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Over 400 executive search research assignments with unique specifications completed across multiple industries

Candidate Identification and Sourcing

Gain insight into the breadth, depth, and availability of a specific talent pool with research-based candidate identification services. We see ourselves as a partner in the talent acquisition and executive search process, using our deep experience in this arena to inform our recommendations.

Company Target List Development

Athena uses intel learned over hundreds of talent searches to help executive search consultants develop a list of companies that would be excellent matches for continued success.


Athena provides research-driven recruiting services for our clients as they pursue best-fit talent for the long-term health of their companies.

Talent Mapping

Utilizing research into your company and your competitors, Athena helps you identify your potential talent needs and develop a plan for integrating the right talent at the right time.

Case Studies

Executive Search Research Support

Athena is the outsourced research provider for an East Coast boutique search firm with global reach. We are in our eighth year of this relationship and are a seamless extension of their business. We view this client’s clients as our own: we actively participate in client meetings and have played notable roles in client presentations.

At any given time, Athena is engaged on five to fifteen Director through CEO-level search engagements. We also work on special consulting projects such as defining the market for senior executive talent in a specific area or internal projects such as database design and management.

This Client relies on Athena to:

  • Provide a point of view on the feasibility of a potential search mandate
  • Get up to speed quickly (1-2 business days) on an engagement
  • Identify new organizations to recruit candidates out of (not known to the client)
  • Identify all high potential candidates
  • Proactively communicate with the client team
  • Offer insights and solutions to challenges
  • “Stay with” the assignment until the close
Executive Recruiting

Our client, a boutique management consulting firm focused on organizational strategy development and execution, wanted to identify two strategic hires at the Principal level.

Through our extensive knowledge of the strategy consulting market, coupled with insights on the client’s culture and the successful consultant profile, Athena was able to successfully identify and place two Principal Consultants within twelve weeks. The client subsequently retained Athena to identify and place a Partner at the firm.