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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
  • Defense
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare / Life Sciences
  • Industrial / Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit
  • Technology

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.

  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems/ IT
  • Medical/Technical/Engineering
  • Operations/Manufacturing
  • Sales
  • Marketing

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.

Josh Klevens

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.

Kathy Grisdela

Vice President North American Operations, Kautex

Led facilities upgrade and closures effort that saves $2 million annually

Tim Hill

President – Higher Education, Blackbaud

Grew Iomega revenue from $140 million to $1.7 billion

Mike Keating

Chief Human Resources Officer, Suburban Propane

Increased market cap from $1 billion to $3 billion

Brent Milier

Executive Vice President,
MiMedx Group

Improved top-line profit by 30%, and doubled profit

Recent Placements

Sandra Beckett

Sandra Beckett

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

George Davis

George Davis

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

Allison Mullis

Allison Mullis

Chief Human Resources Officer

Bell Helicopter

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

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