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The Experts in Executive Search

We are a top executive search firm that delivers extraordinary Chief Executive, Board, C Suite & VP leadership talent for organisations, that drives Predictive High-Performance Business Outcomes for companies. As one of the leading retained executive search firms, our executive headhunters and recruiters partner with companies and organisations for searches on roles across the UK, Europe & US.

Our Role in Talent Equity Search

Our Clients contact us when they realise their success is being impacted by not being able to identify, attract & recruit Top Executives and they require an approach that provides effectiveness for filling executive positions, through a time-proven search process.

This is where we come in. Headhunting world-class leadership teams & leadership executives is time & labour-intensive, complex, and requires a rare and wide range set of skills and expertise, to provide a specialised recruitment service.

Recruitment Process for High Impact Leaders

This is where our recruitment process comes to the fore with our our Executive Talent Acquisition & Retention (ETAR™) System, that benefits firms by helping them find the very top impactful leadership hires, attract them and retain them to gain that competitive & strategic advantage.

Searches & Headhunting for Board Success

As a Leadership Advisory Firm, we work with Founders, CxOs, Boards & Influencers of firms in the UK, Europe & US, who want access to an extensive network of game-changing, senior level C-Suite & VP talent and an executive recruitment system and process that delivers – with a 99%+ success rate compared to the sector 63% average.

People & Relationships

Operating as a Partner, our clients value our insights, experience and the time we can save them through our collaborative, high-touch personal executive search process.

We combine broad industry expertise and functional expertise with cultural and geographic knowledge providing insight to the job market. With diversity & inclusion, diligence and advice in building cutting-edge leadership teams, our client organizations benefit from working with us, with on-point industry & candidate intelligence, to deliver high performing leadership in their respective markets.

What Our Clients Say About Our Executive Search Service

“The executive services provided by Richard and his team are second to none. Extremely diligent and thorough. A great shortlist provided for an executive role we were recruiting for. Timely communication throughout leading to a quick placement.”

First class service all round. One of the best executive recruiters and experiences I have ever had leading to a successful placement of a superb candidate from an exceptional shortlist. Very pleased and will use again without fail

“I still remember when I was deciding about whether to use one of the big firms or to give Aruba Exec, a firm I had not heard of before, a shot. I could not be happier with my decision to go with Aruba. The founder, Richard, has a great network, and truly cares about finding the perfect fit for both sides. He’s personal, fair, not afraid of a challenge, and listens! Qualities that are sometimes hard to find with one of the big firms. I will continue to use Richard for career advice and executive search for the companies I work with.”

I was recommended to contact Aruba from an ex-colleague in my network who had worked with Richard, as we had a senior appointment to fill. The service provided was second to none, Richard quickly understood our requirements, challenged what we were looking for and delivered a very strong shortlist where all the candidates were serious prospects. All in all, a successful search campaign with our first choice candidate secured. I will certainly be using Richard and his team again.

“I would like to thank Richard Crossman, a senior director at Aruba Executive Search, he has provided superb mentoring in both development of my cv and in my approach to the next stage of my career. Further, he is passionate in wanting to help people succeed in their career and is willing to give the time to do this – now that counts”.

“Richard has fantastic industry knowledge and builds great relationships with candidates quickly. He works hard to understand our business and our needs and generates high quality candidates quickly. Having Richard engaged on our recruitment activity has been a real game changer for us”

“From the first contact Aruba were very well engaged; Richard was available consistently and he understood both my background and my career plan. Richard provided valuable and usable guidance which I am certain improved my presentation and which ensured I could pitch my experience and skill set appropriately.”

“Richard is clearly passionate about the recruitment industry and very professional in his dealings with both clients and candidates. I have used his service for myself as a candidate and a client and on both occasions he has delivered well.”

“Richard is unusual as a recruiter in that he not only knows his subject matter but actually does as he says, he takes an open and collaborative approach and genuinely engages in a professional and effective manner, easy to deal with an honest broker.”

“Richard was one of a number of recruiters that I contacted at the start of my search for a new executive role. Richard’s response and actions provided the greatest level of help and assistance to me at a very important period in my job-search. Of all the recruiters I contacted, Richard was the quickest to respond, listened carefully to understand my situation and aspirations and was very generous with his time and experience in guiding the necessary rewrites in my CV and my Linked-In profile. A number of my ex-colleagues have also used the structures and language that Richard gave to me so his positive impact has had an extended reach! I am grateful for the help and advice that Richard provided to me and I would recommend him to future clients.”

“If, like me, you believe that clear timely communication is the cornerstone of effective recruitment, then I can strongly recommend the Services of Richard at Aruba.”

“Richard is talented and energetic with a blatent passion for his work and an abundance of professional expertise. I am sure that Aruba Executive Search will continue to thrive as a result of Richard’s unwaivering commitment to deliver outstanding customer service.”

“Richard headed up our external resource service on a very high profile contract. He is highly professional at all times and can be counted on to deliver what he promises. He is very open, honest, trustworthy and works in a true partnership fashion with his customers.”

“Richard is a hard working individual with lots of energy and passion for his business. He is an expert in his field and his level of professionalism and commitment to his end clients is second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending Richard.”

“Richard Crossman is actually one of the best Recruitment agents out in the business. He is one individual who is committed to his job 100%. Richard has helped me massively and was great support in finding me my next career move.”

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Components You Need To Recruit Top Executive Leaders

For you to succeed as Founder, CEO or Leader of a business, you need to perform at your best & be a high performing Leader. To be that high performing leader, you need a high performing team around you.

To be effective Industry Leaders & perform to your optimum lies directly in your ability to consistently identify & hire the top performing candidates for your business.


Founders, CEOs & Industry Leaders know that recruiting the top levels of executive talent significantly helps outperform their competitors and provides strategic advantage. It therefore comes as no surprise that the war for attracting, hiring and retaining the top executive talent is fierce.

The Best Executive Candidates

The best executive talent is the primary scaling mechanism for any business and should be at your core.

The two major components that lie at the foundation of all great companies is firstly …. creating an uncompromising hiring model to deliver extraordinary talent and secondly …. inspiring, mentoring, and growing that talent when you have it, to take them to the next levels in their capability …. maximising retention.

Investment in Executive Search

Not having a good hiring strategy and access to a good leadership pipeline is going to always hold you and your business back, so investing in executive search services should be one of your key decisions to access the top performing executive leaders for your roles.

Are You Looking For High Impact Leaders?

  • Are You Scaling Your Organisation?
  • Looking For High Impact Leadership Candidates?
  • Need Leaders With Strong Culture Fit?
  • Struggling To Identify Top Executive Leaders?
  • Are Executive Searches A Distraction For You?

Are You Seeking An Executive Career Move?

  • Have You Outgrown Your Current Executive Role?
  • Interested in High Impact C-Suite Roles?
  • Want A Move Into A High Growth ScaleUp?
  • Looking For More Challenge & Opportunity?
  • Want Greater Reward & Recognition?

What Makes Us Different From Other Search Firms?

We know the executive hiring journey can be difficult. As executive search professionals, we’ve been through many search engagements and have a 99%+ service success record, compared to the executive search firm average of 63%. Our approach uses an ETAR system which engages with top C-Suite & VP Talent 24/7/365 for searches, where we typically touch circa 5000 candidates per search to deliver a top candidate shortlist for clients to select from.

Our Executive Talent Acquisition & Retention (ETAR™) System

Consult & Engage

Research & Evaluate

Qualify & Deliver

Onboard & Retain

Next Steps

1. Schedule a Call Below

During this call, we will audit your current executive hiring needs and type of search required and determine if our Executive Talent Acquisition & Retention (ETAR) system and approach, would work for you, your teams and your organisation.

2. Search Proposal Review

Following our call, if we are a good match on partnering with your organisation to deliver qualified candidates / senior leaders, we will construct and send a robust proposal to you within 24 hours. This will include time, investment and delivery on your executive hiring needs for your review and approval.

3. Engage & Execute

Following sign off to our proposal, we will commence the search and as a starting point, we will put together a robust candidate briefing document for your review and approval, which will attract, recruit and retain the desired talent & people required.

Executive Search

Aruba Exec is one of the top executive search firms with offices in the UK, who specialise in the search and recruitment of C Suite, VP & Director positions for companies in the UK, Europe & US. We are among the best executive recruitment firms for C Suite appointments, executive coaching and a reliable source for C Suite salary information.

Discover How Aruba Executive Search Can Help Your Company Attract, Recruit & Retain Game-Changing C-Suite Executives.