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Kenneth J. Cole, Publisher
The Recruiting & Search Report
P.O. Box 9433
Panama City Beach, FL 32417



Ken Cole is a nationally recognized expert in executive search, senior executive job hunting strategy and freelance executive search research. He has been a retainer search consultant since 1979, conducting several hundred senior executive searches in general management, sales, marketing, finance, and primary staff positions, many for private equity firms and their portfolio companies — sales representative to CEO and key positions in-between. Cole earned his MBA from The University of Chicago’s Executive Program (50th Group, 1981-83), where he serves as a volunteer alumni admissions interviewer for The University of Chicago and its Graduate School of Business.

His published works include The Headhunter Strategy (ISBN 0-47181943-3, John Wiley & Sons), selected by three business book clubs; The Executive Search Research Directory (ISBN 1-878451-20-0, 11th Edition), the industry standard reference on freelance executive search research assistants; and The Euro Directory – Executive Search & Selection Firms in Europe. Cole’s articles on executive search, search research, and related subjects have appeared in at least twenty-six national publications. As a speaker and senior executive job hunting coach/strategist, he has assisted several hundred thousand executives, managers, and professionals find new positions through resources published, seminars taught, and individual job campaigns for senior executives.

Cole is a registered expert witness (executive search and senior executive job hunting) for TASA/Technical Advisory Service For Attorneys; founder, first president and the only honorary life member of NAER/The National Association of Executive Recruiters; and is the recognized national authority on retainer-based freelance executive search research. Cole is a Viet Nam veteran (Major and US Army helicopter pilot, aircraft commander, and instructor pilot) with 987 combat flight hours and holds the Master Army Aviator rating, the Army’s highest aeronautical designation. Memberships: NAER (life), The Executive Search Roundtable, The Reserve Officers Association (life), Viet Nam Helicopter Pilots Association (life), and the Society of the First Division.