Ken Daubenspeck is founder and President of Daubenspeck and Associates, and a Managing Partner of the IMD International Search Group. Business Week recognized Ken as one of the “150 Most Influential Headhunters in the World”, and Executive Search Review ranks Daubenspeck and Associates among the “Top 40 Search Firms of U.S. and the Americas”.
With over three decades of experience in the executive search field, Ken has successfully led over 500 executive search assignments for his domestic and international clients within a broad range of industries. As founder of Daubenspeck and Associates, Ken has focused on providing retained executive recruiting, assessment, and selection.
Ken served in the western pacific fleet of the United States Nuclear Submarine Navy prior to beginning his career in the banking division of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), where he led planning and integration teams in the areas of human resources and information technology. Ken continued in leadership roles at the Central National Bank and the Chicago Title and Trust companies before entering the executive search industry in 1980. After starting Daubenspeck and Associates in 1982, Ken was recruited to manage the search practice for a medium-size, Chicago-based executive search firm. After tripling the firm’s revenues in two years, Ken returned to Daubenspeck and Associates in 1989.
Ken continued to be a successful executive search professional, opening the Chicago office for GKR International and later becoming the Managing Partner Americas for Gow & Partners, which ranked as the 20th largest international search firm.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University and has served as Alumni Board Chairman for DePaul University’s School for New Learning. He is also a board member of the Oakton Community College Foundation and serves on the Business Advisory Group for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Ken is active in the Economic Club of Chicago, Junior Achievement, the Association of Executive Search Consultants, and the Society for Information Management.