A Note From Our Founder & President

I started De Forest Search over 25 years ago with a simple mission —to connect employers with the best possible candidates without the burden of expensive retainers and long hiring cycles. On this premise, we’ve successfully placed thousands of leaders across every conceivable industry. While the hiring landscape is ever-changing, we remain a constant in our client’s search strategy. We’re excited to become part of yours.

Our Approach

We’re focused on working with clients to meet their hiring objectives. Whether working on a C-level search for a global Fortune 200 company or assisting a venture-backed startup in their recruitment strategy, we approach every engagement with attention, urgency and confidentiality. It’s this approach along with an impressive track record that establishes us as a preeminent global search firm.

 

Efficient Collaboration.

We’re collaborative by design. This agile approach allows for favorable search outcomes and happy stakeholders.

 

Impassioned Dedication.

We approach each search with effervescence and curiosity, treating each search as our own.

 

Universally Discrete.

Sensitive to the needs of employers and clients alike, we operate with discretion and integrity.

Take a look at our recent placements

  • Role : Managing Director
    Company Size : SMB (Consumer Insights)
  • Role : SVP, Marketing
    Company Size : Global (Major Gaming Company)
  • Role : Executive Vice President
    Company Size : $10B Global Entertainment Company (Consumer Products)
  • Role : COO
    Company Size : SMB (FinTech: Cryptocurrency/Blockchain)
  • Role : President
    Company Size : SMB (Brand Marketing & Licensing Agency)
  • Role : CEO
    Company Size : SMB (PE Funded Cosmetics Manufacturer)
  • Role : General Manager
    Company Size : SMB (Sports)
  • Role : Agent
    Company Size : Global Talent Agency
  • Role : President
    Company Size : SMB (Gaming)
  • Role : SVP, Entertainment
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Toy)
  • Role : Senior Vice President, International Marketing Operations
    Company Size : Global (Direct Sales Nutrition Company)
  • Role : Senior Vice President, Sales
    Company Size : SMB (CPG)
  • Role : EVP, Licensing
    Company Size : Fortune 50 (Entertainment)
  • Role : SVP, Global Licensing
    Company Size : SMB (Sports/Entertainment)
  • Role : Chief Financial Officer
    Company Size : Global ($5B Toy Company)
  • Role : Chief Financial Officer
    Company Size : SMB (Health)
  • Role : SVP, Finance, Planning & Strategy
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Toy)
  • Role : Chief Human Resources Officer
    Company Size : Global (AdTech)
  • Role : General Counsel
    Company Size : SMB (Banking)
  • Role : Senior Vice President, Marketing (Global Consumer Products)
    Company Size : Global (Entertainment)
  • Role : Chief Marketing Officer
    Company Size : SMB (E-Commerce Consumer Products)
  • Role : Senior Vice President, Marketing
    Company Size : Global ( $150B Global Entertainment Company)
  • Role : Chief Marketing Officer
    Company Size : SMB (Healthcare Professional Products)
  • Role : SVP, International Marketing
    Company Size : SMB (SASS)
  • Role : Chief Marketing Officer
    Company Size : SMB (E-Commerce-Food Industry)
  • Role : Chief Marketing Officer
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Toy)
  • Role : Director, Media Sales
    Company Size : SMB (Entertainment // Content)
  • Role : Director, Promotions & Partnerships
    Company Size : Global (Entertainment)
  • Role : Sr. Director, Licensing & Business Development
    Company Size : Fortune 50 (Entertainment)
  • Role : Manager, Business Development
    Company Size : International (Social Expressions // Gifts)
  • Role : Sr. Director, Competitive Advantage
    Company Size : SMB (Healthcare)
  • Role : EVP, Global Sales & Licensing
    Company Size : SMB (Toy)
  • Role : Vice President, Sales (Growth Channels)
    Company Size : Global ($5B Toy Company)
  • Role : Senior Vice President, Sales
    Company Size : SMB (CPG)
  • Role : Sales Executive
    Company Size : SMB (E-Commerce)
  • Role : Sales Development Manager
    Company Size : SMB (Health & Beauty)
  • Role : Manager, Sales Development
    Company Size : SMB (Apparel)
  • Role : Manager, Sales Development
    Company Size : SMB (Cosmetics)
  • Role : Manager, National Sales
    Company Size : SMB (Beauty)
  • Role : Vice President, Sales
    Company Size : Fortune 50 (Beauty)
  • Role : Manager, National Accounts (Mass Channels)
    Company Size : SMB (Electronics)
  • Role : Manager, Key Accounts
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Cosmetics)
  • Role : Vice President, Licensing N.A.
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Toy)
  • Role : Vice President, Global Licensing
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Toy)
  • Role : EVP, Licensing
    Company Size : Fortune 50 (Entertainment)
  • Role : Agent, Lifestyle & Licensing
    Company Size : Global Talent Agency
  • Role : Vice President, Licensing
    Company Size : Global Talent Agency
  • Role : Licensing Agent
    Company Size : Global Talent Agency
  • Role : EVP, Global Sales & Licensing
    Company Size : SMB (Toy)
  • Role : SVP, Global Licensing
    Company Size : SMB (Sports/Entertainment)
  • Role : EVP, Global Sales & Licensing
    Company Size : SMB (Toy)
  • Role : Director, Licensing
    Company Size : SMB (Fashion)
  • Role : Vice President, Partnerships & Licensing
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Gaming)
  • Role : Sr. Director, Licensing & Business Development
    Company Size : Fortune 50 (Entertainment)
  • Role : Manager, Licensing
    Company Size : Fortune 50 (Entertainment)
  • Role : Vice President, Accounting
    Company Size : SMB (Multi-Site Retail Entertainment Company)
  • Role : Vice President, Corporate Accounting
    Company Size : SMB (Real Estate)
  • Role : Manager, Accounting
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Gaming)
  • Role : Plant Controller
    Company Size : SMB (CPG)
  • Role : Corporate Controller
    Company Size : SMB (Airline Charter Company)
  • Role : Senior Financial Executive
    Company Size : SMB (Licensing Agency)
  • Role : Manager, Purchasing
    Company Size : SMB (Food)
  • Role : Analyst, Sales Finance
    Company Size : Global (Cosmetics)
  • Role : Sr. Manager, Finance & Strategy
    Company Size : Fortune 50 (Entertainment)
  • Role : Controller
    Company Size : Start-Up (Ad-Tech)
  • Role : Manager, Financial Reporting
    Company Size : Fortune 200 (Entertainment)
  • Role : Vice President , Finance
    Company Size : SMB (Fitness)
  • Role : Director, Finance & Operations Excellence
    Company Size : SMB (Cosmetics)
  • Role : Manager, Purchasing
    Company Size : SMB (Food)
  • Role : Chief Human Resources Officer
    Company Size : Global (AdTech)
  • Role : Sr. Manager, Human Resources
    Company Size : SMB (Media)
  • Role : Director, Human Resources
    Company Size : Global Marketing Agency
  • Role : Director, Staffing
    Company Size : SMB (Legal)
  • Role : Manager, Talent Acquisition
    Company Size : SMB (D2C)
  • Role : Vice President, Human Resources
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Entertainment)
  • Role : Business Partner, Human Resources
    Company Size : Fortune 50 (Entertainment)
  • Role : Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Media)
  • Role : Director, Global Compensation
    Company Size : Global Marketing Agency
  • Role : General Counsel
    Company Size : SMB (Banking)
  • Role : Director, HRIS
    Company Size : SMB (Education)
  • Role : Manager, HR Operations
    Company Size : SMB (Entertainment)
  • Role : Vice President, Operations
    Company Size : SMB (Healthcare)
  • Role : Head of Marketing
    Company Size : SMB (SASS)
  • Role : Vice President, Marketing
    Company Size : Startup (FinTech)
  • Role : Vice President, Marketing
    Company Size : Global (Sporting Goods)
  • Role : Vice President, International
    Company Size : Global ($7B Nutrition Company)
  • Role : Vice President, Marketing
    Company Size : Global ($5B Toy and Entertainment Company
  • Role : Vice President, Global Marketing
    Company Size : Global ($9B Global Entertainment Company)
  • Role : Senior Vice President, Marketing (Global Consumer Products)
    Company Size : Global (Entertainment)
  • Role : Chief Marketing Officer
    Company Size : SMB (E-Commerce Consumer Products)
  • Role : Senior Vice President, Marketing
    Company Size : Global ( $150B Global Entertainment Company)
  • Role : Senior Vice President, International Marketing Operations
    Company Size : Global (Direct Sales Nutrition Company)
  • Role : Director, Retail Marketing
    Company Size : Global ($5B Consumer Products Company)
  • Role : Director, Marketing
    Company Size : SMB (Beverage)
  • Role : Sr. Manager, Brand Marketing
    Company Size : Global (Toy)
  • Role : Director, Global Brand
    Company Size : SMB (Health & Beauty)
  • Role : Consumer Strategy & Insights
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Gaming)
  • Role : Sr. Director, Product Marketing
    Company Size : SMB (Healthcare)
  • Role : Senior Director, Marketing Communications
    Company Size : SMB (Beauty)
  • Role : Manager, Worldwide Communications
    Company Size : SMB (Health & Beauty)
  • Role : Senior Manager, Online Marketing
    Company Size : SMB (Tech, Marketplace)
  • Role : Director, User Acquisition
    Company Size : SMB (Beauty)
  • Role : Sr. Director, Digital & E-Commerce
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Cosmetics)
  • Role : Vice President, International
    Company Size : Global ($7B Nutrition Company)
  • Role : SVP, International Marketing
    Company Size : SMB (SASS)
  • Role : Director, International Mareting
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Toy)
  • Role : Director, Shopper Marketing
    Company Size : SMB (Health & Beauty)
  • Role : Manager, Consumer Insights
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Gaming)
  • Role : Head of Creative
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Toy)
  • Role : Senior Project Copywriter
    Company Size : SMB (CPG)
  • Role : Director, Creative Services
    Company Size : SMB (Marketing Agency)
  • Role : Graphic Designer
    Company Size : SMB (E-Comerce)
  • Role : Art Director, Theatrical
    Company Size : SMB (Marketing Agency)
  • Role : Manager, Design
    Company Size : SMB (Marketing Agency)
  • Role : VP, Data Science
    Company Size : Fortune 500 (Entertainment)
  • Role : VP, Engineering
    Company Size : SMB (Marketing Agency)
  • Role : Web Developer
    Company Size : SMB (Manufacturing)
  • Role : Sr. Manager, Product Engineering
    Company Size : Venture-Backed Startup
  • Role : Head of Engineering
    Company Size : SMB (D2C)
  • Role : VP, Product Development
    Company Size : SMB (Trademark Licensing)

Our Focus

While we’re confident in our ability to place candidates into any role within an organization, we’ve developed an expertise in placing candidates into exacting roles.

FUNCTIONS & DIVISIONS

C-SUITE

MARKETING

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

DESIGN

CREATIVE

BUSINESS STRATEGY

BRAND STRATEGY

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

PRODUCT STRATEGY

LICENSING

SALES

HUMAN RESOURCES

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

MEDIA

MULTI-CULTURAL

OPERATIONS

SUPPLY CHAIN

ENGINEERING

LEGAL

FINANCE

DIRECT SALES

INDUSTRIES:

CONSUMER PRODUCTS

LICENSING

MARKETING

ENTERTAINMENT

BROADCASTING

COMMUNICATIONS

MANUFACTURING

BEAUTY

HEALTHCARE

TECHNOLOGY

TOYS

FOOD & BEVERAGE

DIRECT SALES

Agencies:

LICENSING

MARKETING

CREATIVE

ADVERTISING

Committed to a diverse workforce.

We’re firm believers that a diverse and culturally rich team facilitates a positive work environment and produces favorable results. We review candidates’ qualifications and experiences holistically, allowing for a more objective point-of-view throughout the search process. Additionally, our global reach and international network allows us to place candidates in any corner of the world for both english-speaking and native-language roles.

Partnering WithImpactful Organizations

I have been working with Jennifer Ure and the team at De Forest Search for over 10 years. Throughout our working relationship, they have successfully placed several executives and managerial positions in our marketing, licensing, and sales departments. Among all the talent search firms that I have worked with, De Forest Search is my first choice. They are quick to respond to our needs, introducing us to high-quality candidates whose backgrounds accurately fit our job descriptions. Their knowledge and experience in the industry is deep and nothing but top-notch.

Frank Tzeng
Former COO

I cannot express properly how happy I am to have met and worked with De Forest Search. My experience with recruiters prior to interacting with De Forest Search were very cold, matter of fact, and impersonal. The team at De Forest Search changed my point-of-view of the recruiting process. They dove deep into my experience, understood my employment goals and values in the workspace, matching me with companies appropriately. They were extremely professional, responsive and genuine. I would recommend De Forest Search to anyone looking for the next step in their career.

Michael Distaso Senior Client
Sales Manager

I was introduced to Cristian Camilo Zarta at De Forest Search in 2016 when I was in need of hiring some critical roles that required multicultural experience with bilingual fluency in Spanish. De Forest Search was recommended as an excellent contact with a multicultural division. I am very impressed with the quality of candidates De Forest provided as well as the outstanding customer service and attention to our needs. They were able to fill and start both roles within 30 days. The level of dedication, professionalism and compassion during this experience was outstanding.

Carla Giovannetti Dodds
Chief Marketing Officer

I have had the opportunity to work with Jill De Forest and her team at De Forest Search for over 12 years as both a client and a candidate. They have proven time and time again to be efficient, trustworthy, knowledgeable and relentless in finding the candidate that hits all the marks on our wish list. Whether I use De Forest Search for local, national or international roles, I see no difference in their ability to produce results quickly.

Tina Figueroa
EVP Global Human Resources

As a start-up company, our people are our most valuable asset and we set a very high bar for finding the right talent. Jessica, Jill, and the team at DFS are the very definition of going the extra mile; deeply understanding our needs, available 24/7 and most importantly, very successful at sourcing game changing talent for my organization. I look forward to working with the DFS team again!

Erek Benz
Co-founder

I have worked with the team of professionals at De Forest Search for several years now, first as a client when I was an executive at Tria Beauty, and then as a candidate (where they represented me for my current role as the SVP GM Medical Uniforms at Barco). As a client, I found them to deliver excellence on each search with fast and responsive service. They were always proactive, communicative and provided candidates that closely matched our requirements As a candidate, the De Forest team really listened to what I wanted for my next career step and found a unique opportunity that was a perfect match. I felt supported and informed at each step of the hiring process.

Michaela Griggs
Senior Vice President

I have worked with De Forest Search for 20 years as a both a candidate, and as an employer. As a client of De Forest Search, they have consistently brought a thoughtful, honest, and strategic approach to each opportunity. They do this while maintaining a positive and energetic approach. The combination of these qualities, along with their advice, has prepared me for important meetings and interviews. Most importantly, they have a perceptive insight into the best roles for me and are always one step ahead. This gives me a sense of trust, which facilitates the sometimes-difficult decisions that need to be made with each opportunity.

Lee Loetz
SVP Product Development & Marketing

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