Allen Austin is a global management consulting firm specializing in retained executive search, leadership advisory, and interim leadership and project consulting, with partners managing client engagements from offices across North America and Europe. Allen Austin’s purpose to enhance the lives and effectiveness of our associates, clients, and leaders of the world means you come first.

Additional information about our firm

Having rejected order-taking and cookie-cutter solutions and ringing our cash register at our client’s expense, every retained search, leadership advisory, and board service engagement we deliver is customized and carefully crafted to add sustained value to your organization. The partners at Allen Austin have seen every engagement to fruition and execute all mission-critical phases of each assignment.

In an industry that hasn’t innovated in a hundred years, we’ve been focused on how to “do it better”, whether that’s focusing on high-performance cultures, ideal fit, engagement, value delivery, or retention. Our proprietary Foresight™ process, which has evolved over 27 years and is the most advanced, evidence-based process of which we are aware, ensuring the best possible fit for our clients.

Management Consulting Solutions

Allen Austin’s solutions are all based on Total Performance Leadership™, our commitment to improving the global workplace. With 90% of the world’s workforce disengaged, and badly broken hiring processes, resulting in a 50% failure, we have the ability and the responsibility to help. TPL is a journey and a commitment. It is a battle-tested, research-based architecture that combines Foresight™ and Insight™, our Transformative Architecture, designed to help boards and senior leaders building high-performance organizations that consistently outperform markets, deliver superior shareholder returns, have engaged workforces and exceptional leadership teams.

We are trusted advisors to boards, CEOs, and senior leaders of companies small and large, public and private, family-owned, private equity, venture-backed, domestic and international. You can count on us for competence, understanding, empathy, consistency, transparency, and honesty, even when it’s not convenient.



For seventeen years, we functioned as retained search purists, practicing search as a specialized form of management consulting, as our founders intended. Today, we are among the 40 largest retained search & leadership consulting firms in the U.S. with a reach across multiple continents. We are management consultants and researchers, specializing in retained search and leadership advisory focused on building purpose-driven cultures and high-performance teams that retain the best and brightest talent and produce unprecedented business results.

Additional information about our History

When our founder, then serving as Executive Vice President of an East Coast executive search firm, started to develop what we now refer to as the Allen Austin Foresight™ process, the principals of that firm responded with these words: “Rob, you are a very misguided young man. You are all consumed about how long these people stay, how well they perform, and how much enterprise value they deliver. You have all this passion around the art and science of executive search. We are in the business of executive search. We are making a boatload of money and we could not care less about this process you keep talking about.”

Because Foresight™ is focused on long-term relationships and enhancing the lives and effectiveness of clients and candidates alike, it takes more time and attention than the all too common practice of transactional order-taking or filling seats in a vacuum.

In a world where most people do not like what they do for a living, and where countless lives are adversely affected by inadequate hiring practices, we intend to make a difference; to make the world a better place.

We’re trying to change the global workplace for the better by studying, teaching, and practicing battle-tested human capital and leadership principles and methodologies. The principles we study and teach are most often based on purpose and values and produce extraordinary financial metrics and employee engagement.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to enhance the lives and effectiveness of our associates, clients, and stakeholders.

Our Mission

To help our clients win the war for talent and build cultures of peak performance.

Our Vision

To become the most trusted executive search, interim executive, and culture-shaping consulting firm, and the firm of choice for consultants who share our values.

Our Values

Our firm is a great place to work for hard-working people who aspire to be the best. We value and respect our people and are committed to helping them achieve their highest aspirations. We are dedicated to building lasting relationships and delivering real value to our clients – not doing things in a vacuum. We deliver an experience that makes clients feel great and tell amazing stories about us.