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Finding and empowering the difference makers—again and again

Anyone can use a search tool to find a resume, but only Durakis
Executive Search has decades of experience and a network of
executives to identify the exceptional.

OUR PRINCIPLES

Discovering and evaluating the best fit for an executive role is as much an art as a science. However, understanding a client’s needs and pairing them with a candidate’s capabilities is only a fraction of the process.

Durakis has proven itself time and time again by spending personal attention on every match, building deep trust with every client, backing everything with years of expertise, and achieving success with our clients and for our clients.

Explore the list of positions we’ve filled.

Firm Foundations for Partnership

Four principles guide our work as we partner with clients to find them the best candidates:

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The right outcome.

Success

Regardless of your measure, your success is our success — growing revenue from millions to billions of dollars, exponentially increasing market cap, and saving millions—these are just some of the successes our placed executives have had in their new companies.

We pride ourselves in not just finding the best candidates for our clients, but in their successes once hired. Our goal is to not just fill a job opening but provide long-lasting benefit to our clients through the executives we place.

Hear from the clients and candidates that work with us.

Diane
Schwarz

00:19

Chief Information Officer,
Johnson Controls

Client

Sandra
Beckett

00:32

Chief Human Resources Officer,
City Furniture

Placed candidate and client

Ryan
Hazlett

00:16

SVP, Global Military Sales &
Strategy, Textron Systems

Client

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The right history.

Experience

Our search process has been consistent for almost 50 years, though it is always evolving. Over half of our candidates come from our own cultivated network of professionals.

Starting with Charlie Durakis and continuing with son Chuck, Durakis Executive Search has a family pedigree in finding the perfect candidate. Each search is unique, intricate, and treated as our most important search.

Anna-Maria
Palmer

00:34

Chief Human Resources Officer, GBMC Healthcare System

Placed candidate and client

Anna-Maria was the first strategically focused VP Human Resources at AAI. Reporting to the CEO she helped transform the company that was ultimately purchased at a huge premium by Textron.

Chuck Durakis

Brian
Wheeler

00:47

Chief Human Resources Officer, Sabert Corporation

Client

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The right focus.

Attention

Before they are presented to our clients, every candidate is personally interviewed by Chuck Durakis, the president of Durakis Executive Search. This extra level of attention ensures our clients are only presented with the best candidates and those who fully understand the position and hunger for the challenge.

Francis
Smyth

00:26

President & CEO, Century Engineering

Client

Ryan
Hazlett

00:34

SVP, Global Military Sales & Strategy, Textron Systems

Client

Todd
Martin

00:35

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, PinnacleCare

Client

Chuck

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Even before the match is made, we have invested an unparalleled level of time into understanding the needs of clients and skills of candidates, often uncovering hidden issues that other firms might gloss over.

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The right choice.

Trust

We create an unprecedented amount of trust with our candidates and clients. Trust breaks down barriers and often reveals what is most important to the candidate and client. Trust is essential to find the perfect fit.

Tim Hill

00:37

SVP, Strategic Relationships, Blackbaud

Placed candidate and client

A marketing visionary, I originally recruited Tim to Gates Energy Products where he built the first ever consumer battery division. Then, as Chief Marketing Officer, Iomega’s revenues grew from $140 million to $1.7 billion and its market cap from $90 million to over $4 billion –in less than 3 years!

Chuck Durakis

Allison
Mullis

00:40

EVP, Human Resources, Bell

Placed candidate and client

I placed Allison as Director HR for the Marine & Land Systems business at Textron. Her skills and talents were quickly recognized by the highest levels of leadership at Textron and within three years she has become Chief Human Resources Officer at Bell, a multi-billion-dollar piece of Textron.

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Trust is the cornerstone of everything at Durakis. Our clients need to trust that we will find the best fit for their executive roles. Our candidates need to trust in our honesty about the position. That’s why we designed a process that builds trust.

See our process in action in this short video.

OUR PROCESS

We’re not “most firms”

We’re access to a network. Once most firms place a candidate, they
consider their work done. We never have. We maintain communication with
both the client who hired us and their new executive.

Several executives we’ve helped place have come full circle, hiring Durakis
Executive Search to help build their own new team.

And this network has been invaluable in connecting people together for
business benefits outside of just candidate searching.

Together, we have truly become partners in success.

Allison
Mullis

00:16

EVP, Human Resources, Bell

Placed candidate and client

I placed Allison as Director HR for the Marine & Land Systems business at Textron. Her skills and talents were quickly recognized by thehighest levels of leadership at Textron and within three years she has become Chief Human Resources Officer at Bell, a multi-billion-dollar piece of Textron.

Chuck Durakis

Jim
Tarallo

00:37

EVP, CFO, Bell

Placed candidate and client

I placed Jim as VP Finance for Textron Defense. Jim has been promoted several times because of his incredible accomplishments and management ability and he is now Chief Financial Officer at Bell, a multi-billion-dollar piece of Textron.

Chuck Durakis

Anna-Maria
Palmer

00:28

Chief Human Resources Officer, GBMC Healthcare System

Placed candidate and client

Anna-Maria was the first strategically focused VP Human Resources at AAI. Reporting to the CEO she helped transform the company that was ultimately purchased at a huge premium by Textron.

Chuck Durakis

Contact us today

We will find your next exceptional executive.

LEADERSHIP

Chuck Durakis, President
chuck@durakis.com
(410) 299-8124

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