd. is an international retained executive search firm. Based in Chicago, we are specialists in our field and are experts in: executive search, global assignments, cultural diagnostics & matching, talent mapping, and management assessment.

Culture is the vital lens through which we view each assignment. Our cultural expertise and unique search process has benefited our clients in all practice areas, and we have been successfully serving the needs of world-class clientele for over three decades.

Daubenspeck & Associates has been featured in news sources, including: Bloomberg – Businessweek, and Forbes. Our consistent performance has earned recognition by Executive Search Review as one of the “Top-40 Search Firms in the Americas” and by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Recruiting Firms 2017.”

We do more than simply fill a position; we build organizational capability.

Client’s Testimonials

“With the trust and performance gained having worked with Ken it was natural to call upon Daubenspeck and Associates at a time when I needed to build out a new IT organization at (a leading energy company). Ken and his team first helped clarify the needed role capabilities and competencies across several positions. He then further found exceptional talent – technical, functional, and industry specific – to fill targeted key roles. The people Ken helped me hire were then and still are some of the best IT talent I had ever worked with. Several people that Ken helped source for hire have remained valuable professional colleagues and friends of mine, and a number of them hired at the company have gone on there and in other petroleum companies to higher positions and successful careers. I am both confident and proud to endorse Ken Daubenspeck and his team as an exceptional advisor and partner in improving business with the support of their capabilities. I wholeheartedly recommend engaging Daubenspeck & Associates to help recruit top talent and secure sound advice on overcoming key human resource challenges.”

Managing Partner; Consulting Firm

“What sticks out most about Ken Daubenspeck is his sense of ethics, and his complete integrity with which he deals with people, with his clients, and with his customers.”

Director, Programs; Center for Executive Education

“Remarkably proficient overall, with admirable professionalism and outstanding ability to deliver quality. We have used them multiple times and would unhesitatingly do so again and/or recommend them to similar organizations. Key traits underlying this proficiency are: results focus; excellent customer service (both the paying customer and the folks being placed); seasoned and attentive listener; problem solver; relentless commitment to open, honest dialogue and finding win-win solutions.”

Executive Director; Top 10 University

“I have a very strong team at NiSource and [Daubenspeck and Associates] are responsible for many of them (including myself). I won’t hesitate to give you a call should the opportunity arise again in the future to have you support me. As I have said in the past, [Daubenspeck and Associates] is of unquestionable integrity and has real talent for identifying the right people.”

Vice President of Service and Delivery; Top Natural Gas & Electric Provider

“I have utilized Daubenspeck and Associates search services for over twenty years. Ken and his organization have helped me find outstanding talent in Finance, Technical and Senior Management positions. Daubenspeck’s level of service, responsiveness and professionalism has always been superb. I will certainly use their services again in the future and would unhesitatingly recommend them to others for consideration in filling mission critical positions.”

Executive Vice President; Manufacturing Enterprise

“Daubenspeck and Associates is very service oriented and possesses a high degree of integrity and confidentiality. I rank this firm as world class, one of the best in the industry. Overall delivery and end result was beyond my expectations.”

Head of Human Resources; Global Insurer

“What impressed me most at the time I was making my decision was [Daubenspeck and Associates’] deep knowledge of both industries (banking and higher education), experience with similarly challenging career changes, excellent listening skills and communication skills in general, and credibility. I also appreciated [the consultant’s] enthusiasm, sense of humor and persistence.”

Associate Professor Emeritus, Former Dean, and Illinois Professor of the Year; Top University

“This firm is head and shoulders above the rest. They so favorably impressed me because of their excellent experience, knowledge and background, their high sense of ethics; their results oriented approach without being a high pressure firm; their availability (almost 24/7) and excellent communication skills; and, their excellent advice.”

Executive Director of Facilities & Services; Top University

“They show a genuine concern for the culture and the value system of the client they are serving. Unlike other firms, the account executive who secures the search is the individual who supports us through the successful completion of the assignment…I appreciate their advice and willingness to go beyond just the search and to understand the organization. They are true organizational advisors.”

Chairman & CEO; Nonprofit in the Education Sector

Why We Do What We Do

We consider it a privilege to help our clients with their most important asset—the people who collectively comprise the organization. We view each assignment as more than a simple business transaction; rather, we consider it an opportunity to positively influence the performance and trajectory of both organizations and individuals. When a project goes well, it is good for the employer and the employee. When it does not, it is difficult on the employer, but devastating to the employee. It is for this reason that we take our assignments very seriously. We never forget this when we provide our service. It is not just about completing an assignment—it is about insuring that the individual we recruit for our client is successful, accomplishes that which was intended by the assignment, and remains well past any guarantee.

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