Interested in Joining the CFR Network?

There are many reasons to be part of a global network of executive search firms.

Partnership – We are a network of tight-knit partners who know one another well. We even know one another’s families! So, working together is not like working with a business partner, but with a friend. One of our core values is trust. We live this value, and we trust and depend on one another. This means that when we do business, it is easier and much more fun.

Direct Financial Benefits – As a CFR partner, you will have a relationship with partners who refer search assignments to you. In exchange, you can trust these partners to work well with your clients that you have passed onto them.


Marketing Impact – As part of our network, you will be able to market yourself as part of a highly integrated global network of firms. This will allow you to position yourself to clients as one of the few global companies, which will elevate you above the many smaller, local competitors.

Sharing Knowledge and Expertise – As part of CFR, you will have routine access to a wide variety of partners dedicated to sharing ideas. While many people initially join for the direct financial benefits, they usually end up cherishing the camaraderie and idea sharing most.

Education – We love to learn and share knowledge on different HR topics like leadership, use of big data, AI/new technologies in HR, assessment tools, employment trends, new working environments, interim management and many other topics. We use internal CFR resources to educate, as well as external certified consultants. Learning is a never-ending process at CFR.

Industry Groups– CFR partners possess a wide range of specializations and market knowledge, ensuring successful solutions for our clients worldwide.
We add value to the recruitment process because we know the talent pool, salary dynamics, and required competencies for different functions within different industries. Thanks to our solid and shared experience, CFR can offer companies, wherever they are, specific competencies in Industrial & Energy, Construction & Infrastructure, Life Science, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, IT & Digital, and Food & Agriculture.

How Do We Make All These Promises Happen?

Although the pandemic forced us to move our global meetings online during 2020 and 2021, we much prefer meeting face to face.

Global Conferences

We all meet once a year in September or October for our Global Executive Search Conference, each time in a different country. We have workshops, team-building sessions and develop our plans and strategies for the following year. But we also like to spend relaxed, friendly evenings over cozy dinners and a glass of wine. After all, it’s all about PEOPLE and NETWORKING.

Here are a few photos from our past conferences:
Gallery (link to the photos)

Regional Conferences

One meeting each year is dedicated to the regions. For example, the EMEA meeting takes place in Paris in the spring, whereas the regional conferences for the Americas and the Asia Pacific region take place in a different location each year.

Who Can Apply for CFR Membership?

CFR is a global alliance of independent Executive Search companies.
We believe in doing business with like-minded people that we trust.

The CFR-Group is an equity-based alliance of like-minded search firm owners from around the globe.

We share the core values of professionalism and commitment to our clients and candidates.

We build trust and confidence
based on personal

This is why we find it important that any new prospective CFR members are aligned with our values and work on similar principles that assure a unique quality service and high standards to support the growth of our clients globally.


Executive Search/Direct Search needs to be your primary business driver.

The majority of your search and selection projects are conducted on a retainer base principle.


The company has been active for at least 3 years and must have a minimum of 3 competent and skilled full-time employees.

A strong motive for doing executive search internationally.


You can provide a list of at least 5 multinational companies with which you have collaborated on projects in the previous 2 years as references.

How to Apply

You may apply by sending your request via our Contact Us page, or you can contact any of the CFR regional directors
in your region by email:

North America

Latin America