Top Executive Search Firms in Seattle Named for 2021

For the 4th year in a row, has named the “Top Search Firms” in the nation. This ranking of the best Seattle executive search firms focuses on search agencies that specialize in retained executive searches in Seattle, WA.


Finding an experienced executive is more important than ever in these uncertain times. Each year, recognizes the best executive search firms in Seattle – including those serving Redmond, Bellevue, and Tacoma — via a multiphase selection process that involves independent research and peer evaluation. The executive search firms in Seattle that receive the highest-point totals during this selection process are recognized on our yearly Top Search Firms Lists.

Winning the elite distinction of “Top Executive Search Firms in Seattle” are the Laurel Group and Cowen Partners Executive Search, topping our list of the best recruitment firms. Both Laurel Group and Cowen Partners specialize exclusively in retained executive searches.

Top Executive Search Firms in Seattle in 2021

The 2021 honorees who have been spotlighted for their work in executive search are as follows:

Laurel Group

Cowen Partners

Parker Remick

Herd Freed Hartz

CSI Executive Search


Spencer Stuart

Bray Executive Search


Seattle, a city on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and contains thousands of acres of parkland. Washington State’s largest city, it’s home to a large tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area.


Top Search Firms is a rating service dedicated to finding the nation’s best executive search firms, based on peer nominations, evaluations, and recognition, as well as professional achievement and independent research. This meticulous selection process occurs on an annual basis.

The list of “Top Search Firms” is meant to be a resource for companies and HR leaders seeking to understand the complexities of the executive search and recruiting industry. This research offers prospective employers an insightful, comprehensive look at the top executive search firms by sharing resources, opinions, and rankings as a guide to helping you choose the best firm to meet your executive search needs. No payment is ever accepted from executive search firms for inclusion on these lists, and firm input and feedback are not used to create these elite rankings. Top Search Firms does not accept any advertising from industry partners, vendors, suppliers, and employers.

The rankings noted on this site are deemed reliable and cannot be guaranteed, as some of the data is provided by privately held companies and, therefore, cannot be exhaustively verified.

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