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Boston Executive Search in 2023

As executive search specialists in the Northeast, Ellig Group has an in-depth understanding of the executive talent pool and needs of corporations in the major industries of the Metro Boston area. Our approach to executive search is designed to provide our clients with tailored results that are driven by their immediate needs and long-term vision. With a combination of market intelligence, executive networking capabilities, and industry expertise, we ensure that executive searches result in successful placements that meet both current and future goals. We firmly believe that executive success starts with finding the right fit for your organization – and it’s this core belief that drives our executive search services for companies throughout metro Boston.

Boston Executive Search: Major Industries in Boston

The executive talent pool in metro Boston is incredibly diverse, and it’s thanks to the city’s robust economy. Major industries in this area include financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. We understand the executive needs of each of these industries and provide Boston executive search services that are tailored to their specific requirements.

Financial Services

Boston is a major center for the financial services industry in the United States. The city is home to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, as well as to a number of large banks and investment firms, including Fidelity. The industry employs tens of thousands of people in the Boston area, and is a major source of revenue for the local economy.

The financial services industry in Boston has seen its share of ups and downs over the years. The city was hit hard by the financial crisis of 2008, with many banks and investment firms closing their doors. However, the industry has recovered in recent years, and is now thriving again. Boston is once again a major center for finance and investment.

Boston’s financial services executive talent pool is among the most highly sought-after in the nation. Our executive search team has an extensive understanding of the executive needs and requirements of this sector, making them uniquely positioned to provide executive search services which include identifying executive leadership for banks, insurance companies, asset management firms, and other financial institutions.

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Greater Boston’s biotech industry is one of the oldest and most successful in the country. Starting with Biogen, biotech companies in Boston and Cambridge proliferated during the 1980s, and the industry has continued to grow ever since. There are now more than 1,000 biotech companies in the Boston area, and they employ more than 100,000 people.

The Boston biotech industry is highly successful because it has a strong network of support from local universities (Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Tufts) and hospitals (Mass General, Brigham & Women’s, Boston Children’s, Beth Israel, Tufts Medical Center.) The city’s universities have world-class medical schools and research institutes, and the hospitals have some of the best doctors and scientists in the world. This network of support has helped to create a thriving ecosystem of biotech companies, which benefit from the high concentration of scientists, doctors, and engineers. Additionally, Boston’s strong local finance industry and proximity to other major financial hubs in New York and Connecticut make it a favorable location for startup businesses to raise money.


The city of Lowell, part of Greater Boston, is often considered the cradle of the American Industrial Revolution in the United States, and was home to many of the nation’s first textile mills and factories. Though apparel manufacturing has since experienced a significant shift overseas, it remains a significant industry in the Boston Area, which is home to the headquarters of major apparel companies such as Converse and New Balance.


The aerospace industry is a prominent sector in Greater Boston’s economy, with major companies like Raytheon, General Dynamics, and General Electric headquartered in the region. The industry is supported by a number of suppliers and service providers, as well as a skilled workforce.

The aerospace industry in Greater Boston has a long history, dating back to the early days of aviation. In recent years, the industry has been growing rapidly, thanks to rising demand for commercial and military aircraft.

Aerospace companies in Greater Boston are at the forefront of innovation, developing new technologies that are helping to reshape the aviation industry. They are also responsible for creating thousands of jobs and generating billions of dollars in economic impact.


Pharmaceutical companies are a vital part of the Greater Boston economy, employing upwards of 100,000 people. These companies are responsible for developing new drugs and therapies, and they are at the forefront of cutting-edge medical research.

The Boston area is home to several large pharmaceutical companies, including Genzyme, Novartis, and Biogen Idec. These firms are responsible for developing many of the world’s best-selling drugs. In addition, there are a number of smaller biotech firms in the area, including Moderna, now famous for its revolutionary mRNA COVID vaccine.

The pharmaceutical industry in Greater Boston is thriving. The region is a global center of medical innovation, and the pharmaceutical companies here are responsible for some of the most important advances in medicine. In addition, these companies are responsible for thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.

Additionally, Greater Boston is home to a thriving medical devices industry. This sector is responsible for producing a wide range of products that are used in healthcare settings around the world. Major medical device companies in Greater Boston include Analogic and Boston Scientific.

The medical devices industry in Greater Boston employs thousands of people. It is a major source of income for the region, and it is responsible for generating billions of dollars in revenue each year.

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Boston’s landmark Longfellow Bridge, lit up for LGBTQ+ Pride

DEI in Boston Executive Search

Boston is a city that is rich in culture and diversity, with thriving communities of immigrants and expatriates drawn to its thriving economy and unparalleled concentration of world-class academic institutions. Massachusetts was one of the first states to codify marriage equality, and Boston consistently ranks among the top LGBTQ-friendly cities in the country. Like most major American cities, Boston struggles with a persistent legacy of racial inequity, which both corporate and government entities have recently ramped up efforts to combat. Overall, Metro Boston is a highly desirable place to live for diverse executives, which benefits executive search in Boston.

The benefits of prioritizing DEI are numerous, both as a business imperative and in terms of social impact. Major advantages include:

1. A more productive workforce: Studies have shown that a diverse and inclusive workplace leads to a more qualified workforce. Diverse employees who feel included and respected at their company are more likely to be engaged in their work and be productive.

2. Improved employee retention: A diverse and inclusive workplace is also more likely to retain employees. Employees want to work for companies that respect them and value them for who they are. A company that embraces diversity and inclusion will be more likely to retain employees, which can lead to improved productivity and reduced turnover costs.

3. Enhanced creativity and innovation: A diversity of perspectives leads to enhanced creativity and innovation. When employees of different backgrounds and identities feel free to share their thoughts and ideas, potential for innovation increases dramatically. In fact, studies show that diverse teams are significantly more effective at problem solving tasks. Diverse and inclusive companies are also more likely to attract top talent, which can lead to further innovations.

As a premier boutique executive search firm specializing in DEI, Ellig Group is an excellent choice for executive search in Boston. Ellig Group’s decades of expertise in DEI executive search have contributed to the firm’s outstanding track record of placing diverse C-suite executives who thrive in their new roles. Ellig Group is an excellent choice for Boston-area companies seeking to excel in competitive markets by diversifying their leadership teams and addressing the needs of diverse stakeholders.

Why Ellig Group is Your Best Choice for Boston Executive Search

The Greater Boston executive search industry is highly competitive, as the region is home to many top executive recruiters and executive search firms. These executive search firms are tasked with finding and hiring the best executives for companies in the area. Despite the high concentration of local talent, however, Boston is a global city whose companies serve stakeholders all over the world. It is thus highly advantageous for Boston firms to work with an executive search firm with global reach. As a member of IIC Partners, a top-10 international executive search network, Ellig Group has the global reach that Boston’s world-class companies require to best serve their executive search needs.

Our executive search process begins with identifying the ideal executive candidate for your position. To do this, we use a combination of industry knowledge and market insights to identify top executive candidates who have both the necessary skillset as well as organizational fit. Once we’ve identified your perfect executive candidate, our team works diligently to ensure a successful placement by connecting you with the right individual who can help move your organization forward.

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Tonie Leatherberry was at Deloitte for nearly three decades where she was the principal architect of The Board Leadership Forum and the NextGen CEO Academy, each of which has had a meaningful impact, ultimately placing more than 70 Black leaders into executive-level and board roles. As Chair Emeritus of the Executive Leadership Council, she created the Chairman’s Council of Academic Achievement to address achievement gaps for students of color in America’s educational systems, and as President of the Deloitte Foundation, the mission was to drive initiatives to develop future leaders through education. She is a passionate leader who has devoted much of her professional life to creating opportunities for women and people of color. Tonie is Lead director for Direct Digital Holdings, and a Board Director at Zoetis Inc. and American Family Insurance.

Cindie Jamison was elected Chair of the Darden Restaurants Board (NYSE: DRI) in September 2023, having served as a Director since October 2014 as part of a complete Board replacement slate through Starboard Value’s proxy fight. Since 2013, she has also served on the Office Depot Board (NASDAQ: ODP) where she Chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. In May 2015, she joined the Big Lots, Inc (NYSE: BIG) Board, and became Chair in May 2022. In May 2023 Cindie stepped down from the Tractor Supply Company Board (NASDAQ:TSCO), a position she has held since 2002, where she was Chairman of the Board, after serving as Lead Director, and Chair of the Audit, Compensation & Corporate Governance Committees. Cindie joined the Board of Save the Children in February 2024.

David Chun, Founder and CEO, Equilar, Inc., has led Equilar since its inception to become one of the most trusted names in the corporate governance community. David has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Disruptor Award by 2020 Women on Boards and Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business. David speaks publicly on corporate governance and board diversity matters, including events hosted by The Conference Board, Deloitte, EY, HR Policy Association, KPMG, NACD, NASDAQ, NYSE, The Society for Corporate Governance and Stanford’s Directors’ College. Prior to founding Equilar, David was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, a global investment bank that has since merged with Credit Suisse. Before DLJ, David was a management consultant with Bain & Company and also Kenan Systems, a telecom software developer acquired by Lucent Technologies. David serves on the boards of the Commonwealth Club of California, PGA Reach, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG). He is on Nasdaq’s Center for Board Excellence Advisory Board and Catalyst’s Women on Board Advisory Council. David is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Past Chair of the SF Bay Chapter, a founding member of the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) and a former board member of the Wharton Center for Entrepreneurship and the Asian Pacific Fund Community Foundation of San Francisco.

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Priscilla Sims Brown serves as President and CEO of Amalgamated Bank, a full-service bank, lender and investment manager with a century-long commitment to advancing positive social change. Amalgamated Financial Corp., the holding company for the Bank, is the first publicly traded (NASDAQ: AMAL) financial institution to be a public benefit corporation. Priscilla guides Amalgamated Bank in championing social responsibility through values-based banking, customer-centric services, and mission focused lending, serving individuals and organizations, including climate groups, foundations, labor unions, advocacy groups, political campaigns, and other socially responsible businesses, who care that their deposits are put to work for good. Priscilla is also dedicated to addressing environmental and social justice issues at Amalgamated Bank. More than 60% of the Bank’s lending and select balance sheet investments are high-impact through affordable housing, nonprofits, and climate solutions. Named one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2023 by American Banker, Priscilla has been featured in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, PBS, and CNBC Changemakers, among others.

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Truett Tate is Chairman of a number of Boards, including Reference Point, TLC Lions, Thinkably and the recently retired Chairman of QBE, NA. Truett Tate is also Director of the DEVClever board. Truett has a long and esteemed global executive history including most recently as CEO of ANZ USA, Europe, Japan, Korea and the Middle East. Immediately prior, he was Group Executive (and Board member) at Lloyds Banking Group, responsible for Wholesale & International Banking (Including Global Wealth and International Retail) across the United Kingdom, the Americas and worldwide and prior spending 27 years at Citigroup where he held a variety of senior roles including corporate banking business across each of its regional geographies. Truett’s long board history includes Virgin Group, Ten Group, the BITC, BAB Inc along with many other charitable and academic organizations. A speaker, guest lecturer, philanthropist and professional coach/mentor, Truett has seemingly bottomless energy and passionate interest in a safer, more just, more humane and more sustainable world.

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Janice Reals Ellig

Chief Executive Officer

As the head of the Ellig Group, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites by 2025. Janice joined the legacy firm in 2000 and became Co-Chief Executive Officer in its transition to Chadick Ellig in 2007; she assumed sole ownership of the company as the Ellig Group in 2017 with a new focus on Reimagining Search. Prior to her career in executive search, Janice spent 20 years in corporate America at Pfizer, Citi and Ambac Financial Group, an IPO from Citibank, where she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration.

Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She frequently appears at speaking engagements and as a media guest, and she has penned multiple articles for outlets such as Directors & Boards, Directorship, Corporate Director, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. Janice also co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.”

A tirelessly active member of the industry and champion of her causes, Janice is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, Janice continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women for the Women’s Forum database. (LINK: www.womensforumny.org).

Janice is personally committed to several NFP organizations: Board Director of the National YMCA and Past Chair of the YMCA Board of Greater New York; Trustee of the Actors Fund and Committee For Economic Development (CED); Incoming Chair, University of Iowa Foundation; Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; member of the Steering Committee, US 30% Club and The Economic Club of New York.

In recognition for her many philanthropic activities, Janice received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism in 2008. Named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, she was also a recipient of the Channel 21 Award In Excellence for her contribution to “Excellence in the Economic Development for Women.”

“Listening to our clients’ needs, learning their business and understanding their culture is how we present the best talent and provide  a competitive advantage. We place candidates with the character, competencies, commitment, (intellectual) curiosity and courage to make a difference. Our goal is always to go beyond the expected and deliver valuable advice, measurable results and great talent!”

– Janice Reals Ellig

  • Champion of gender parity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Industry expert, speaker, and author
  • Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative
  • Committed board and committee member and philanthropist

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