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Rob Crawford Joins Diversified Search Group

PHILADELPHIA – Diversified Search Group (DSG) announced today that Rob Crawford has joined their New York City office as Managing Director in the firm’s Private Equity, Financial Services, and Financial Officers practices.

Crawford is joining DSG from Egon Zehnder, where he was a core member of the Financial Services, Private Equity, and Financial Officers Practices. His expertise in advising C-level executives, Boards, and investors on talent and strategic matters makes him a prized executive search consultant for clients across a wide spectrum of industries.

“Rob’s leadership experience in Financial Services, Private Equity and Executive Recruiting will further strengthen our firm’s platform in providing the best human capital solutions to our clients,” said Dale E. Jones, the firm’s CEO, in making the announcement.

Upon joining the firm, Crawford said: “I’ve known DSG’s leadership for my entire career and have long admired and respected the firm’s culture and commitment to putting its clients first, and delivering diverse executive talent solutions.” He continued, “DSG is on an impressive growth trajectory, and I am honored to be joining the firm at a time when its core mission – to cultivate new leadership for a changing world – has met its moment.”

“We are thrilled that Rob has chosen to join DSG and contribute to our very strong momentum and growth,” said Aileen Alexander, DSG’s Vice Chair. “With a stellar reputation in the industry, Rob will bring invaluable experience and insights to our clients as they seek new leaders who will shape our future.”

At Diversified Search Group, Crawford will leverage his industry experience, advising Fortune 500 and Financial Services clients, as well as private equity firms and their portfolio companies, on critical searches to attract the executive leadership required in today’s competitive market. Crawford will also serve as a core member of DSG’s Financial Officers practice. He has worked closely with Financial Officers throughout his career and brings deep experience helping public and private companies recruit CFOs and fill key direct reporting roles to the CFO, including corporate controllers, chief accounting officers, tax leaders, and divisional finance executives.

Prior to his career in executive search, Crawford spent over two decades in various leadership roles in private equity and investment banking. He was a Managing Director at Fair Oaks Capital, a corporate credit-focused investment firm, as well as a Managing Director at IMB Partners, an independent financial sponsor. Prior to moving to the buy-side, Crawford was an investment banker focused on providing M&A advisory primarily to private equity clients. He was a senior banker at Lincoln International, where he helped establish the firm’s New York office, and a Co-founder and Partner at Watch Hill Partners, a merchant banking firm focused on serving private equity clients. Previously, he served as an investment banker focused on M&A and Financial Sponsors Coverage at Bowles Hollowell Conner and M&A at Goldman Sachs, where he began his investment banking career as an Analyst and later rejoined the firm as a Vice President.

Crawford received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA from Morehouse College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was class valedictorian.


Diversified Search Group (DSG) is the largest woman-founded executive search firm in the world and is a new model in the industry with a combination of specialty firms: Diversified Search, BioQuest, Koya Partners, Grant Cooper, and Storbeck Search. With their collective resources and expertise, the combined firms have deep and broad industry knowledge with unparalleled access to expansive candidate networks. 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. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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