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Executive Search

We excel in linking organizations with executives who bring invaluable perspective to the c-suite and boardroom. Utilizing an extensive network of industry contacts across the East Coast, our 360 approach delivers exceptional results.

Our executive services and flagship markets include:

Distinct legal partner recruiter Joel Stevenson

Personalized headhunting service

For accomplished leaders with remarkable careers, finding opportunities that match your ambition is paramount. Our executive recruiters offer exclusive access to confidential opportunities and unadvertised roles. Leveraging our market insights and extensive network, we understand the long-term visions of firms and how executive candidates can fit in and add value. Prioritizing confidentiality, our executive search recruiters serve as your strategic allies, guiding you toward further impactful career moves.

Ellie Butler

Retained executive search

Today, boards face increasing demands from stakeholders such as shareholders, employees, customers and regulators. Additionally, the changing accounting and legal markets, along with rapid technological advancements, require boards to reassess their capabilities. We understand the importance of finding the right executive hires and the specific qualities new directors and partners must have and we tailor our services to meet these needs.

With our extensive experience, we foster strong relationships on both sides, connecting talented C-suite professionals with firms of all sizes – from boutique firms to large national enterprises – to build enduring and successful businesses.

Executive search FAQs answered

Our premium experience for both clients and candidates centers on our deep understanding of short and long-term business aspirations, as well as the motivations behind finding a new leadership member. Using this insight, we identify and attract potential candidates, conduct thorough interviews, present a shortlist and facilitate the hiring process.

Our tailored services encompass:

  • Up-to-date market insights
  • Efficient candidate and business screening
  • Optional psychometric profiling
  • Access to a team of executive coaches for both businesses and successful candidates
  • Access to a vast network of passive candidates, ensuring the highest caliber of senior professionals, not just those actively on the market today.


Additionally, our fee structure, entirely covered by the hiring company, incorporates a bespoke 3-month guarantee. This plan supports clients and candidates in achieving the best possible impact in the first 100 days.

Based in Boston and with a presence in the UK, our primary focus is on the East Coast. For specialized industries like Legal, we facilitate placements in Massachusetts, Washington DC, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In the public accounting sector, our coverage extends to the previously mentioned states and includes Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. We also facilitate numerous remote and hybrid positions. With ambitious growth plans and ongoing expansion into new states, if you’re seeking executive opportunities in another state, reach out – we may still be able to assist you.

Ensuring confidentiality is a paramount concern for us. Our team operates with the utmost discretion, respecting the privacy of both candidates and clients. We follow established protocols including utilizing redacted resumes, enabling candidates to explore new opportunities without jeopardizing their current positions and businesses with a discreet and effective hiring experience.

What our candidates say

Her [Georgina] patience and care were crucial during my transition. If you are looking to explore possibilities to match your career goals, I recommend reaching out to Georgina.
[Ellie] helped me to secure a role at my current company, which is a major step up in terms of workspace and skill level […] I couldn’t have asked for a better facilitator for such a big move.
Not only did Imogen communicate the steps to me, but she also provided interview tips that were really helpful and resulted in me getting the job.
She [Isabelle] goes to great lengths to ensure you are comfortable and informed during the job search process, and best of all, put you first and is always on top of things with quick responses.
Rebecca is an excellent recruiter, […] she set clear expectations and promptly provided feedback from the potential employers that I had meetings with.
[Arran and Rebecca] form a realistic plan to start the process of job searching. They clearly love what they do and you will not be treated as just another sale by them.

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At Distinct, we go beyond advertised roles. If you’re a standout c-suite or partner candidate in finance, accountancy or the legal sector, we would love to hear from you.