“I’ve worked with Bert Davis Executive Search for over 20 years and can say that they stand out as an example of recruiting done right. Their deep industry knowledge, personal relationships, and high touch approach to search works. They don’t just find great people, they find people that fit. They do this by working hard to understand the unique needs of the client and by managing a professional process to ensure that both client and talent can make important decisions with confidence.”

Brian Napack
Former President

“Bert Davis has been a true partner to Carson-Dellosa. We’ve worked closely with their Executive Search and Consulting Services teams, and I would wholeheartedly recommend Bert Davis in both capacities.

Helping a 35-year-old organization evolve – quickly – into the 21st century requires visionary people who come equipped with the skills and expertise to turn goals into achievements. Bert Davis not only understood our vision, but also the types of people we needed to succeed during this period of rapid growth. Their seasoned team in executive recruiting gave us confidence and reassurance that we would find exactly who we were looking for to build the Carson-Dellosa Publishing senior leadership team.

Their in-depth understanding of publishing, our company mission, and our culture, coupled with their ability to engage and connect with people, helped us quickly identify and recruit outstanding, well-vetted individuals, many right in our own market!

The Bert Davis teams are true partners in executive search and industry consulting.”

Judy Harris
Carson-Dellosa Publishing LLC

“I have used Bert Davis and his team for many searches over a long period of time. It is always with great success. They put in the time up front to get to know the culture of my company and the particular needs I have for any given search. Add this operating principle to their in-depth knowledge of the media industry and you have a powerful combination working for you.”

Charles Siegel

“I have worked with Bert Davis and his team for over 25 years in recruiting successful management teams. I have found them to be extremely responsive to my needs and the needs of the organization. Bert and his team are great to work with and I won’t hesitate to contact them again as additional recruiting needs arise.”

Mason Slaine
Interactive Data Corporation

“In our search for a new director for our Press, Bert Davis was an invaluable source of support, good ideas and applicants. I researched four search firms before hiring Bert Davis, and in the process talked to staff members at each company and also talked to previous clients. I came away with a very strong sense that Bert Davis really excels in many ways, and that this firm would be the best option for us. I wasn’t disappointed at all!  Indeed, Bert Davis performed extremely well. I worked closely with Sally Dougan, and found her to be a well informed, strategic, and analytical collaborator. She listens well; wanted to know about our challenges and goals, and worked to find the person who was the best “fit” for our position. She understands academic institutions (which was a “must” for us) and she also understands business (which was also a “must” for us, given our goals). With Bert Davis, a client gets great experience in academic publishing, the benefit of a great network of contacts, as well as detailed analysis and advice. So I recommend Bert Davis highly; this is a great company and we were fortunate to be able to work with someone as smart, personable, and strategic as Sally Dougan.”

Gerald J. Baldasty
Vice Provost & Dean, Graduate School and Professor, Communication
University of Washington

“Search hit the ground running … we were able to see qualified candidates within weeks (vs. the 6-8 month research “black hole” phase that is typical with many search firms). Bert’s connections in the publishing field are astonishing. He knows everyone… what they did, what they’re doing, and probably what they’re going to do! He’s a delight to work with… extremely customer focused… wants to do the best thing for the client… always!”

Laurane Magliari
Former SVP, Human Resources
Gartner, Inc.

“As the chair of our search committee I was heavily reliant on the Bert Davis staff assigned to us. From our very first discussion I was very impressed with their knowledge, professionalism, attention to detail and determination to find the right candidate for us. We agreed from the outset that our goal was to identify and hire a person within a timeframe that would ideally suit us. Admittedly it was aggressive, but the Bert Davis team assured us they would utilize all their resources to make it happen. Not only did we find the candidate that exactly fit the needs we had set forth for the organization, but we were able to do so within our original timeframe. IMPRESSIVE! It was sincerely a pleasure to work with the Bert Davis firm. I would not hesitate to call on them again should the need arise and would highly recommend them to a colleague if asked.”

Mark Shaw
President & CEO
AAA Ohio Auto Club

“I have relied on Bert Davis as a trusted business partner to me and Conde Nast for the past 18 years. From the first phone call, through the vetting of a final candidate, in working with Bert Davis, I have trusted that the sourcing of exceptional and well-targeted candidates has been done with a discerning and industry-savvy eye. Bert and his senior team consistently demonstrate a deep understanding of what qualifies a successful applicant. They know the magazine and book publishing industries deeply and keep pace with their rapid evolutions. They also have significant expertise in the supporting areas (Consumer Marketing, Market Research, Business Metrics). They have an excellent network within the publishing industry and have seasoned, intelligent SMEs leading each of their practice areas.”

Karyn Gallant
Former Human Resources Director
Conde Nast Publications

“I have collaborated with Bert Davis and his team for nearly twenty years. We have worked together to recruit successful management teams at two companies—W.B. Saunders and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. They really understand that this business we call publishing is a business of long-term people relationships. To their credit, most of the people we have recruited together have built successful careers at Wiley. Bert Davis Executive Search has made a significant contribution to my goal of making Wiley the place to be in publishing.”

Will Pesce
Former President & CEO and Board Member
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

“Bert Davis and his team have been long-standing members of the Software & Information Industry Association and they are especially attuned to the needs of our tumultuous industry.  I’m constantly meeting executives in our industry—many at SIIA member companies—placed by Bert Davis, which is a clear testament to their role in our industry. Bert is always innovating and has recently initiated a consulting practice with a focus on technology and content-centric businesses.

Ed Keating
Former Vice President
Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

“Bert Davis Associates has been a trusted partner for more than 20 years. Bert and his colleagues have been remarkably effective identifying numerous high caliber candidates for a variety of senior positions on my management team – as a matter of fact, two of my most successful and closest associates were introduced to me by Bert.”

Bob Becker
President & CEO
Wolters Kluwer Health



“I was very happy with the broad market coverage and tenacity of the Bert Davis team in completing a challenging search for a unique individual.”

Scott Hunt
Executive Director & CEO
The Endocrine Society

“My organization’s publications program is expanding; we needed someone with leadership skills and publishing experience to direct the program through this period of growth, and to help position the Association’s scientific journals to operate in the rapidly changing publishing environment. Bert Davis Inc. was described to me as the firm to go to for our search, and it’s absolutely true. Sally Dougan and Larry Eidelberg are a terrific team – their expertise and connections in publishing led to finding the perfect candidate. Further, they were a pleasure to work with and I felt they had my Association’s best interests in mind at all times. I recommend Bert Davis without reservation.”

Sarah Brookhart
Deputy Director
Association for Psychological Science

“I have worked with Bert Davis for several years, most recently on two senior-level executive searches. Bert took the time to understand the nuances of the positions and our business. The team presented a slate of well-qualified candidates and stayed focused during the lengthy recruiting process. “Bert himself has always given us the personal attention that we expect, but do not always receive, from executive recruiters.”

Maureen O’Connell
Chief Administrative Officer
Scholastic Inc.

“Bert Davis has been critical in not just finding but in retaining our best senior management talent. Not only does the firm pay enormous attention to detail in matching us with suitable candidates, they never feel their job’s finished as long as the hire is with the company. The firm’s determination to find the right candidate is matched only by the good humor and patience they go about their work. I can’t think of a better firm with which to work in the media space.”

Richard Burns
Manhattan Media

“I have used Bert Davis Executive Search for over fifteen years. The firm has offered high quality services and positions have been filled with excellent candidates on a confidential basis. Bert Davis has consistently performed.”

Susan Katz
President & Publisher
HarperCollins Children’s Books

“I recommend your firm as the best in the business as often as I can.”

David “Skip” Prichard
President & CEO
Ingram Book Group

“Bert Davis and his team are invaluable partners to executives who need to rapidly transform their organization, quickly understanding the needs and culture of an organization and operating at great speed without sacrificing quality. Bert Davis completed seven searches for us in just over a year – heads of sales and marketing, two senior product management hires, and three salespeople – consistently finding what we were looking for and helping ensure we successfully closed on the finalist candidates.”

David Tanzer
Operating Partner
Lee Equity Partners (PDR Network)