The Right Executive Can

Build a Better World


Delivered Through Partnership and Comprehensive Assessment of Talent Markets

We empower your talent acquisition team to hire leaders that drive innovation, inspire culture evolution, and build meaningful relationships.

Partnership Oriented

Executive recruitment and talent intelligence are at the foundation of our business. Willard Powell combines human and data-driven decision into the search process. This approach positions you to make unbiased decisions on real-time talent market data. Our team thinks about talent markets differently and works to closely collaborate with your internal search team. We are highly transparent throughout the search process by building consultative relationships with you and candidates. We offer you alternative and highly customized talent solutions, so that your firm can outperform competition in attracting and hiring the best talent.

Committed to Your Success

We are committed to the overall success of your firm and to partnering with your internal human resources organization. Our team works in close partnership with your organization to skillfully navigate talent markets and develop diverse talent pipelines across industries, geographies and functional disciplines. Our approach to talent research provides you a comprehensive view of the complex and dynamic nature of talent markets. Our process follows an iterative framework and ensures transparency across all search stages, including prioritization of needs, strategy setting, candidate recruitment, evaluation, shortlisting, and offers.

Metrics Based

Our team works in close partnership with your organization to navigate talent markets across regions, industries and functional disciplines. Whether hiring of a single executive or building an entire team, we work with your HR business partner, talent management and talent acquisition teams to set clear goals, define process and timelines, and get into a weekly meeting cadence to track and provide visibility into our performance metrics. We are open to taking your lead and adjusting our method to fit your process. Our team is comprised of highly skilled search consultants with a proven talent acquisition and assessment experience.

Our Search Process


We are passionate about finding exceptional candidates who fit best within your firm and will create value for you. We look for leadership competencies required to meet strategic goals and cultural fit. Our Engagement Managers work in close partnership with your internal search team to ensure that we achieve key objectives. We conduct talent research systematically to remove bias, follow a consistent process for candidate shortlisting, iteratively update you on engagements, continually deliver diverse talent pipelines and stay in sync with your internal talent acquisition team. Our Engagement Managers will work to define a recruitment roadmap that fits within your existing talent acquisition process.

Culture Builders

We know from experience, that with every hire made, your culture will be influenced. We work to understand the right competencies and behaviors. We seek to make a positive influence on culture and ensure that we are assisting in building an adaptable and performance-based team. We work to find correlations between these defined behaviors and your culture. We will help evaluate jobs descriptions and if required define potential career path(s) and messaging that provides a clear sense for your vision and an understanding for where candidates fit into the organization. We will never deemphasize the importance of understanding your culture.

Extension of Your Brand

Our Engagement Managers spend time exploring why past hiring efforts have been successful and why others have failed. We respect our role in representing your firm in the market, operate with high discretion and work responsibly as an extension of your team and brand.

Our Engagement Managers entrench themselves in your culture. We are meticulous about appropriately communicating with potential candidates and giving culture the care and attention it deserves.

How can we help your organization hire leaders that make a positive impact on the world?

President & Founding Partner

David McInnis

David has 17 years of global recruitment experience and is Founding Partner of Willard Powell. Prior to founding Willard Powell, David worked with Leathwaite International, a global executive search firm. Before his employment with Leathwaite, David worked for Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo Securities) supporting the firm’s Investment Banking & Capital Markets Technology group. David is a graduate of Lasell College in Newton, MA, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Management Information Systems. David also serves as a Trustee on Lasell’s Board.


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