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A Premier Executive Search Firm

Kinsley Sarn is a retained executive search firm that has been challenging the industry for fifteen years.

Located in Indianapolis and Denver, our senior partners complete the entire search, including client meetings, profile development, candidate assessment, placement management, and executive assimilation. We are driven by client success, and are focused on helping you to achieve remarkable performance through exceptional talent.

Our team is committed to building long-term partnerships by exceeding your expectations and increasing your competitive position in your marketplace—it’s how we measure our effectiveness. At Kinsley Sarn, we do not allow traditions and boundaries to impact our ability to place the ideal candidate. Instead, we push beyond the expected to build great organizations, one leader at a time.

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2024 America's Best Recruiters Award

Selected as one of the Top 250 Executive Search Firms by Hunt Scanlon Media in 2024.

What We Provide

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Kinsley Sarn’s executive retained search methodology is based on adding real value for our clients, enabling us to guarantee results and client satisfaction. Fundamentally, we view our role as that of a trusted extension of our clients, partnering with them to challenge and validate internal biases and perspectives.

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Our executive assessment services provide clients with validated, fact-based analysis. These assessments are vital for talent selection and succession planning, as well as placement or promotion decisions. By partnering with our executive search firm, you can access critical data that will help you retain top talent.

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Unlike others in our industry, we believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to executive placement. Our Executives in Transition (EIT) service provides a personalized career transition that is fully customized to the executive’s specific needs while satisfying the requirements of our clients’ companies.

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Executive Search Practice Areas

When it comes to executive placement, Kinsley Sarn has expertise in a variety of industries across the senior level.

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How We Work

Understanding that each client is unique, we tailor each search to ensure you get the extraordinary talent you desire in the shortest time frame possible.

Our framework leverages the most current research capabilities, technology, and products, enabling us to consistently identify top-tier talent that will enhance your culture and drive long-term results for your company.


Assessment & Analysis


Opportunity Proposal


Candidate Targeting & Identification


Candidate Interview & Assessment


Offer & Placement


Transition support

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What Our Clients Say

"We worked with K|S to source multiple executive level roles and were very pleased. Their sourcing process is comprehensive, beginning with a candidate profile and internal interviews of the CEO and SVPs. Kinsley Sarn surprised me with how perceptive they are in terms of candidate qualities, skills, and culture fit based on their in-depth interviews."
Jodi Whitney
Vice President, Human Resources,
Citizens Energy Group
"We have used Rick and his team to help build the leadership and organizational capability so important in today’s economy. We count on their data-based insights and willingness to go the extra mile—they are a trusted advisor and a critical component of our leadership and organizational development investments."
John J. Gallagher III
Former COO
“Every project with Kinsley Sarn has been a true collaboration. They listen well, evaluate carefully and deliver talent and innovative and targeted solutions that have had a significant, positive impact on our business. As we continue to grow and develop, we will continue to use Rick and his team as a valuable resource.”
Bill Fisher
SVP, Human Resources
Zimmer Holdings, Inc.
“Before hiring Kinsley Sarn I was told they had the ability "to see around corners" and was led by the most adroit human relations professional going. Having worked with Rick and his team, I can confirm everything I heard and add that they listen well, consider issues from all sides, bring about clarity and solutions, and are a genuine pleasure to work with.”
Ellen Rosenthal
President & CEO
Conner Prairie
“Kinsley Sarn was instrumental in helping us build a high performance senior team. They enabled us to uncover obstacles and provide solid solutions to overcome them. They were able to challenge our thinking and dispel orthodoxies resulting in a far more cohesive environment. Their ability to empathize with each member of the team created significant buy in to their approach. I’m convinced that our significant increase in shareholder value was in a very significant way a result of Rick’s work!”
Jim Marino
Former CEO
Alberto Culver
“Kinsley Sarn is a vital part of our leadership and talent development process. They are an integral part of our company.”
Curtis J. Clawson
Chairman & CEO
Hayes Lemmerz International
"We have worked with Kinsley Sarn to recruit, develop and coach our senior teams. They are a great source of feedback to our leaders in terms of professional development. Kinsley Sarn is a proven and trusted partner for any growing company.”
Brad Chambers
Chairman & CEO
Buckingham Companies
“In today’s competitive environment getting talent is invaluable to any organization. But just having talent is not enough, leaders need to make sure the talent understands their strengths and weaknesses and continues to grow and develop. We have used Kinsley Sarn multiple times for sourcing, assessment and development. Rick and his team provide specific and meaningful feedback that is always on target. They are a great resource to provide a mature and honest sounding board. In particular I appreciate the contribution Rick has made to the ongoing development our team and our culture and we will count on him to continue to do so in the future. Our people are better as a result of working with Kinsley Sarn.”
Mary Oleksiuk
EVP Human Resources
Tyson Foods
“We at Rüetgers are using on a regular basis the services of Kinsley|Sarn. We are impressed by the attention spent for understanding our business and our organizational needs. They are a direct partner to me as CEO, not only helping to define our talent strategy but directly involved in all aspects of our leadership acquisition and development activities. We only can recommend Kinsley Sarn.”
Henri Steinmetz
CEO & President
Rüetgers Group
“Rick Kinsley is the best I've ever worked with - he has been instrumental in helping us source and develop our leaders. His style is direct and supportive and he has the experience, knowledge and skills to help leaders and organizations realize their potential. I recommend him regularly and without hesitation.”
John C. Lechleiter
Chairman & CEO
Eli Lilly & Company
“Kinsley Sarn has been an integral part of our company-wide leadership development efforts, effectively sourcing and integrating top talent across the company. Their contributions and efforts were instrumental in building an organization that enabled world-class superior performance.”
Dr. Angelo Brisimaitzakis
Former President & CEO
Compass Minerals
"We couldn’t have been more pleased with the Kinsley Sarn's work in finding us our new CFO. I would absolutely use their services again and recommend them without reservation."
Gary J. Lehman
Former President
Oerlikon Drive Systems
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