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HR Executive Search & Placement

If you are looking for your next Chief People Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, VP HR, VP Talent Management, VP of People, VP Talent Acquisition and Dir of Total Rewards – we understand these profiles well and bring a proven executive search track record filling this function.

Our methodology enables us to quickly recruit the executive talent you are looking for to give you peace of mind about your operations team leadership.

Clients partner with Herd Freed Hartz for a few key reasons:

Proven Track Record – Since 2001, our firm has successfully worked with 400+ Northwest clients on nationwide, executive-level searches. Forbes also recognized us as the “Top Executive Search Firm in the Northwest” for 3 years in a row.

Results That Matter – We deliver the candidate quality and speed you are looking for. Our “Time to Candidate” average over the last 3 years is 37 days. 95% of candidates we place are still in the role 18 months later. We deliver a high ROI and peace of mind by ensuring you are surrounded by an “A-player” executive leadership team, giving you a competitive advantage.

Recruiting Partnership – Clients enjoy our trusted, long-term partnership that goes beyond just filling the role. We provide customized strategic recruiting insights, methodologies, and best practices, which can be used across all your hiring needs. We believe in the “art of recruiting” by crafting your story in a compelling way, helping you stand out from the pack and attract top-talent you would not find on your own. Our goal is to make working with our team a professional and fun experience.

Juno Therapeutics

VP of People

Dir of Recruiting Operations

Sr Dir Product Mgmnt

Dir of Talent Acquisition

Chief People Officer

Chief Technology & Product Officer (CTO)
University of Washington

Director of HR
Port of Seattle

Executive Director

Director of HR

Director of Labor Relations
Crane Aerospace

VP of HR

Chief Technology Officer

Dir of Health Plan Operations

Inside Sales Mgr

(Endeavour Capital)
Cascade Corporation

VP Supply Chain

VP Global Manufacturing

VP of IT

Dir of Human Resources

GM (Specialty Finishes)
VP of HR
VP of US Fab
Prog Mgr (US Fab)
Sr. Proj Mgr (Vigor Marine)

(Endeavour Capital)

VP of Manufacturing

Dir of Human Resources
The Standard

Sr Dir of Total Rewards

Executive Director (Seattle)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Chief Marketing Officer

Chief People Officer

VP of Commercial Sales

Dir of Enterprise Sales

Dir of Demand Gen
HomeStreet Bank

Chief Information Officer


Zonar Systems


Chief Talent Officer

Chief Strategy Officer

VP Technology

VP Marketing

QA Manager

Sr. Product Mgr


VP of Engineering

CRO/VP Sales

VP Product Management

VP Marketing

VP Talent & Culture

Recruiting Consulting
International Parking Management

HR Manager
Jerry's Home Improvement

VP of Human Resources
Lydig Construction

VP Health & Safety

CheezBurger Network

Director of HR

Editorial Director

VP Operations

VP People & Culture

VP Talent


Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Chief Medical Officer

Head of Human Resources

Head of Manufacturing Operations

Dir of Regulatory Affairs
A Place For Mom

Sr. Director of HR
Anderson Hay & Grain

Chief Operations Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Dir of HR

Sales Mgr (Japan)
Jefferson Healthcare

Chief Human Resources Officer

Director of Facilities

Dir of HR
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

VP of Talent Acquisition


VP Sales & Marketing

Dir of HR
Kwik Lok

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Chief Revenue Officer

Chief People Officer
Casey Family Programs

EVP Child & Family Services

Managing Director, OD

Chief HR Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

VP of Human Resources
Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership

HR Manager
Glacier Fish

VP of HR
Matheus Lumber

Dir of Human Resources
Kitsap Library

Dir of Human Resources
Arctic Storm

Director of HR

Global VP of HR

VP of Human Resources

Who We Are

Herd Freed Hartz is the leading retained executive search firm based in the Pacific Northwest. We have a proven 20+ year track record in matching firms with the right candidates for C-level and VP-level positions and recruiting talent nationwide.

We enjoy the unique puzzle to solve with each client and role. We listen and learn what has made you great and the specific challenges you are facing that this new hire can solve.

As your guide and recruiting strategic partner, we can then make you look like a hero for hiring us as we find you a new amazing leader that delivers. We also provide recruiting insights and best practice tips to help you hire faster and smarter when hiring future roles.

We believe our success is when you are winning and have a renewed peace of mind knowing you have an A-list executive leadership team in place.


We believe upfront executive recruiting STRATEGY saves you time.

Discovery Intake Meetings – We meet with key stakeholders to learn about your unique organization & culture.

Outcomes vs. Activities – We identify on the role’s key outcomes within the first year to provide focus and clarity.

Assessment – We offer behavioral assessment options and an interview question strategy.

Mutual Expectations – We align our process and communication flow to ensure a smooth partnership.


We help you STAND OUT from the pack.

Storytelling – We craft your unique story to inspire and engage the talent you really want.

Candidate Experience – We ensure all candidates leave with a great impression of your company and a positive experience.

Experienced Recruiter Search Team – We are proud to represent your brand in the marketplace and the recruiters you meet are the ones who will tell your story. As your trusted recruiting partner, we offer recruiting insight and best practices.


Executive Search DIVERSITY

We strive to promote a workforce (especially executive leadership roles) which reflect the diversity of our communities. Over the last 18 months:

100% of our searches included a diverse range of candidates

28% of our clients ultimately hired a person of color

43% of our clients ultimately hired a female executive


Our Proven 6-Step Retained Executive Search Process

1) Intake Conversations – Listen and learn from key stakeholders about your organization, ideal profile, success metrics and culture fit

2) Job Description – Craft a compelling job description to inspire the right talent and proactively answer candidate questions

3) Initial Calibration – Review target bios to ensure early alignment and provide additional insight for added focus

4) Candidate Sourcing – Contact, interview and assess top-tier talent, most of whom are not actively looking and wouldn’t be accessible otherwise

5) Weekly Updates – Conduct regular search updates to review new candidates and provide interview feedback and strategize next steps until the role is filled

6) Offer & Onboarding – Close the finalist and provide onboarding best practices to set up your new executive for success


Where have we had success filling roles?

We source talent nationwide for our Pacfic Northwest clients, as we love living here and selling the area. While our recruiting headquarters is in Seattle, our we have team members living in Bend, OR to Wenatchee, WA and even Colorado.
Specifically, we have filled roles with for clients in:

WASHINGTON: Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland, Tacoma, Bremerton, Olympia, Vancouver, Everett, Bellingham, Wenatchee, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Walla Walla.

OREGON: Portland, Salem, Eugene, Springfield, Medford, Redmond and Bend.

IDAHO: Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

ALASKA: Anchorage, Juneau and Ketchikan.

While our focus is on the Northwest, we have also filled roles nationally in cities such as New York, Austin, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Green Bay.


Curious to learn more to see if we can help you too?

Let’s connect to schedule an initial video chat to get to know you and answer your initial questions.


Talent Wins.