About Chief Officers Group

We turn the wheels of industry

We work with private equity, privately owned businesses, lenders and turnaround investors to recruit the senior executive talent they need to maximise shareholder value. Our candidates’ insights help the right deals to succeed - and the wrong deals to fail. We enhance value by providing the all-important human capital to run businesses and create long-term success. We also work with growing corporates and AIM-listed business at the point of IPO and along the journey. We have, so far, successfully delivered on over 400 search assignments at board level and our candidates have advised on countless deals and potential deals. 

We're selective

We don't want to work with everyone and we focus our attention on the very best. Our work is focused on dynamic situations, typically where private equity is involved or where growth, strategic or ownership change is taking place. We know what we're good at, and we stick to it. We only work at board and senior management level. Our selective approach means we can get to know our candidates better, helping us home in on the best match. Our proven search methodology has delivered time and again always to a demanding brief that requires deep knowledge of our market.

How we work

Pre-deal, we quickly provide clients with experienced board-level candidates to help them assess new deals. These are outstanding people who are immediately available for their next role or with the capacity to provide specialist insight and expertise to help make or break the deal.

Post-deal, having been introduced to management by their private equity backer we work closely with them. We agree on a detailed brief and undertake a robust, targeted market search to deliver a shortlist containing the right people. Our unique position in the market enables us to understand the needs of investors and management alike making sure that everyone’s interests are fully aligned.

The right people for the deal 

Chief Officers Group provides clients with access to board level executives including chairmen, chief executives, chief financial officers, finance directors, chief operating officers, non-executive directors, and more. 

Through our extended network, we have also delivered searches for the roles of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Chief Technology Director (CTO) and H R director

There’s no ‘CV upload’ facility on our website, for good reason: we work with people we’ve got to know because they’re the people worth knowing, or because they are introduced to us by our network. For specific roles, we perform thorough targeted research against an agreed brief and we seek out and match the best people.

Because we have dealt with these situations so many times we can advise candidates accurately on the financial aspects of an appointment, benchmarking remuneration and the all-important equity equation.


Many of our clients have a pan-European investment strategy and our candidates reflect this. Within our team, we have deep experience and knowledge of working in Germany, France, the Nordics, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America and Australasia. We have recently helped clients in France, Germany, Eastern Europe, Switserland and Australia.

I've known the COG team professionally for many years. They are accomplished and professional operators with an extensive network of board level contacts who really understand the recruitment needs of the private equity industry. Their reputation for service and delivery is well earned.

Martin Jenkins, Practice Senior Partner, Deloitte UK