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Chicago Executive Search

Chicago’s top executive search firm.

Elevate Your Business with Talentfoot, where we connect growth-focused companies with Chicago’s most coveted C-Suite and VP talent. Hire your next leader to accelerate revenue, growth, and innovation.

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We know Chicago

Located in the heart of Chicago, we’re in tune with the bustling energy of The Loop, the tech innovation thriving in Fulton Market and River North, and the corporate excellence along the Magnificent Mile.

Boasting a 98% success rate, our network spans these tech-centric neighborhoods and extends throughout Illinois, enabling us to connect you with top-tier C-Suite and VP talent.

You need proven executives. We deliver.

Recruit faster
Our targeted headhunting and deep candidate networks allow you to start meeting candidates in 2 weeks or less.  

Access passive talent
Meet and hire the top 10% of executives who are leading their teams and aren’t browsing job boards.

The way you want it
 Flexible pricing and service options designed to meet your organization’s needs

With the best guarantee
Enjoy the industry’s best candidate performance guarantee. 

Our executive search process.

Experience a structured and methodical search process, without the inflated cost, lousy service, and cringe of working with big executive search firms. 

Our targeted headhunting approach, combined with rigorous candidate assessment filters out pretenders, leaving only proven performers you’ll actually want to interview and hire. 

Join 2500+ Happy clients

Your team listened very carefully to our brief, and provided us only with candidates who are highly qualified and highly motivated. You didn’t just throw a bunch of names in our face. We were very satisfied with the candidates we interviewed and ultimately thrilled with the one we have hired. 

- Ben, Owner

Macklowe Gallery

Talentfoot communicated our story to candidates, rather than acting like yet another transactional recruiting studio.

- Ryan, Chief Digital Officer

Diversy Fund

I saw a really strong bench of candidates based on the intake we completed and ended up selecting two for separate needs as a result.

- Danielle. SVP, Client Experience


Talentfoot executive search and recruiting

98% Client Success Rate

Whether you’re a growth-focused start-up, scale-up, or mid-market company, you’ll benefit from Talentfoot’s unmatched success. With a 98% fill rate, we radically outperform traditional recruiters and big executive search firms – and do it all in under 7 weeks.

Your next game-changing hire is closer and faster than you think – guaranteed.

Chicago's Top Executive Search Firm

Unlike most executive search firms in Chicago, Talentfoot bridges the gap between your company and elite professionals who aren’t on the job hunt. Through Indigo – our exclusive, invite-only C-suite network – you get immediate access to the city’s most coveted executives and leaders who’ve been meticulously vetted for their ability to drive top-line growth.

Executive Search that Goes Beyond.

Our white-glove service redefines executive search in Chicago. Partner with us and receive a dedicated team including an account partner, a research and candidate assessment team, and a client success manager, all committed to your unique needs.

We offer more than a search – gain insights with market and competitive intelligence, compensation guidance, and candidate onboarding support. Elevate your executive hiring with Talentfoot – where your success is our mission.

Ready to Recruit?

Our sales recruiters are standing by. Simply fill out the form and we’ll be in touch to discuss your organization’s sales hiring requirements and answer your questions. 

Ready to Recruit?

Our sales recruiters are standing by. Simply fill out the form and we’ll be in touch to discuss your organization’s sales hiring requirements and answer your questions. 

Here are some commonly asked questions in the meantime.

Here are some commonly asked questions.

What industries do you serve?
  • Technology (SaaS, Ai, Martech, Adtech, FinTech, Cyber Security, and more)
  • Industrial, Manufacturing, and Construction
  • Consumer Durables, Electronics, and Packaged Goods
  • Professional Services
  • And more!
What roles do you help fill?

Whether you need a C-Suite executive, VP, or Director, Talentfoot can help.

Here are a few we frequently fill: 

  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Chief Data Officer (CDO)
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) 
  • Chief Revenue Officer (CRO)
  • Chief Experience Officer (CXO)
  • Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO)
  • VP (Sales, Marketing, IT, Human Resources, etc.)
  • EVP 
  • Director
Where do you have a presence?

Talentfoot has a presence across the U.S and Canada.

Our talent networks and recruiting capabilities reach into every major U.S market including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Orlando, Charlotte, Denver, Austin, St. Paul, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Waterloo, and more.

What is your process?

We follow a 13-step process for each search, beginning with a detailed intake to precisely define the skillset the organization needs to meet its goals through onboarding and retention of your new hire. Our team will guide you through the interview and offer process, providing you with best practices to make the most efficient use of your time and find the best fit for your organization.

Do you have fractional talent?

Yes. Navigate your organization’s growth with Talentfoot’s flexible hiring options. We provide a full range of talent solutions – from direct hires to fractional and advisory roles – ensuring your team is always equipped with the talent need to meet your business objectives.

What are your fee structures?

Pay for Performance, Not Promises.

Weary of recruiters who don’t deliver? Talentfoot is here to change your experience with fee structures rooted in performance, not just promises. This means paying for tangible results and success, not just effort.

  • Retained Search Services: Ideal for mission-critical, senior roles, our retained search offers a thorough and dedicated approach, with payments aligned to key milestones in the recruitment process.
  • Contingency Recruitment: Risk-free and results-oriented. Opt for our contingency model and pay only when we successfully place the right candidate in your organization.
  • Fractional Talent: Especially suited for startups and growing businesses, this model gives you access to top-tier fractional talent, allowing for smaller, and more manageable payments.
What if I'm looking for a job?

Talentfoot has helped thousands of passive candidates find their next great career. To browse our job board or submit your resume, click here.

More Frequently Asked Questions

Chicago’s premier executive search partner, Talentfoot, stands out as a strategic member of YPO and CHIEF, bringing unmatched expertise to the heart of the Windy City. Celebrated in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and more, our approach goes beyond filling roles – we redefine what leadership means.

Tailored to meet your distinct needs, our method connects you with leaders who are not just executives but transformers of businesses. When you choose Talentfoot, you’re choosing more than a search firm – you’re opening the door to exceptional leadership that aligns with Chicago’s dynamic business environment. Elevate your executive team with Talentfoot, where the pinnacle of excellence and innovation unite.

What makes Talentfoot Chicago’s top executive search firm?

Talentfoot sets itself apart as Chicago’s foremost executive search firm, known for our exceptional skill in matching top-tier talent with leading organizations. Our firm is proud of its in-depth understanding of Chicago’s diverse business landscape and our adeptness in identifying and recruiting leaders who can drive transformative growth. Our success lies in our personalized approach, tailoring each search to our client’s distinct strategic objectives and corporate culture, solidifying our role as a trusted partner in Chicago’s executive search arena.

What executive search roles does Talentfoot place in Chicago?

Talentfoot in Chicago is adept at filling a wide array of executive roles across different industries. Our expertise spans C-level positions (CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO), Vice Presidents, Directors, and Senior Managers. We emphasize roles critical to the strategic and operational success of organizations, ensuring the placement of impactful leaders who bring about substantial change.

What surrounding areas does Talentfoot’s Chicago executive search serve?

Talentfoot’s executive search services in Chicago extend beyond the city to encompass the Greater Chicago Area and parts of Illinois. Our extensive network and profound comprehension of these areas enable us to link local businesses with top executive talent who understand the unique challenges and opportunities present in these markets.

What makes Talentfoot different from other Chicago executive search firms?

Talentfoot differentiates itself from other Chicago executive search firms with our specialized and forward-thinking approach. Concentrating on key sectors such as Sales, Marketing, and Technology, we aim to drive growth and innovation in your business. Our consultative, all-encompassing strategy ensures the alignment of talent with your business vision.

We use sophisticated methods like science-based HOGAN® leadership assessments and comprehensive multi-stage interviews for unmatched precision in talent selection. Our dedication goes beyond placement; we offer extensive post-hire support to ensure new leaders not only integrate well but also propel your organization’s success.

Clients benefit from the exclusive Indigo Network Advantage – direct access to an elite network of C-suite leaders, providing unparalleled connections and insights. With Talentfoot, you get more than a recruitment service; you gain a strategic ally equipped with premier tools and customized strategies for businesses of any size and stage. Choose Talentfoot for an executive search experience in Chicago that is as exceptional as your next leader.

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