CCL Search LLC - Our Competitive Advantage

I started our firm because I believed that the traditional search model had become broken, that a firm specialized and solely focused on the recruitment of financial officers would support a better, business model that could provide better service to clients  

What Makes us Different than the Big Firms


We only recruit financial officers, giving us deep market knowledge.  We are in the same general market each day and we are known by the candidate pool that you want.  The big firms cover many sectors and offer many different products and services and increasingly looking to add new lines of business that don't improve the performances of your searches

Who is leading your search

Your search is executed  by a former CFO  and ex-partner of a premier  global search firm.  We do not utilize a leverag model.  While that model might improve our overall profitability it will not improve interaction with your candidate pool or make your search go faster or allow you to hire the best talent.  Searches at the big firms are  typically executed by  mid-level generalists and the reliance on researches with headsets to provide leverage is required if you want your best recruiters focused on new business and not search execution.


We don't compete with make our clients compete for talent nor do we have non financial officer searches limiting your candidate pool.    We have deep network of  financial executives,  which we can reach without  constraint or conflict  The big firms are  significantly constrained by  “off limits” agreements  and internal competition 

There are two types of off-limits - the traditional kind that you are aware of do to other search work


We limit our execution to only 2 or 3 searches at any one time to provide focus  At the big firms, the executor of searches work on 5-10 on-going assignments.  Your search benefits from our full attention from engagement through placement  


We don't working with competitors at the same time.  We don't share data or market information in that way.  Our placements are off-limits to us for the entire time they work for you.  The big firms are changing the rules on this and might come back and recruit their own placement in 2 to 5 years.


We charge fixed fees and do not include any admin or overhead charges  The big firms model of 1/3 cash compensation is flawed and they add admin or overhead charges.  If you fall in love with a candidate and you have to pay more compensation than the cost of your search goes up.