Sterling Strand

Sterling Strand

Hiring is a science, not an art.

Sterling Strand is a retained executive search firm led by former in-house talent leaders. We believe the method of building incredible teams and incredible companies is the same

data-driven strategies, rigorous systems and structured processes.

— Average time to fill

93 Days

— Number of failed searches



We believe that high quality hiring should be approached methodically. As a result, our clients range from seed stage startups, to multi-billion dollar international companies:

Led by proven talent operators

Hailing from companies like Flatiron Health, Netflix, Tesla, and Squarespace , our Partners have spent their careers building world class companies.  


We bring this unique expertise to our clients, advising on the best and most cutting edge practices on identifying, attracting, assessing, selecting and closing extraordinary leaders that can change the trajectory of their businesses.


"Hillary and Emily at Sterling Strand are fantastic. We were working with a well-known executive recruiting firm on a few positions that we ended up transferring one by one to Sterling Strand because we were simply seeing much better results in terms of the quality of our candidate pipelines and the speed with which they surfaced relevant candidates. They have a very good understanding of the backgrounds and capabilities we are looking for in each role, and they have provided us excellent guidance on how to optimize our recruiting process. They are extremely smart and dedicated. Overall, they have been great partners to us across the board in our search for talent."

Adam Cahan, CEO

→ PAX Labs
“Emily and team came highly recommended to us and they have exceeded our expectations. They have incredible professional networks to tap into, they've helped us improve our interview processes, and the quality of the executives they've introduced us to have been exceptional. Working with Sterling Strand is one of those decisions I wish we'd made a lot earlier.”

Austin Ogilvie, Founder

→ Laika
“Working with Sterling Strand to hire our Head of Marketing was a great experience. Their work extended far beyond bringing candidates to the table as they were instrumental in helping us recognize when we found the right candidate. Sterling Strand’s professionalism, dedication and guidance throughout the process ensured that we made the perfect hire. I’d recommend them wholeheartedly and without reservation.”

Ron Jacobson, CEO

→ Rockerbox
"Your initial email is probably one of the best initial recruiter contact emails I've seen, so replying because you deserve me to. If you're still up for a chat, I am sure we can coordinate a time."   "Thank you for this email. I am not currently looking to make a move to a new role, but I must say of all the job emails I get every week this one possibly is the best one I've ever received.  Very informative and very thoughtful and it answers a lot of questions for a potential future candidate.  Well done."