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Technology | Engineering | Data | Product | Digital

- Retained Executive Search

- Board, C-level, VP, Director

Why we do what we do

Distinguished Search launched February 2020. 

These are interesting times.

Now, more than ever, there is an opportunity to change recruiting. 


Who we work with

On the surface our clients look very different from each other.  There are tremendous synergies.
  • They are passionate and on a mission.

  • They are industry disruptors.

  • They have a strong foundation and have big goals for the future.

  • Their story may not be obvious, and they need someone to help tell it in the market when attracting top talent.

  • What they are looking for in an executive is ambiguous, and a lot more than a title.

  • They’re busy and want results.

Positions we fill








SaaS / Platform




Chief Data Officer

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Data Engineering

Machine Learning

Data Science

Artificial Intelligence


Chief Product Officer

Business Head / P&L Roles

Product Management

Product Development

General Management


Chief Digital Officer

Digital Innovation



We have placed candidates across North America.

Candidates were recruited from cities with red pins.

Blue stars are where they landed.

We look everywhere.

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Distinguished Search was inspired by the Distinguished Engineers of tech companies. 

Meet The Team


Lauren Cooney

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Director of Operations 

Media Center

Find the latest Distinguished Search featured articles, podcasts and interviews.

Career Sessions, Career Lessons with J.R. Lowry

October 16, 2023 - Demystifying Executive Search with Somer Hackley.

Ambition Out Loud

S3 Ep 1 - Demystifying Executive Search with Somer Hackley.

The Resilient Recruiter Podcast with Mark Whitby

Ep 139 - How to Grow a Wildly Successful Executive Search Practice, with Somer Hackley. We talk about “doing BD by not doing BD.”

The Career PROgressions Podcast with Mark Allred

On this episode Somer Hackley is joining Mark to talk about some answers about working with recruiters and a job search in general that might be hiding right in front of us. She’s going to share some of the wisdom in her new book Search in Plain Sight.

Brainfood Live On Air

Ep 165 - How to be Influential on Video


Capital One's Digital Diaspora: How One Bank Became A Wellspring Of CIO Talent For Many Companies


The Enterprisers Project
IT hiring: 5 truths about executive search firms

Millie Magazine

An End to the "Girlboss" Era?

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How's the market?

Distinguished Digest

Our biweekly newsletter featuring recruiting tips, news, and the most up to date executive recruiting trends. 

March 8, 2023

Issue 39: Market Trends;

Featuring Susan Towers, Executive Search Consultant at Boly:Welch 


February 22, 2023

Issue 38: Market Trends;

Featuring Zen Mak, Founder & CEO at RallyWorks

February 1, 2023

Issue 37: Market Trends;

Featuring Cassa Hanon, Executive Coach and Consultant


January 18, 2023

Issue 36: Market Trends;

Featuring Julia Bocage, Senior Client Partner at Common Agenda


January 4, 2023

Issue 35: Year in Review

December 7, 2022
Issue 34: Market Trends;

Featuring Elisabeth Constantin, the Owner & CEO at Abreo Career Services

November 16, 2022

Issue 33: Market Trends;

Featuring Brian Ippolito, Partner at Artico Search

October 19, 2022

Issue 32: Market Trends in Europe;

Featuring Philip Young, Founder & Managing Director at Adalent

October 5, 2022

Issue 31: Market Trends & Tips;
Featuring Emerson Wolfe, Director at RevelOne


September 8, 2022
Issue 30: Market Trends from an in-house recruiter; Featuring Rosalie Campbell, Executive Recruiter at Google

August 24, 2022

Issue 29: Market Trends from an Executive Recruiter;

Featuring Kara Ruskin, Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry

August 10, 2022

Issue 28: Top  3 Market Trends;

Feedback from Executives in the market

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