About TH Bender

TH BENDER is the go-to address for professionally managed organizations seeking extraordinary executives to turn their vision of successful operations overseas into reality.

90% of our mandates are commissioned by international companies!

Executive Search with cross-border twist

We identify, evaluate engage, recruit, and help our client to retain top-notch executives to establish, grow or exit their investments. We help our clients to successful implement their business strategies, be it entering a market for the first time, build a sales organization, establish engineering and manufacturing operations, evaluate teams or otherwise maximize the value of an investment. We are discreet, efficient, results-oriented and quick.


TH Bender was founded in Chicago in 2006. Our Germany-born founder had worked as an Export Consultant in Stuttgart before being employed by a large German-Chinese manufacturer as a Key Account Manager in Hong Kong. He moved to the United States in the 1990s. During his career in executive search spanning boutique and Fortune 500-listed search firms he noticed that the needs of medium-sized companies were not sufficiently met: most headhunters working for large firms have only little interest in dedicating their time to companies with only occasional executive search needs, boutique firms are not adequately resourced and global human resources firms frequently have a corporate attitude combined with a short-term, margin driven mindset that is at odds with the mentality of an SME. Another common issue amongst search firms is the lack of in-depth cultural insight - an overseas subsidiary has distinct cultural requirements managers must understand for the business to be successful.

Especially mid-sized, international companies require loyal and committed employees who are hands-on, entrepreneurial and internationally-minded. Finding the perfect fitting employee is like locating the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Recognizing this gap in the market, the company was founded specifically with a focus on middle-market companies - often the Hidden Champions - high-performance organizations that are highly regarded in their niches but unknown to the wider public.

TH Bender is now the leading American executive search and talent strategy firm focusing on the needs of international companies in international markets. Our leadership team is comprised of hands-on, highly experienced, multi-lingual, business-proven professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping our clients to find business success overseas.

Our Philosophy

We believe that honesty, transparency and clear, straightforward communication are the keys to our success. Like the great majority of our clients, we all come from an SME background with strong values and high ethics. Serving our clients requires a high-touch, hands-on approach and a true and deep understanding of the realities and expectations of the distinct business environments in North America, Europe and Asia. Our goal is always to support our clients as trusted advisors and true partners rather than mere service providers. With TH Bender our clients get more than just great candidates in record time, we provide sustainable solutions that support business growth and long-term success.

Our Team

At TH Bender we pride ourselves in being the only executive search and talent strategy firm in North America with a leadership team composed entirely of bilingual and bicultural experts. All of us here at TH Bender have lived and worked on both sides of the Atlantic or in Asian countries and bring to the table a true, in-depth understanding of international business culture, markets, expectations and potential pitfalls. With a combined total of almost 40 years of experience in executive search and talent strategy, our expertise is truly second-to-none!

Tilman Bender

Tilman Bender

Managing Partner | Frederick, MD

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Daniel Feldkamp-Lynch

Daniel Feldkamp-Lynch

Principal | Chicago, IL

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Christian Decker

Christian Decker

Senior Management Consultant | Washington, DC

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Robert L. Caldwell, Ph.D

Robert L. Caldwell, Ph.D

Life Sciences Practice Advisor | Washington, DC

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What sets us apart?

We have a track record

Some of our start-up clients now lead the market in their sectors, some of them with sales over $1 billion.

Large, well maintained Proprietary Database

Over 300,000 often very detailed profiles are in our proprietary database.

We are committed to international clients

90% of our projects are cross-border assignments.

Expert Support during the Negotiation Phase

Developing, extending, negotiating and closing an offer with a high potential candidate is an art and a science. After hundreds of these negotiations, we are well-positioned to support our clients during this high-stakes phase.

Extraordinary Research Capabilities

In order to find 'the one' existing contacts are frequently not sufficient. We identify and approach up to 1800 prospects. Therefore we maintain a team of over a dozen in-house, full-time researchers.

We have international connections

We can connect you with proven partners - globally!

We are transparent

We share our knowledge, be it compensation information, market opportunities, or the challenges recognized as barriers to business success.

We bridge cultures

We find talent that is effective in the domestic market and simultaneously blends well into the multi-cultural fabric of their employer.

We are business-minded

We understand the art of building up sales and manufacturing organizations overseas. We are market-entry and corporate development experts who happen to be in executive search!

Few "off-limit' Issues

Most of the large, multinational executive search companies have framework agreements. This limits their ability to poach candidates. As a specialized firm we have few limitations!

Extensive Personal Networks

We are expanding our personal networks since 1997!

We truly engage with our candidates

It requires deep personal interaction to convincingly communicate the advantages of working for a foreign company or SME. The broad responsibilities and the joy of personal growth need to be convincingly communicated by the recruiter


The TH Bender Network

We are part of a network of highly experienced professionals with an exceptional global track-record. This group includes legal professionals, accountants, auditors, financiers and insurance experts as well as site selection and real estate professionals. Together, we offer several decades of experience in supporting the ambitions of companies setting up international operations.

  • Lawyers
  • Executive Search
  • Corporate Finance
  • Accountants
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Managers
  • Strategists
  • Auditors

Our partners worldwide

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