About Us

Founded in 2001 by Paul Frankenberg, Focus Search Partners was acquired in 2014 to become the retained executive search entity of Vaco, a private equity-backed consulting and strategic solutions firm with more than 30 offices across the nation and beyond. With revenues approaching $500 million, Vaco has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for the last ten years. As a Vaco company, Focus Search Partners is the only private equity-backed retained executive search firm in the country.

FSP acquired San Francisco-based Charlson Partners in March 2016 and in June of 2017, acquired Dallas-based Taylor Winfield Executive Search, doubling its size. Today, the firm has a broad national footprint with five offices, and as a member of Penrhyn International delivers global talent management solutions.

Focus Search Partners was built on deep relationships with investors, influential boards, networks, and a talent base affiliated with our core industries. Through both organic and acquired growth, FSP has one of the strongest executive search teams in the industry, bringing together years of recruiting and operating experience, proven success in core industries and expertise across all functional disciplines.

We Build Leadership Teams That Grow Organizations

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