Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Arnold Partners and our Senior Financial Executive Search Process

What do you offer that is different from large retained search firms?

First, our clients deal only with the principal of Arnold Partners, Dave Arnold, with over 25 years of experience in CFO search, operations and finance. Second, we specialize in the financial function which allows us to meet our clients’ needs more accurately and swiftly. Finally, we offer flexibility in our approach to each client, and customize each search to fit the needs of our client. Our focus is exclusively on our client and candidate relationships, not on internal politics or shareholder pressures.

How many partners are there in Arnold Partners?

Dave Arnold handles all client matters. We utilize U.S.-based research for some searches. Our researchers only collect data, only Dave contacts candidates and interfaces with clients.

How do you measure success?

Our placed CFOs have helped create over $12 B in enterprise value and counting.

Do you guarantee your placements?

Yes, for six months from start date. Certain exceptions apply of course, such as the hiring company being acquired.

How do you assure the quality of the people you place?

There are many qualities that our clients seek in a CFO. First on the list is high integrity. We verify a candidate’s true integrity by reaching beyond the reference list to our extensive network of executive contacts. We also assure quality through our exclusive focus on the financial function — a CEO may hire only a handful of CFOs in his/her career, along with other positions — but CFO search is our sole focus. With this focus over many years comes expertise. In addition, our reputation is at stake with every search we perform, and our goal is to exceed expectations.

Why only financial search? Couldn't you apply your skills to other professions?

Because our formative years were in finance, it was a natural place to focus. Now that we have been in financial search business for 20+ years, separating the “As” from the “Bs” is the value we bring for our clients.

How is your fee structured?

We work exclusively on a “retained search” basis. We offer our clients an outstanding value for the impact of our placements. Retained search means that our clients have contracted exclusively with Arnold Partners to direct and complete a search assignment. During the course of the search assignment the client pays a retainer. There are many mutual obligations that must be met by both the client and the search firm, and as a result, this approach has many benefits for all parties — the client, the candidate, and the search firm share a strong mutual interest in seeing that right candidate is hired, and that the search is completed in a timely manner.

If I am a CFO looking for a new opportunity, how do I work with you?

We are constantly on the lookout for top talent and meet candidates to discuss their career accomplishments and objectives.

People are saying…

Having worked with Dave on multiple searches, I can attest to his ability to deliver world-class talent. In attracting our CFO, Dave worked closely with our Board and CEO to determine our needs and delivered on the specification. Subsequently, Dave recruited our VP of Finance to support the on-going success of our entire finance team which is now a well functioning team.“Dave is tenacious in his drive but very easy to work with; he does not push candidates onto his client but he does provide a solid slate to choose from. Dave is a standout in the recruiting industry.
John OwensChief People OfficerSentient Technologies