We hire your key leaders

With over a decade of expertise in attracting and hiring top talent for some of the most successful companies in technology, we have gained unique insights into the challenges companies face when experiencing times of rapid growth and transformational change.

About Us

Key Search is a boutique Executive Search firm with a unique track record in hiring top executives for well-known brands and start-ups in the digital space. We are passionate about bringing together exceptional leadership talent and great companies.

We enable our clients to consistently hire the very best leaders and help them successfully scale and transform their businesses. Backed by our unique research methodology and assessment tools, we match professional skillset, human qualities and company culture to deliver the highest level of predictability when hiring top performers.

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Our key strengths

What makes us unique

Proven track record

We have built leadership teams for some of the world’s most exciting start-ups and fast growth companies, venture- and private equity-backed and across various technology sectors. Thanks to our long-standing experience, we have established an extensive network of trusted candidates that enjoy working with us. Both clients and candidates appreciate our innovative and effective approach, and happily continue to work with us. Here some of our past hires:

Transparency

We follow a defined process for every phase, while maintaining maximum agility to handle any unforeseen surprises.

With our tools, we are able to maximize transparency and efficiency. We combine data and insights to help clients make the best hiring decisions. While emphasizing thoroughness and structure, we simultaneously focus on agility and collaboration. We advocate meeting calibration candidates early in the process and being open about potential trade-offs. To ensure that you always get the best-possible fit, we provide a highly responsive and accessible service.

Our promise to you

Hiring the right leadership talent has never been more important. Every failed search costs not only time but also money. That is why every search we conduct is protected by a replacement guarantee when needed, giving you the assurance of shared responsibility for success.

What our clients say

We are on a mission to give you the best executive search experience hiring consistently the very best leaders to scale and transform your business. Both clients and candidates consistently compliment us for our approach and happily continue working with us.

Trusted by leading brands and startups

Clients

We have built leadership teams for some of the world’s most exciting startups and fast growth companies, venture- and private equity-backed, in the consumer digital and enterprise technology sectors.

Aifinyo is a bank independent financial service company that focuses on small and medium-sized companies.

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Aktiia – Bringing blood pressure monitoring to daily life

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Bnext is a fintech platform headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

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Booking.com is one of the world’s leading digital travel companies.

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Careship is a German marketplace for in-home senior care.

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COMATCH is the leading online marketplace for independent management consultants and industry experts in Europe.

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CommScope is redefining tomorrow by shaping the future of wired and wireless communications.

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Comtravo is a travel and tourism company that specializes in travel management, business travel, and online booking.

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Daedalean is a Zürich-based startup with a mission to build a certified airworthy autopilot that can also pass the exams for human pilots.

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Dataiku is the centralized data platform that moves businesses along their data journey from analytics at scale to enterprise AI.

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Doctolib has become the #1 online and mobile booking platform and management software provider for doctors in Europe.

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FairMoney is a mobile banking platform for private and business borrowers for the emerging markets.

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Finiata is a fast-growing FinTech from Berlin, offering an automated credit solution to small businesses in Europe.

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Forto stands for groundbreaking, scalable, digital logistics technology and services that go beyond transportation from point A to point B.

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Hotjar is a powerful product that reveals the online behavior and voice of a website’s users.

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Aktiia – Bringing blood pressure monitoring to daily life

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Bnext is a fintech platform headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

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Booking.com is one of the world’s leading digital travel companies.

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I-surance is a next-generation B2B2C digital insurance platform.

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Indeed is the leading employment-related metasearch engine for job listings.

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Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher.

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Just Eat Takeaway.com is a leading global online food delivery marketplace.

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N26 is a hyper growth unicorn building a global mobile bank.

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OpenClassrooms is Europe’s leading online education platform.

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Otto is the leading retail e-commerce company in Germany.

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Preply is a global language learning marketplace

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Taxfix is on a mission to help people get their maximum tax refund effortlessly,

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Tipico is the leading market provider of online and retail sports betting in Germany.

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Hotjar is a powerful product that reveals the online behavior and voice of a website’s users.

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NewStore is the essential omnichannel store solution for enterprise retailers.

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Otto is the leading retail e-commerce company in Germany.

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Shopify is a cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses.

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Zageno is a first-of-its-kind e-commerce platform, making online shopping for any research material convenient, efficient and reliable.

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Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle.

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COMATCH is the leading online marketplace for independent management consultants and industry experts in Europe.

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CommScope is redefining tomorrow by shaping the future of wired and wireless communications.

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Daedalean is a Zürich-based startup with a mission to build a certified airworthy autopilot that can also pass the exams for human pilots.

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Dataiku is the centralized data platform that moves businesses along their data journey from analytics at scale to enterprise AI.

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Forto stands for groundbreaking, scalable, digital logistics technology and services that go beyond transportation from point A to point B.

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Malt connects businesses with freelancers, finding the perfect match for every project.

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Zenjob is an online job portal that showcases temporary workers and a wide range of part-time jobs of hotels, supermarket chains, offices, and restaurants.

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Aifinyo is a bank independent financial service company that focuses on small and medium-sized companies.

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Bnext is a fintech platform headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

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FairMoney is a mobile banking platform for private and business borrowers for the emerging markets.

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Finiata is a fast-growing FinTech from Berlin, offering an automated credit solution to small businesses in Europe.

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N26 is a hyper growth unicorn building a global mobile bank.

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Taxfix is on a mission to help people get their maximum tax refund effortlessly,

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TransferWise is a money transfer service allowing private individuals and businesses to send money abroad without hidden charges.

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Aktiia – Bringing blood pressure monitoring to daily life

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Careship is a German marketplace for in-home senior care.

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Doctolib has become the #1 online and mobile booking platform and management software provider for doctors in Europe.

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Zageno is a first-of-its-kind e-commerce platform, making online shopping for any research material convenient, efficient and reliable.

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Booking.com is one of the world’s leading digital travel companies.

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Comtravo is a travel and tourism company that specializes in travel management, business travel, and online booking.

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Orderbird is Europe’s leading payment-led, cloud POS system for restaurants.

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Quandoo is one of the fastest growing restaurant reservation platform globally.

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Opportunities

    HR Business Partner

    • Zurich

    We are currently retained by a household-name digital player in the food delivery industry t …

    • Consumer
    • HR & TA
    • Head

    Head of Sales Germany

    • Munich

    One of our fastest growing Munich based clients is looking to hire an experienced Head of Sa …

    • Enterprise
    • Sales
    • Director

    Product Leader

    • Milan

    Our client is one of the most well known brands in the world. The company is building a new …

    • eCommerce
    • Product
    • Director

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