Our Candidates

who we place

We fill the chairs at the boardroom table.

We match and place the best available talent for main board positions, including:


We're looking for people with successful track records of single or plural chairmanships, and who understand the intricacies of the role — from inception through to successful exit with a track record of creating shareholder value. Increasingly this will include available and successful chief executives who are ready to go plural and have the time to take on a hands-on executive chairman role. This important role is a key area of focus for us and we focus a considerable amount of our time on targeting and getting to know the very best chairmen for our clients.

Chief financial officers & finance directors

This crucial role has been a core competence of ours for a period of over 15 years.  A challenging economic climate demands exceptional skills from those responsible for finance. Our team have placed well over 150 CFOs and FDs into dynamic situations in multiple sectors. Our expertise in this area is well-documented and we have been quoted on the subject of ‘Outstanding FDs’ in numerous journals over the years. The role of CFO in a private equity deal is highly specialised and we know what is needed better than anyone. 

Many of our CFO appointments have participated in successful exits and have since gone on to be recruited successfully on multiple occasions.

Chief executive officers

Our CEO candidates are sourced through a proven executive search process geared to the needs of each specific assignment. Whilst every assignment is unique all our placed CEO candidates have proven leadership skills and in-depth sector-specific knowledge as well as experience of private-equity-backed contexts. Many are themselves successful entrepreneurs with a proven track record of start-ups. Either way, their personal success means they are able to invest alongside private equity and bring with them valuable insights and sector knowledge. We are also well placed to help successful chief executives interested in making the move to the role of chairman.

Other chief officers

We place senior executives across the full suite of board positions, including operations (COO), marketing (CMO) commercial (CCO), technology (CTO) and Human resources.

Non-executive directors

We are interested in experienced, commercially minded and well-connected non-executive directors. Those candidates most in demand will naturally have a strong appreciation of the crucial differences between management, direction and ownership. Most importantly though, they will be well-connected with hands-on commercial and mentoring skills, deep and current sector knowledge. Their commercial abilities make them ideally suited to family-controlled businesses and private companies with external investors.

Chief Officers Group have the memory of an elephant, they recently matched me up with a very specific niche opportunity that only comes from knowing both client and candidate very well.

Ian Wheeler, Chairman, Travelfusion Ltd

Chief Officers Group are extremely well-connected and helped me secure my current role via their strong PE links. Beyond helping with immediate recruitment needs successfully and quickly they are also an excellent source of advice and insight into the market, particularly with respect to PE.

Paul Keen CFO, etc.venues