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Forbes Names Diversified Search Group One of the Top Ten Executive Search Firms in the US for Fourth Consecutive Year

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Diversified Search Group (DSG) has been named one of the top ten executive search firms in the country on the Forbes list of America’s Best Recruiting Firms 2021. This prestigious award is the result of an exhaustive research survey conducted by Statista, Inc. to determine the firms that, in the words of Forbes, “were able to thrive in 2020 and position themselves at the front of the pack in 2021.”

For the fourth consecutive year, DSG has placed in the top ten, ranking – sixth this year. Forbes and Statista collaborate to determine the annual ranking of best recruiting firms specializing in positions with base salaries of at least $100,000.

“The unprecedented events of the last year have uniquely prompted a call for bold and forward-thinking executives with a strong focus on mission, purpose, and stakeholder capitalism,” said Diversified Search Group CEO, Dale E. Jones. “As a result, DSG’s expertise has been more widely recognized and in-demand than ever. We are once again both proud and humbled to receive this extraordinary designation.”

The 2021 ranking is based on an independent survey of peers and clients. Feedback from external recruiters, hiring managers at client companies, and job candidates were considered; over 31,000 recruiters and 7,200 job candidates and hiring managers were invited to participate. More than 26,000 nominations have been considered in the final analysis. Firms were not allowed to nominate themselves for consideration.

“We are honored to receive this award, which is a reflection of our firm’s growth and momentum,” said Judith M. von Seldeneck, Founder and Chair of the Diversified Search Group. “Our historic mission and approach to cultivating new leadership for a changing world is even more relevant today as a new wave of executives are assuming key roles in all industries.”


Diversified Search Group (DSG) is the largest woman-founded executive search firm in the world and is comprised of a combination of specialty firms: Diversified Search, BioQuest, Koya Partners, Grant Cooper, and Storbeck Search. With their collective resources and expertise, the firms collaborate across sectors to access diverse talent whose values align with their clients’ purpose, producing among the best rates in the industry for placements of women and people of color, repeat clients, and candidate retention. Headquartered in Philadelphia, DSG operates in over a dozen cities across the country and worldwide as the official U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of executive search firms with 63 offices in 36 countries around the world.

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