Delivering Exceptional Executive Talent for Employee-Owned Success

Recruiting, Retaining, and Transforming ESOP Leadership Talent for Exponential Business Growth

Executive Search for ESOP Companies

At Strategic Talent Partners, we specialize in working with Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) companies. With over 25 years of experience, we understand that ESOPs are unique. These companies need leaders who not only excel in their roles but also align with the company’s core values and champion the concept of employee ownership. Not every talented leader is suited for an ESOP environment.

Our Expertise in ESOP Leadership

Strategic Talent Partners has a proven track record of identifying and securing top-tier leaders for employee-owned companies. We have partnered with ESOPs nationwide, successfully helping them find and hire the right executive talent and Board Directors. Our experience has shown that the profile of a successful ESOP leader is distinct. Besides having the necessary skills and cultural fit, a leader must also exhibit five key leadership qualitiesunique to ESOPs.

Download our Hiring for ESOP Leaders eBook

Effective ESOP Leaders

The Strategic Talent Partners ESOP Executive Search Process

Our process is tailored specifically for ESOPs. It begins with a deep dive into your company’s culture, core values, mission, and goals. We work closely with you to define the ideal profile for your executive positions, ensuring we identify candidates who possess the right skills, behaviors and traits and will fit your company now and in the future.

CEO Succession/Transition

Planning for CEO succession is crucial and ideally starts four to five years before the transition. However, it’s never too late to start. Our CEO Succession Guide assists you in navigating this critical phase, addressing common questions such as:

  • How should our Board of Directors be involved?
  • How should our current CEO be involved?
  • What should our search process look like?

ESOP CEO Transition Roadmap ™

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Partnering with ESOP Organizations

We collaborate with numerous ESOP organizations that have talented, invested employees. With your stock price being a key success indicator, it’s essential to find and manage individuals who are innovative and driven. Our services include:

  • Executive search from CEO to Manager
  • Independent Board Director Search
  • Insights on finding, selecting, and retaining your employee-owners
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At Strategic Talent Partners, we are committed to helping ESOPs build and develop exceptional leadership teams that drive success and uphold the values of employee ownership.

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Welcome to the future of Executive Search and Leadership Solutions! We are thrilled to announce the merger of CorTalent and KeyStone Executive Search. Joining forces as Strategic Talent Partners, we bring together more than 250 combined years of experience in positive client outcomes, tenure of collaborative partnerships, and a shared belief that your success results from hiring and retaining the right leadership talent.

What does this mean for you? We’re the same team you’ve trusted for years, now with even deeper expertise in:

  1. Executive Retained Search including CEO transition and board searches, Chief Officer searches, and functional leadership searches, and
  2. Leadership Solutions including leadership assessments, leadership and team workshops and programs, and talent strategies and succession planning.