Our Methodology

CEO Searches, Executive Recruitment and Team build-outs – they all require the same building blocks: Comprehensive Research capabilities, a strong network, up-to-date assessment tools, a high-touch, personalized interview process, deep personal commitment of the recruiting professional and a comprehensive understanding of legal, compensation and cultural aspects underpinning the negotiation process which spans countries and continents.

Our core expertise is combining an industry leading outreach effort (often to over 1000 potential candidates) with a highly precise, personalized approach to high-potential prospects. Supported by a carefully-curated database of former candidates with 290,000 records we identify candidates with the specialized expertise and culture fit that our clients require.
An intensive interview and screening process follows the initial identification; a multi stage screening process combining phone, video and personal interviews with optional psychometric evaluations and in-detail background and reference checks allow us to find the 3-6 finalists our client meets. The initial meeting between these finalists and the representatives of our client are accompanied by a Senior Partner of TH Bender. If required, the partner participates in follow-up meetings, even at an overseas headquarters.

We routinely develop the initial offer letter, develop compensation and benefit models and coordinate legal reviews of the final agreement making sure that no unexpected issues emerge post-hiring.

Candidate Identification, source of final placement

We find our candidates using three distinct sources: original research (sometimes we identify over 1000 prospects to find the few who are worth our client's attention), our personal networks (created over 21 years) and referrals from potential candidates who we meet during the course of the search who recommend and refer us to individuals in their own networks. Our approach is labor intensive but effective. Almost always it takes only on round of interviews (typically 3-6 finalists) for our client to find the perfect match. To use an analogy - we throw a very wide and fine net before we decide who to recommend.

Position Industry # of researched

# of candidates client meets in person

Source of final placement
CEOPower Electronics/Inverter993Personal Network
CEOPower Plant Developer4476Original Research
Country Manager USATransmission Technologies3947
Country Manager/CEO USAPackaging Machines4746Original Research
CEOWind - Complete Turbines3565Original Research
PresidentInverter Manufacturing91Personal Network
Managing Director, Fideral BusinessPV - Modules Manufacturer918Original Research
GM/Vice President SalesElectronic Equipment Manufacturer3226Referral
GM/Vice President SalesSensor Lighting Manufacturer12578Original Research
GM Solar Texas, acting CEOProject Developer-Wind/Solar625Original Research
PresidentPV Power Plant Developer715Original Research
General Manager - BrazilPV - Modules Manufacturer4835Original Research
Country Manager USAMetal Processing Machinery10101Original Research
Country Manager USALocking Systems5075Original Research
GM/President North AmericaElectronics-Power Equipment4365Original Research
Country Manager CanadaEngineering/Procurement/Construction1472Original Research
Country Manager CanadaPV Manufacturer5234Original Research
Area Manager - APACBattery Storage3234Original Research
Country Manager NAFTAIndustrial Switches Manufacturer7866Original Research
Country Manager USAPower Electronics Manufacturer1616Original Research
Country Manager USAAlternative Energy/Energy Storage2358Original Research
Country Manager AmericaAdhesives/Tapes Manufacturer6113Original Research
President Product ManagementInsurance - Risk Modeling Software3603Original Research
CEO North AmericaPharmaceutical Supply Chain3734Original Research
GM North AmericaSteel Mill9207Original Research
VP Sales / Promotion to CEOBuilding Materials3893Original Research
Acting CEO WindpowerProject Developer-Wind/Solar4323Original Research
President Machine ToolsMachine Tools and Pumps Manufacturer10624Referral

The TH Bender process

Our proven process hones in on the most
important skills set required for a position:

  • match the culture of our clients to the personality of the candidates
  • developing compelling compensation packages supporting the needs of the client and the candidates
  • bridging the different compensation and benefit models
  • utilizing a highly robust, extremely comprehensive and thorough research and screening process
our foundation
Mob Process Step One
pre- / post engagement basics
Mob Process Step Two
teamwork with the client
Mob Process Step Three
post placement Retention Services
Mob Process Step Four
Risk free Placement Guarantee 100 %

We are so confident in your process that we are offer our 12-month placement guarantee.

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