Case Study - Talent Pipelining CTO to Head of Technology


Research Partners was asked to conduct a search for a CTO after our client, a global eCommerce business, had reviewed over 60 CVs and conducted months of unsuccessful interviews through multiple vendors. We carried out a global search for senior technology leaders, and created a rich talent pipeline of over 400 candidates based in Asia, North and South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, and the Middle East. Although our initial objective was to fill a CTO level role, our client asked us to pipeline two levels down, in order to have a ready pipeline of talent for 3 other imminent positions. The result was a global list of CTOs, VPs, Director and Manager levels within the eCommerce and Internet segments. Although our client successfully hired their CTO from our list, they also subsequently made 3 additional hires within a 12 month period from the original search.


Choosing Research Partners to run an Executive Search campaign will have the added benefit of being more cost effective than choosing a traditional search firm as we do not charge individual placement fees, but work on a cost per time basis. Whilst our objective is to fill each requirement, we go the extra mile and can also provide extra market data as requested by our clients, (on this occasion we built in an extra talent pooling component). At the end of the campaign, our client came out owning all of the data, free to make the multiple hires from the same search data without paying any additional fees.

  • Service Executive Search
  • Functions CTOs, VPs, Director and Manager levels
  • Sector Internet & Ecommerce
  • Location GLOBAL (Asia, North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Russia, Africa)
  • Talent Pool 400 candidates
  • Placements 4 hires