30+-year history

For over 30 years, Daubenspeck and Associates has been successfully serving the needs of world-class clientele from all across the globe. We have completed hundreds of assignments in nearly every industry and function. We are experts in the process of executive search, and our proprietary process allows us to gain the knowledge necessary to fill even the most complicated of assignments.

8-year retention average

The candidates we place stay with our clients for an average of 8 years. While our 98% two-year retention rate is well above the industry standard, it is not the benchmark by which we measure our success. We judge our performance based on the long-term impact that our placements have on our clients’ organizations.

30 days to present short list of prospects

Daubenspeck and Associates aims to deliver a short list of prospects within 30 days of kicking off a search.

83-day average search length

Daubenspeck and Associates completes each search—from kickoff to onboard—in an average of 83 days. Our search process enables us to deliver with both the quality and expedition that our clients’ needs demand.

98% search completion rate

Daubenspeck and Associates’ search completion rate is 98%. Our search methods and consulting processes are based upon our guiding principles. Our SearchKraft methodology is designed to provide creative and effective solutions for high impact search assignments, and to provide the best match possible.

Top 40

Daubenspeck and Associates is ranked by “Executive Search Review” as one of the Top 40 search firms in the Americas.


Percentage of our placements that represent diversity searches.

80% repeat clients

80% of Daubenspeck and Associates’ clients are repeat clients. The nature of our business is relational. We view each search as a step in a relationship—one that is productive, profitable, and people-oriented.

50% of our business is international

Daubenspeck and Associates’ clientele consists of market leaders in a variety of industries around the world, and 50% of our clients are internationally based. We possess the scope and reach necessary to provide talent that truly qualifies as “world class.”


Our founder and CEO, Ken Daubenspeck, has been recognized as one of the “150 Most Influential Headhunters” by Business-Week.

Client’s Testimonials

“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; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“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; NiSource

“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; Steelhead Corporation

“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; Zurich North America

“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; DePaul 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; University of Illinois

“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; Council for Adult & Experiential Learning