For more than 25 years, Wyatt & Jaffe has been regarded as best in class for executive search and leadership talent development.

There is no secret formula to being a search consultant. All it requires is a remarkable judge of character, exceptional intuition, a naturally skeptical view of the world and fluency in market intelligence. Any 20 year-old can do it. Okay, maybe not.

Our expertise is quite simply that we find the best people. Consistently. Over the years, that seems to be the one element that makes us stand apart from the competition. You can buy a suit on Savile Row or you can go to Macy’s and buy one off the rack, but the truth is that the tailored approach to finding a fit for your business is essential.


Wyatt & Jaffe develops leadership talent to advance your strategic initiatives.

Beyond providing you with the best people, we are adept at seeing around corners to help you define your strategic goals.

Whether it’s organizing your teams or helping you to focus your company at large, our perspective allows us to bring insight to your business – from identifying talent to pursuing entirely new channels. Aligning corporate vision with market needs to achieve a competitive advantage is what Wyatt & Jaffe has been doing for more than 25 years.

We work with you to set expectations.

Sure, a Ferrari is sexy…but maybe a Ford Focus is what you really need. Not to worry. One of the greatest services we can offer is the ability to help you level-set. We will work with you from the outset of every search to define the ideal candidate, compensation and benchmarks for whatever position you desire to fill. Our task is to deliver candidates that will provide you with new levels of organizational performance and expertise.

So...where are we?

In the ever-increasing acceleration of day-to-day business, the idea that “time is money” has never been truer. The simplest way to ease the anxiety that comes with looking for your ideal someone is for us to keep you updated on a weekly basis. Or slightly more often. We provide you with the stats on whom we’ve talked to, who’s worthy of consideration and whom you should urge your competitors to hire. It’s a simple enough practice, but knowing exactly where you are in the process makes it exponentially easier to manage your workflow.

24/7, 365. Whenever. Whatever. Wherever.

Maybe everyone says “I’m here for you,” but no one means it the way that we do. We invite you to wake up in a cold sweat at 3:00 a.m. and give us a call. Talk for hours if you like. Once you work with Wyatt & Jaffe, you will never need a therapist again – unless, of course, you have separation anxiety at the end of the search. And if that’s the case, call us. Not everything is on clock. The point is that we really are here for you. We take our relationship seriously.

It’s not you, it’s me. Okay, it’s us.

As we engage in a search, we become an ambassador for your brand. That means we’re compelled to perform to your highest standards whenever we communicate with a candidate. Courtesy and clarity are just as important for candidates who don’t make the cut as they are for that lucky someone who will become a part of your company. Clarity in every communication is our gold standard for conducting business.

Did I forget to tell you?

This is one of those things that should be on the last line of every corporate memo: NO SURPRISES. As a matter of fact, it’s not a bad organizing principle for every part of your life. Especially if you have teenagers.

From start to finish, our process ensures that you will find the candidate you were looking for and that you will know the status of your search every step of the way.

We work with you to set expectations.

Sure, a Ferrari is sexy…but maybe a Ford Focus is what you really need. Not to worry. One of the greatest services we can offer is the ability to help you level-set. We will work with you from the outset of every search to define the ideal candidate, compensation and benchmarks for whatever position you desire to fill. Our task is to deliver candidates that will provide you with new levels of organizational performance and expertise.

So...where are we?

In the ever-increasing acceleration of day-to-day business, the idea that “time is money” has never been truer. The simplest way to ease the anxiety that comes with looking for your ideal someone is for us to keep you updated on a weekly basis. Or slightly more often. We provide you with the stats on whom we’ve talked to, who’s worthy of consideration and whom you should urge your competitors to hire. It’s a simple enough practice, but knowing exactly where you are in the process makes it exponentially easier to manage your workflow.

24/7, 365. Whenever. Whatever. Wherever.

Maybe everyone says “I’m here for you,” but no one means it the way that we do. We invite you to wake up in a cold sweat at 3:00 a.m. and give us a call. Talk for hours if you like. Once you work with Wyatt & Jaffe, you will never need a therapist again – unless, of course, you have separation anxiety at the end of the search. And if that’s the case, call us. Not everything is on clock. The point is that we really are here for you. We take our relationship seriously.

It’s not you, it’s me. Okay, it’s us.

As we engage in a search, we become an ambassador for your brand. That means we’re compelled to perform to your highest standards whenever we communicate with a candidate. Courtesy and clarity are just as important for candidates who don’t make the cut as they are for that lucky someone who will become a part of your company. Clarity in every communication is our gold standard for conducting business.

Did I forget to tell you?

This is one of those things that should be on the last line of every corporate memo: NO SURPRISES. As a matter of fact, it’s not a bad organizing principle for every part of your life. Especially if you have teenagers.

From start to finish, our process ensures that you will find the candidate you were looking for and that you will know the status of your search every step of the way.

Our expertise is rooted in technology, financial services, consumer and retail.

FCI

General Counsel

GILT CITY | GILT GROUPE

Chief Revenue Officer

AVAGO

Managing Director, Singapore

KERRY

VP M&A

BALLENTINE PARTNERS

Chief Investment Officer

RED ENVELOPE

CEO

SUGAR

SVP Sales

CB RICHARD ELLIS

SVP Risk Management

FIRST DATA

President, Card Services
CFO Enterprise Payments
CFO TeleCheck

NANO MAGNETICS

CEO (Bristol, UK)

US TRUST

Regional Market Executive
Wealth Management teams

RICOH

CEO (Photonics startup)
President, Office Appliances

VIXAR

EVP Business Development

GE COMMERCIAL FINANCE

VP M&A
VP Financial Solutions
VP Public Affairs and Media

EMIDA

CEO

MAXTOR

CFO
CTO
CMO

BANK OF AMERICA

Client Service Executive,
Family Wealth Advisors

SAE MAGNETICS

BU Director (Shenzhen, China)

GATEWAY

CFO
President, Retail
General Counsel
EVP eCommerce

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY

R&D various

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Mark Jaffe
President

With more than 25 years in executive search, Mark Jaffe has been widely recognized for his expertise and insight in securing hard-to-get top talent for corporations worldwide. He is an author, columnist, social commentator and business humorist whose unique approach yields game-changing results for Wyatt & Jaffe clientele.

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Eva Kotilinek
Managing Director

One of the few executive search professionals who began her career as a pure technology geek, Eva Kotilinek has done it all in the last 12 years – from configuring hardware and software solutions to developing a killer database (you’re probably in it already) to recruiting C-level talent on multiple continents.

It’s not what you say,

it’s where you say it.

Who He Is: President, Wyatt & Jaffe, Minneapolis
Companies He's Worked With: General Electric, Gateway Inc., Maxtor Corp., First Data Corp.
Where You've Heard Him: Regular contributor, NPR Marketplace

State of the market: There's a crusade going on in my business to invoke the mantra that things are getting better. Watch the third quarter. They're hoping it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. I call it the "Tinker Bell effect": If you think she's alive, she'll come back to life. But the return to really aggressive...

One afternoon in February 2003, Gateway Chief Executive Ted Waitt was supposed to interview a promising candidate for the top human-resources spot at the struggling personal-computer maker. But an intense session with his senior lieutenants lasted 30 minutes longer than expected.

Moments before Mr. Waitt emerged from his meeting, the contender walked out and took a company-provided limousine home. She felt annoyed "because she was kept waiting for Ted," says John Heubusch, Mr. Waitt's former chief of staff. "I remember being really shocked."...

Many people find that one of the most difficult parts of any job search is talking about money. When the conversation turns to compensation, many job applicants get nervous or uncomfortable and are reluctant to talk about the kind of salary and benefits they expect for a position. These mistakes can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career. Here are the three most common ones -- and tips on how to avoid them....

Last week, Chinese billionaire Gao Dekang stepped down as CEO of Bosideng International, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of down jackets. Two weeks ago, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel was removed after the retailer disclosed a security breach. Mozilla’s embattled chief executive Brendan Eich resigned after a revolt among...

BusinessWeek's list of the World's Most Influential Headhunters pulls back the curtain on the often-mysterious business of executive recruiting. See abridged profiles of our first 100 in this slide show, and check out longer profiles of each individual. Also, search by geographic focus, companies they recruit for, and industries of specialization in our table...

When a house sits on the market for a while, we tend to think the people who passed on it rejected it for a reason. The same goes for a job, especially an executive-level one.

If a CEO position stays open for too long, it could indicate a couple of things, none of them all that promising to a potential candidate....

Who He Is: President, Wyatt & Jaffe, Minneapolis
Companies He's Worked With: General Electric, Gateway Inc., Maxtor Corp., First Data Corp.
Where You've Heard Him: Regular contributor, NPR Marketplace

State of the market: There's a crusade going on in my business to invoke the mantra that things are getting better. Watch the third quarter. They're hoping it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. I call it the "Tinker Bell effect": If you think she's alive, she'll come back to life. But the return to really aggressive...

One afternoon in February 2003, Gateway Chief Executive Ted Waitt was supposed to interview a promising candidate for the top human-resources spot at the struggling personal-computer maker. But an intense session with his senior lieutenants lasted 30 minutes longer than expected.

Moments before Mr. Waitt emerged from his meeting, the contender walked out and took a company-provided limousine home. She felt annoyed "because she was kept waiting for Ted," says John Heubusch, Mr. Waitt's former chief of staff. "I remember being really shocked."...

Many people find that one of the most difficult parts of any job search is talking about money. When the conversation turns to compensation, many job applicants get nervous or uncomfortable and are reluctant to talk about the kind of salary and benefits they expect for a position. These mistakes can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career. Here are the three most common ones -- and tips on how to avoid them....

Last week, Chinese billionaire Gao Dekang stepped down as CEO of Bosideng International, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of down jackets. Two weeks ago, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel was removed after the retailer disclosed a security breach. Mozilla’s embattled chief executive Brendan Eich resigned after a revolt among...

BusinessWeek's list of the World's Most Influential Headhunters pulls back the curtain on the often-mysterious business of executive recruiting. See abridged profiles of our first 100 in this slide show, and check out longer profiles of each individual. Also, search by geographic focus, companies they recruit for, and industries of specialization in our table...

When a house sits on the market for a while, we tend to think the people who passed on it rejected it for a reason. The same goes for a job, especially an executive-level one.

If a CEO position stays open for too long, it could indicate a couple of things, none of them all that promising to a potential candidate....

 
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“The essential doesn’t change.” Samuel Beckett
 
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