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We aim to evolve the talent management industry by creating tools and services that increase transparency and efficiency within the global talent market—adding value to the global talent pool, our clients, and everyone who provides talent related services.

True Search

Global recruitment for board members, c-suite executives, VPs, directors, and other strategic talent.  We focus on investment firms, their portfolio companies and public companies seeking transformative growth.


A talent solution connecting experienced executives to fractional and interim roles at high-growth companies.


An executive platform and community that provides open access to senior roles. AboveBoard is focused on creating search processes based on inclusion, transparency, and excellence.   


Representing and advancing careers for Black, LatinX and Native American students and professionals.


Collaborative, real-time talent relationship management software and information services for search firms, in-house recruiters and VC/PE firms looking to make better hiring decisions.

True Advance

Connecting leaders with talent services to build high-performing teams.

Innovation is part of who we are and we’re proud to work alongside the companies fueling the world’s economy.  We’ve come a long way but we’re not done yet.

20 12

True Search founded in Haddonfield, NJ and  Sunnyvale, CA with 5 people

20 13

True’s founders launch Foundation Talent to focus on VPs, directors and other strategic hires

San Francisco office opens

20 14

True’s founders build Thrive, software to make our own recruitment process more efficient, collaborative, and transparent

London office opens to service the EMEA region

50th employee hired

20 15

Employee headcount doubles with 100th hire

Boston office opens

EMEA presence expands with new Berlin and Stockholm offices

Thrive TRM spins out of True to become an independent SaaS company 

20 16

Beta test Synthesis, a new, proprietary methodology for leadership development

New York City office opens

150th person comes on board

20 17

Synthesis comes out of beta and begins working with CEOs and other leaders in companies in North America and EMEA

Establish presence in Asia with new Singapore office

Employee count hits 200 people

Named one of Inc. Magazine's fastest-growing private companies in America 

Recognized as fastest growing search firm by Hunt Scanlon

20 18

Ranked #26 on Forbes list of best recruiting firms

Named fastest growing search firm globally

True Search recognized as North America's 12th largest firm 

Featured as a Top 10 firm for Technology and Telecom in the UK

20 19

250+ great people on the team

Foundation merges with True to provide seamless client experience

Global expansion in Middle East with Dubai office opening

Recognized as North America's 8th largest firm and fastest growing firm among the top 25 

Featured as one of Inc. Magazine's Best Places to Work

co-Founded AboveBoard, an inclusive digital platform that opens up executive search to underrepresented leaders and helps companies diversify their executive roles

20 20

Formation of our Board of Directors

Recognized as North America's 7th largest firm and fastest organically growing firm among the top 10 

Expanded global footprint with office in Sydney, Australia

HQ office named a Philadelphia area Top Place to Work

AboveBoard officially launched

Added 83 new True team members

20 21

Recognized as North America's 7th largest firm and the only firm to grow in the top 8 

Named a 2021 Best Workplace by Inc. Magazine

HQ office named a Philadelphia area Top Place to Work for a second year in a row

Amsterdam office opens

Acquired climate technology and sustainability executive search firm, Hobbs & Towne Inc. (HTI) creating True's Energy Transition, Industrial & Climate Tech practice

20 22

Recognized as North America's 6th largest firm and fastest growing among the top 35

Named a 2022 Best Workplace by Inc. Magazine

TrueBridge, a talent network connecting companies and executives for interim and fractional roles, launches

Global reach expands to Latin America with opening of Mexico City office

20 23

True acquired Jopwell, a hiring platform focused on advancing the careers of Black, Latinx and Native American students and early-to-mid-career professionals

TrueBridge expanded into the U.K. 

20 24

True launches assessment and coaching offering, True Advance (via acquisition of Bleeker)

True's new Talent Advisory practice helps clients define their executive talent strategy, accelerate their leaders' development and gain insights into leadership teams through assessments and data.