Top CFO Recruiters

Top CFO Search Firms has assembled a list of “Top CFO Recruiters” from publicly available information. Executive search firms are made up of search consultants with various specialties. The list is meant to be a resource for companies seeking to understand the complexities of the CFO executive search and recruiting industry. Our research offers prospective employers a comprehensive look at the top CFO executive search firms by offering resources, opinions, and rankings as a guide to helping you choose the best firm to meet your executive search needs.

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Alyse Bodine
Co-Managing Partner, Global Financial Officers Practice at Heidrick & Struggles

Alyse Bodine is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and co-managing partner of the Global Financial Officers Practice. Previously, she was partner-in-charge of the firm’s Philadelphia office. Her search experience includes corporate CFO and other senior level financial officer assignments. She works with a diverse client base, including Fortune 500, small- and medium-sized public and private companies, as well as private equity- and venture-backed companies across a range of industries.

In 2018, Alyse was awarded the firm’s top regional honor , the Americas Partnership Spirit Award, a partner-nominated and -selected award presented to the partner who exemplifies the collaborative, partnership behaviors Heidrick & Struggles seeks to uphold.


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Mike Moraine
President and Chief Executive Officer
CFO Search, Inc. – Nationwide CFO and Finance Executive Search

We are a nationwide finance executive search firm that specializes in filling CFO positions and finance executive positions. We recruit CFO and finance executive candidates for companies ranging from small, privately held organizations to large, publicly traded fortune 500 companies. We recruit in every industry, in every state and in every U.S. city.

We offer 100% contingency search, contingency with engagement fee and retained executive search.

For more information, please visit our website at

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Jenna Fisher
Global Corporate Officers Sector
Russell Reynolds Associates

Jenna Fisher conducts senior financial officer assignments for leading global companies across industries. Based in the Bay Area, Jenna also leads the firm’s global Financial Officers Practice. During her career, she has completed more than 300 CFO and board searches. Her clients include Fortune 1000 corporations, middle-market private equity portfolio companies, and pre-public venture capital-backed enterprises. She focuses on recruiting CFOs and financial experts to serve on audit committees. Jenna was previously a consultant with Bain & Co., where she advised private equity clients and senior management of Fortune 500 firms in technology, consumer goods, and retail. She started her career as an entrepreneur, founding and successfully selling an educational services company in Houston.

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Clem Johnson
Managing Director
Crist|Kolder Associates

Clem Johnson is the President of Crist|Kolder Associates. He joined the firm in 2007 and has 25 years of executive search experience, having been with Russell Reynolds Associates and Heidrick & Struggles previously. Clem has conducted senior executive and board searches internationally for major organizations across functional disciplines, with an emphasis on technology, industrial, retail, consumer products and professional services industries. In addition, Clem has extensive experience assisting private equity firms and other investors with the recruitment of their portfolio companies’ senior leadership teams, with a particular functional emphasis on Board of Director, CEO, and CFO disciplines.

Prior to his search career, Clem worked for Arthur Andersen’s Chicago office in the worldwide Assurance and Advisory and Corporate Transactions groups. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Clem received his B.S. from Fairfield University and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

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Joel von Ranson
Global Functional Practices
Spencer Stuart

Based in New York, Joel von Ranson leads Spencer Stuart’s global functional practices including the Financial Officer, Human Resources, Technology, Marketing/Sales Officer, Supply Chain and Legal, Compliance & Government Affairs practices. An expert on governance, he works extensively with boards, recruiting directors and leading board advisory engagements. He is a member of the firm’s global practice leadership team.

Joel has led more than 300 chief financial officer assignments for a broad range of technology/media, healthcare, consumer, and manufacturing companies. In addition, he helps CFOs build their top teams and plan for succession. Joel previously led the Financial Officer Practice in North America.

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Barry Toren
North American Financial Officer Practice
Korn Ferry

Mr. Toren specializes in the recruitment of senior-level executives across the entire healthcare continuum. His client relationships include public and private companies; non-profit organizations and private-equity and venture backed companies.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

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Shawn Cole
Executive Recruiter | President, Founding Partner

Cowen Partners is a national CFO search and consulting firm. Our clients are both small and large, publicly traded, pre-IPO, private, and non-profit organizations. Clients are typically $50 million to multi-billion dollar revenue Fortune 100 companies or have assets between $500 million to $15 billion. Successful placements span the entire C-Suite and include VP and Director level leadership roles.

Cowen Partners Executive Search has particular expertise in the following areas: accounting and finance, IPO preparation, SEC reporting, corporate tax, financial institutions (banks and credit unions), enterprise software including technology, SaaS, and managed services, and rapid growth private equity/venture capital backed deals.


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