Overview

Established in 1954, Canny, Bowen is widely known as the preeminent boutique executive search firm in the United States. For over 60 years, we have specialized in one thing: recruiting the very best senior level executive and legal talent, with no ancillary services to distract us.

Canny, Bowen is committed to remaining privately held and modest in size to avoid the restrictions found in global search firms which prevent a thorough search because of “off limits” problems and other conflicts of interest.

Canny, Bowen’s clients know that a seasoned Partner is involved in their assignment from start to finish. Each Partner is hands-on in every aspect of each assignment: client care, research, candidate identification and assessment, client presentations, and placement/closure issues.

Over 80% of our searches come from repeat business from clients which include such well respected companies as: General Electric, Pfizer, Balfour Beatty, Colfax, Danaher, The Hartford, IBM, International Paper, Polaris Industries, and Royal Dutch Shell.

Canny, Bowen also has an active practice recruiting for the portfolio companies of private equity firms as well as middle market companies and early stage privately held companies.

Each of our partners averages over 25 years of executive search experience. We have established extensive networks that enable us to identify, and gain access to, the most outstanding professionals, including the most sought after diversity candidates. For example, as the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Heidrick & Struggles, Canny, Bowen’s David Peasback developed relationships which remain invaluable sources of information about the top executive and legal talent in the marketplace today.

Canny, Bowen is a member of Penrhyn International, one of the largest global partnerships of independent retained executive search firms. Established in 1979, Penrhyn has member firms throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. This affiliation enables us to serve our clients on a global basis.