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Diversified Search Group Named One of the Top 5 Executive Search Firms in the U.S.

Forbes Magazine has ranked Diversified Search Group as one of the top five executive search firms in the country  in its annual ranking of the nation’s best executive search firms. 

“During this turbulent time for American leadership, we are both proud and humbled to once again receive this incredible designation from one of the country’s premier business publications,” said Diversified Search Group CEO Dale E. Jones. “If our current climate shows anything, it is the need for bold and visionary leadership at every level of American life.” 

In additional remarks, Jones noted that The Diversified Search Group has "carved a different path in the executive search industry."

"Over 45 years ago, our firm was launched with a guiding purpose: that diversity is essential to success. Diversity, equity, and inclusion have always been our mission, but at this moment in our nation’s history, we want to reach out to say that Black Lives Matter and that we are committed to doing all that we can to leverage our networks, expertise, and proven track record to place more Black leaders to lead our nation forward. This is not new for us. Our life’s work reflects these core values."

Jones is the only Black CEO of a major executive search firm in the United States. 

Diversified Search Group comprises Diversified Search and its combined firms of BioQuest, based in San Francisco; Koya Partners, headquartered in Boston; Grant Cooper, based in St. Louis; and Storbeck Search, headquartered in Media, PA. Diversified acquired BioQuest in 2016, and added Koya and Grant Cooper in 2019.

Storbeck Search became part of The Diversified Search Group in February 2020.

Diversified Search Group is also the official U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of global search firms with 53 offices in 31 countries worldwide.

Partnering with market research company Statista, Forbes determined its fourth annual list of the Top 200 executive search firms through surveys of company clients, candidates, and CHROs who had engaged or worked with search firms during the past three years. Search firms could not nominate themselves. The magazine evaluated firms for their ability over the past year to excel in what it called “a unique employment environment, one where, for the first time in recent memory, organizations have found themselves struggling to attract the workforces they need to succeed.” 

“We are pleased to offer a unique business model in the search industry, and to have the quality of that model confirmed through this continued honor from Forbes,” said Judith M. von Seldeneck, who founded Diversified Search in 1974 with the vision of finding executive roles for women and underrepresented communities, and who currently holds the title of Founder and Chair. “Our commitment to our clients, to advance leaders and transform organizations, remains as strong as ever."