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Compass Recruitment Solutions acquires Carter Schwartz to form Compass Carter Osborne

May 21, 2024

Compass Recruitment Solutions announces the strategic acquisition of leading UK executive search boutique Carter Schwartz, merging its executive search business, Compass Executives, to form Compass Carter Osborne.

Compass Recruitment Solutions (“CRS”) announces the merger of Compass Executives (“CE”), the existing dedicated executive search offering within CRS, with leading UK executive search boutique Carter Schwartz (CS”). The combined business will operate under a new brand, Compass Carter Osborne (“CCO”), providing innovative human capital solutions across the independent health, social care, education, and life sciences markets.

The merger of two of the UK’s leading providers of executive search and consulting services for investor-backed companies consolidates the market position of CCO as the preeminent provider of retained C-suite services to the sector. CCO will be led by its two senior partners, Adam Carter, and Luke Osborne, supported by Sam Leighton-Smith, combining 40 years of experience in sourcing some of the high-profile executives in the independent health, care, education, and life sciences markets.

Sam Leighton-Smith, Group Managing Director at CRS said:

I am delighted to welcome Adam and his team into the CRS fold and continue our investment thesis of only partnering with and investing into the industry’s best. We always aim to be a friend to the sector who adds significant value to our client partners and the people they serve. The alignment of our values, purpose and respective track records cements our proposition as the “go to” search firm within the markets we operate.”

Adam Carter, Senior Partner at CCO said:

“The strategic alignment of Carter Schwartz and Compass Executives brings together the two leading executive search houses within independent health and care. With a proposition greater than the sum of the parts, this solution offers our respective clients access to unparalleled market knowledge with a consultative potency unrivalled across the independent health, care, and life science niches – knowledge based advisory at its best”.

Luke Osborne, Senior Partner at CCO said:

“I am thrilled to welcome the Carter Schwartz team in a move that consolidates the UK’s leading search advisory facilitators of C-suite healthcare appointments. We’re excited about this growth opportunity as Compass Carter Osborne forms to offer unrivalled knowledge, backed by exhaustive research, to our SME and large cap investor clients domestically and internationally.”

For further information please contact:

David Bland, Director of Marketing at Compass Recruitment Solutions        

Sam Leighton-Smith, Group Managing Director at Compass Recruitment Solutions

For the full press release, download here: Compass Carter Osborne – Press Release

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