Sustainability and Clean Tech Meet the ‘Perfect Storm’

Aug 17, 2021

Talent pipelines struggle to keep pace; ON Partners named as top 25 prominent executive search firm serving the Clean Tech & ESG sectors

ON Partners, the experience-driven retained executive search firm, is proud to be named to Hunt Scanlon’s first annual roundup of the top 25 most prominent executive search firms serving the Clean Tech & ESG sectors.

ON Partners’ managing partner, Tim Conti, was recently featured in Hunt Scanlon’s report on the sector’s surging growth in 2021:

Notes Conti, “The burgeoning demand in the sustainability and clean tech sector been driven by several factors. These include policy, change of presidential administrations, and, I believe, an increasing commitment among executives toward positive climate impact,” he said. “All of these elements create a great growth trajectory for the space; market conditions are there now to attract the highest caliber candidates. When you can mesh high caliber leaders with mission-driven companies, great things tend to result.”


“The CEO and CFO-level roles have been ON Partners’ biggest focus for searches across the sector. With the market potential, several companies have chosen to upgrade the CEO, attempting to boost strategic thinking in order to create a differentiated positioning for the company,” said Conti. “And, with financing often serving as the foundation for these companies, the CFO role is now (and has been) critical to a company’s ability to capitalize on market opportunities.”


“Given the demand, talent pipelines are expected to struggle to keep up. But in these moments, companies should also look internally at talent already within its ranks, talent that is often times untapped,” added Conti. “Providing growth opportunities to your highest potential employees can serve as an accelerator for their career development and oftentimes solves for your leadership gap without the disruption and risk of integrating an external leader. A hybrid internal/external talent strategy is called for in a growth market such as this.”

View the full report from market research firm Hunt Scanlon on the clean tech and sustainability sector surge here.

The Clean Tech/ESG Top 25 ranking is the latest of several accolades ON Partners has received in the last year. Once again, ON Partners was named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms. Recently, Inc. magazine revealed that ON Partners once again was named on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This is the eighth time ON Partners has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 list. The firm was ranked 17th in Hunt Scanlon’s annual roundup of the top 50 recruiters in the Americas based on revenue – the highest organic growth rate among the nation’s top 20 executive search firms and outpacing the annual industry average. In addition, ON Partners is proud to be named to Hunt Scanlon’s Private Equity Recruiting Power 75 list that encompasses the nation’s leading executive search firms driving leadership results in the private equity sector.  Hunt Scanlon also has consistently ranked ON Partners to its list of the Top 50 Healthcare & Life Sciences Search Firms, Cyber Technology Top 40 search firms, and New York Power 60 list which encompasses the leading executive search firms driving leadership results in the New York market.

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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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