ON Named Prominent HR & Diversity Search Firm

Dec 2, 2023

For the fifth year in a row, ON Partners is named on Hunt Scanlon’s most prominent executive search firms in HR and Diversity list

ON Partners, the pure-play retained executive search firm is proud to be named to the HR and Diversity Power 65 Recruiting list, announced by market research firm Hunt Scanlon.  The list encompasses the leading executive search firms specializing in human resources and diversity, equity & inclusion. This is the fifth year in a row that ON has been placed on this prominent ranking.

41% of all search assignments ON has undertaken have resulted in diverse executive placements in the last year. We have placed more than 200 diverse executives in leadership positions in the last few years.

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As executive search consultants who partner with organizations to place C-level and board executives across a range of industries, we understand our responsibility in helping to shape what the future of business looks like. As a group of non-conformists, we recognize that you can’t craft effective solutions using outdated methods and practices. So, we don’t have a “diversity and inclusion practice” and we don’t partner with a diversity firm. We consider every search we undertake to be an inclusive search.

In the Executive Search Report published by Hunt Scanlon, ON Partners’ chief product officer, Jin Ro, weighs in on one of the biggest topics surrounding diverse and inclusive executive hiring practices. Generative AI continues to be a key topic of conversation throughout industries and the search industry is no different. While there are plenty of potential applications for this novel technology, using it as a means of promoting diversity at organizations as well as assisting with DEI initiatives more broadly is a widely held belief. Nevertheless, the overarching sentiment is that AI is still a tool so it must be used with awareness and care rather than seen as a solution or a replacement to humans.

AI has become an integral part of our lives, revolutionizing industries and transforming the way we live and work, and the same can be said for the search industry and DEI initiatives within organizations.

“Depending on which side you ask, AI will lead to either a data-driven meritocracy or a DEI crisis,” said Ro. “In an ideal model, AI provides a wide aperture to a larger and more diverse pool of candidates where the best fit would emerge based solely on merit and fit.”

“Nevertheless some limitations exist with this tool that must be considered when using it,” Ro said. “There are built in social biases. AI models are only as good as its training data. Additionally, there is no recognition of recent events where a situation might require nuance or care. Finally, the internal workings and process are unclear to the user so it is difficult to parse through the source of the output. Nevertheless, AI has incredible potential to help recruiters find a wider pool of talented and qualified talent.”

Ongoing DEI Survey


For the past few years, we’ve been listening to our ON community to better understand where they are in their diversity journey and ultimately to help them build more diverse and inclusive organizations. Our ongoing DEI survey has been shining a light on what actions they are taking, where the challenges are, and what organizations they admire for their diversity and inclusion initiatives.

To continue to build on these learnings, we want to hear from you.

DEI Survey


About ON Partners

Since 2006, ON Partners is the only pure-play executive search firm building diverse C-level and board leadership teams. We rebuilt the institution of executive search for the way you work. Our approach includes present partners who engage with their clients from the first brief to the final decision, individually crafted solutions that are unique to each client, and an easier experience all around. Named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms and to the Inc. 500/5000 Lists nine times, ON Partners is consistently ranked among the top 20 retained executive search firms in the U.S.

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