Austin grew faster by percentage in the last five years than all but one other city in the US – Charlotte – according to the US Census Bureau (Dec 2016), yet finding the best executives to lead its burgeoning business community remains a challenge.  Today, a new, innovative executive search firm is launching to help this underserved market: Hardman Batchelor International, LLC.

Launched by former Egon Zehnder Technology Practice and Russell Reynolds Associates Partner Edward Batchelor and headquartered in Austin, this groundbreaking global firm specializes in recruiting and assessing world-class Board Directors, CEOs and C-Level executives with a particular focus on cultivating the unique Austin, Texas marketplace.  The firm offers retained executive and board level search; reference checking; candidate benchmarking; and management assessment services.

Managing Partner Edward Batchelor has more than 25 years of experience living and working in the US, Australia, Venezuela, India, China, and the United Kingdom. He recruits CEOs, board members, senior executives, and digital leaders for a range of technology and consumer companies. His clients span six continents, ranging from Fortune 500 organizations; to leading global digital, consumer, and technology brands; to the portfolio companies of leading private equity firms.  Batchelor earned his B.A. from University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

With a background as a Texas-based Consultant and Partner for several top global executive search firms, Batchelor has done many of the senior-level searches and C-Suite assessments in the Austin market.  He commented: "Austin represents one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the US with a business-friendly climate and exponential growth.  Despite these obvious advantages it became evident to me that, although a number of local recruitment firms are available to satisfy the recruiting and assessment needs for general employees and mid-level leaders in Austin, the search and assessment capability for high-end C-Suite and Board Director Executives was underserved and needed to be addressed."

"Hardman Batchelor also sees enormous opportunities in our global work to help clients overcome some of the challenges they are having with confidentiality when working with the larger high-end firms and, of course, the need for improved diversity and inclusion on Boards and in the Executive Suite."

SOURCE: PR Newswire