The Leader in HR Executive Search & Consulting

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Two Sigma
General Electric

Elevating HR for Innovative Companies

Learn why high-growth startups, tech unicorns, and the Fortune 100
trust Frederickson Partners to build their human resources leadership teams.

Wisdom. Guidance. Success.

Every day, we think anew about how to meet the evolving needs of our clients. Fresh ideas, along with 20 years of HR experience, give us the edge in finding People, Culture and Talent leaders – both the seasoned executives and the hot up-and-comers – who can strategically guide organizations through rapid growth and transformation. Many clients have been with us for more than a decade and over 97% refer us or hire us again for HR executive search and consulting.


Silicon Overload

Work-life balance has cemented itself as the #1 job factor behind compensation, and it’s really no surprise. Years of burning the midnight oil night-after-night and missing countless school plays and recitals can wreak havoc on both health and family dynamics. Add to this the cash reserves that many Silicon Valley business leaders have been hoarding since the recovery began, and you get executives who are comfortable taking the summer off and spending time with their families. Not long ago, executive vacations often involved working from a hotel room while friends and family played by the pool. Not this year. More executives are finally pulling the plug and taking a well-earned, legitimate vacation. After all, they’ve worked hard, their companies are doing well, and if their CEO or the Board doesn’t like it, the job market is hot. What’s to lose? And as a guarantee that they won’t habitually check their work email, more executives are going to off-the beaten path locations - be it Kilimanjaro, Iceland, or Cuba.

Keeping these extended vacations in mind, those in the market for a high-profile executive may need to plan accordingly:

  • Allow longer runways for new hire start dates. Don’t expect new executives to be willing to start tomorrow. We’re seeing start dates negotiated out weeks or even months. Plan for not only the customary 2-3 weeks’ notice to their current employers but also an additional 2-3 weeks of pre-planned vacation.
  • Factor in time for searches to potentially drag into fall. Between your in-house executives who have been traveling all spring for business and are now playing summer holiday musical chairs, and the candidate’s own vacation calendar, scheduling can become a mess.
  • Consider alternative stop-gaps. Rather than juggling calendars and having executives dial-in for interviews while on vacation, many companies are now pausing their C-suite searches and putting in consultants who can fill the void until everyone’s back in the office. Most of our always-on, always-available consultants are now fully engaged well past Labor Day.
  • If you need to close them before they get away, make it work. For the absolutely perfect candidate, it’s not about the money, and you can’t afford to let them get snapped up by a competitor. Lock them in and get creative in the interim by bringing on an acting head to hold down the fort until your candidate returns, or trading off their summer vacation with a longer winter holiday once they’re onboarded.

And, with that, bon voyage!


We know HR. Other HR executive search firms spend 90% of their time learning about their clients’ HR needs and deciding who might be qualified for the role. We focus on delivering insight into how to best manage the People function and on short-listing the most valuable strategic HR candidates, whom we already know. Clients receive aggressive support during selection and negotiation, guidance during onboarding, and long-term consultation.


We have built lasting bonds with highly qualified HR executive candidates through continual dialogue and thoughtful career advice. When we contact them with a search opportunity, they respond. Clients trust us because we connect them, time and again, with the best people – the executive People, Culture, and Talent candidates whose capabilities match the specific needs of their company.


Most of our HR executive searches conclude within three months. Drawing from a talent pool of over 15,000 pre-screened HR pros worldwide, Our disciplined, metrics-driven approach promotes an effective and efficient search, delivering the reach of a large search firm, but with the high-touch and responsiveness of a boutique firm.

Additional HR Services

Strategic HR & People Operations Consulting

Our HR consultants have the specialized skills to consult, design and implement HR and culture programs. We provide strategic HR support for Board communications, organizational design, M&A, executive compensation, employee engagement, change management, and multi-site global ramp-ups.

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Reductions-in-Force & Outplacement

High-touch, custom-designed, cost-effective layoff and outplacement services protect your company, send the right message to the employment market, and treat your employees with care and respect. ICCI-certified consultants manage the process, achieving high-engagement levels that reduce post-termination employment litigation.

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