Fit Matters Most. We find it, and both our clients and candidates benefit.
Many Industries, all functional areas
We work in many industries, having matched star executives to organizations in sectors ranging from high-tech to non-profit, and education to consumer products. We work with private equity firms to find executives for their portfolio companies, and also specialize in these industries:
- Consumer Products
- Financial Services
- Healthcare / Life Sciences
- Industrial / Manufacturing
We’ve placed executives at the C-suite, vice president, and director level in most functional areas. We know how to find and recruit the best fitting candidates for any executive role, giving our clients access to experienced talent with exceptional leadership abilities.
- General Management
- Human Resources
- Information Systems/ IT
Executive Search for Private Equity
Private Equity firms have unique needs when it comes to executive recruiting. The demand for transformational leaders is significant, especially when it comes to navigating the unique challenges faced in the fast-moving Private Equity landscape. The kinds of candidates that Durakis Executive Search finds are leaders who exhibit the following traits:
- The ability to foster an organizational culture that is distinct but also reflective of the parent company’s DNA.
- The ability to lead and execute at the marathon-sprint cadence of Private Equity.
- An understanding of the milestones unique to Private Equity and ability to strategically manage to a five-year horizon (not just to quarterly earnings).
- The ability to wear multiple “hats” within an evolving organizational dynamic where resources are often unpredictable.
Durakis Executive Search helps meet this demand, specializing in CEO and direct-report-to-CEO candidates for portfolio companies, listening and looking until we’re able to match the unique DNA and values of the company’s culture with the candidate. We understand that Private Equity professionals are truly invested in finding great talent, and we’re right there with them every step of the way.
Managing Director, Charlesbank Capital Partners
“At one of our portfolio companies, there was a focus on implementing lean strategies throughout the entire enterprise. We needed a VP of Operations who understood lean execution and had the vision to bring it about. Chuck sorted through many excellent candidates to find the perfect fit. We hired a fantastic VP of Ops and haven’t looked back since.”
A Legacy of Executive Search
Our track record of finding the best fit for executive roles is unquestioned. Explore the positions we’ve filled and the companies, industries, and functional areas those professionals are leading.
Explore the list of positions we’ve filled.
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Executives Making an Impact
When Durakis connects proven business leaders to new opportunities, our clients feel the impact. Take a look at a few of our placements, and the results and value they’ve generated.
Vice President North American Operations, Kautex
Led facilities upgrade and closures effort that saves $2 million annually
President – Higher Education, Blackbaud
Grew Iomega revenue from $140 million to $1.7 billion
Chief Human Resources Officer, Suburban Propane
Increased market cap from $1 billion to $3 billion
Executive Vice President,
Improved top-line profit by 30%, and doubled profit
Director Human Resources
Textron Marine & Land Systems
Both strategic and tactical, Sandra understands the details and big picture. Sandra is a fantastic HR business partner. She wants to make people better and invests her time to make that happen.” – Chuck Durakis
Chief Executive Officer
George impressed TEDCO’s board on all counts. He’s been involved in growing technology businesses for over 20 years, including taking Aether Systems from a startup with 10 people to a multibillion dollar operation and through an IPO. George is the perfect CEO for TEDCO. He’s an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur.”
– Chuck Durakis
Chief Human Resources Officer
Allison is the prototypical CHRO – strategic, tactical, with a unique capability of connecting with everyone. Her quick rise to lead human resources at Bell Helicopter does not surprise me at all.” – Chuck Durakis
“At one of our portfolio companies, there was a focus on implementing lean strategies throughout the entire operational enterprise, so we sought a VP of Operations who understood lean execution and had the vision and skills to bring it about. Chuck sorted through many excellent candidates to find the perfect fit. We hired a fantastic VP of Ops and haven’t looked back since.”
Managing Director, Charlesbank Capital Partners
“In the crowded field of search consultants Chuck distinguishes himself through true professionalism and commitment to excellence that is unmatched. Far beyond the position spec - he prides himself on learning the culture, business model, metrics and success factors for each position. He is insightful and thorough in his candidate assessments and delivers messages with candor and credibility. Chuck is a trusted business partner with strong personal values…a winning combination.”
Chief Human Resources Officer, Constellation Brands
“Working with Chuck Durakis was what it should be like in working with an executive recruiter. Chuck earned my trust when I had to fill several key positions in relatively short time with nobody on hand to manage a professional search and interview process. Chuck always exceeded my expectations. Chuck spent a lot of time to understand us as a company and me as an executive. He only presents top quality hand-selected candidates which also matched both our corporate culture and my management style. Chuck knows how to cross the finish line with the best candidate. Chuck is the best recruiter in the search business I have ever worked with.”
President, MPM LLC
“Chuck is, by far, the best recruiter with whom I have worked.”
Head of Healthcare & Financial Institutions, Commercial Markets, Zurich North America
“Chuck has an uncanny ability to zero in on the key attributes I am seeking in the candidate for each search… more than once I have witnessed Chuck being credited with running the best search process they had been involved with. Thanks to my work with Chuck Durakis, I’ve built some extraordinary teams. He’s my go-to guy for identifying, recruiting, and ensuring that I retain top talent.”
Michael J. Collins
Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer, CFA Institute