Our Service

Success-oriented retained executive Search

ECI is a global network comprising independent companies, each with its own solid reputation in domestic, retained executive search and leadership consulting. Our organisational model enables our partner firms to focus on what they do best: satisfy and exceed the expectations of their clients. ECI has no standard models or pre-packaged solutions.

Every solution is precisely honed through the skills, market intelligence and insights of expert consultants in each sector and geography - experts who think outside the box with a global and multi-disciplinary perspective.

Supported by our International Office, which coordinates and deploys partnership-wide expertise, our local teams work closely with our clients’ leadership structures to create unique and distinctive research and leadership consulting strategies, tailored to fit the exact circumstances and nuances of every individual requirement.

This is our boutique approach, and has been our signature for over 50 years.


Process   Our Services In search of the perfect fit

Our working methods – open, multidisciplinary and collaborative – are the fruit of our experience painstakingly gained over 50 years of operating in the most important markets worldwide. Understanding the specific culture of our client and identifying the profile of the manager that shares those values and objectives are the keys to a successful executive search. These are the very same principles that guide our approach of comprehensive client communication at every phase of the search: from the definition of the preliminary strategy to the final offer and recruitment of the selected individual.  
  • Reviewing the Recruitment Context
  • Understanding the Client's Mission, Philosophy and Company Values
  • Defining the Role Responsibilities and Qualifications
  • Defining the ideal Candidate Profile
  • Building up a list of Target Companies
  • Mapping Structures and Reporting Lines
  • Direct Search supported by our Comprehensive Database
  • In-depth Interviews
  • Identifying Professional and Personal Fit
  • Reference Checking and Due Diligence
  • Shortlisting the best Candidates
  • Managing the Selection Process
  • Supporting and Advising on the Hiring Process and Offer
Continuous fine-tuning of the requirement in line with the market information collected during the process

Non-standard IS OUR STANDARD

Though ECI is primarily a network of professional Executive Search firms, our local presence in key markets means that we can offer clients tailor-made solutions and services at both local and international level. Services may include:

Talent Selection

This specialist consultant team recruits for the management tiers beneath the level where Executive Search may not be the most appropriate methodology.
Using a different process to Executive Search, the team has a true global reach supported by an extensive database backed by powerful and innovative technology.

Advertised Selection

Advertised Selection is a quick and effective solution for filling a position where the required skills and experience are more readily available in the wider marketplace, or where legal requirements may dictate a public approach. Our sophisticated online and hard copy advertising and selection service benefits from the impact of our powerful advertising brand, which is proven to be attractive to high quality candidates.

Interim Management

ECI’s Interim Management service provides professionals for senior short term appointments. Proven managers are available at short notice to meet client needs. As well as providing interim support across all executive functions, we can also provide governance support through Non-Executive or Chair appointments. Speed, flexibility and transparency define our interim solutions.


We partner with clients to shape leadership strategy often in response to significant organisational change. Our services enable businesses and individuals to evolve and prosper in ever changing landscapes. Interventions include leadership assessment and development, individual profiling and coaching, management due diligence and diversity consultancy.

Bespoke Research

We are regularly asked to manage bespoke research projects on behalf of our clients. The expertise of our Research Department gives us formidable capability to carry out studies of markets and employment conditions. Typical examples might include a salary survey to identify a competitive package for a new role, or a market review to validate the business model for a new venture, and due diligence initiatives for private equity companies and clients considering mergers and acquisitions.