Pollard Search Group is a leading national Retained Executive Search firm specializing in the search and selection of key impact professionals, in all functional areas, with substantial expertise and dedicated practice areas in the Restaurant/Hospitality/Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods and Advertising industries.

We Know Candidate Quality

We define candidate quality as our clients do: personal and professional qualifications, fit with corporate culture, potential for long term contribution, and the ability to produce results.

We are a highly regarded, Executive Search consulting firm. We are known for quickly grasping the qualities needed in candidates to meet the hurdles they will face and for thoroughly screening the total candidate panel to present only those individuals that have the capacity to be successful.

With over thirty years of Executive Search Experience we know how to source, evaluate and select the best candidates – not the next best.

Focus and Deliver – We Go Deep

Because of the significant and substantial amount of work we have done in the Restaurant/Hospitality/Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods and Advertising industries over the years, we have developed an extensive professional network and deep database to draw from immediately. This means you see well qualified candidates sooner.

We will intensively research and source our firm’s confidential network and database to identify candidates and source the target list of industry segments, functions and specific companies where successful candidates are likely to be.

We will identify, approach, evaluate, recruit, conduct face to face interviews and perform preliminary reference checks on those individuals who appear to be potential candidates.

Who We Are

We are a boutique firm by choice, with exceptional resources and a shared philosophy about client and candidate relationships and value delivered. We select and manage only those searches where we feel we can deliver significant value. Because of this, we don’t have the “off-limit” policies that larger retained search firms have thus ensuring you have access to the “total” candidate pool – not half of it.

At Pollard Search Group, we want to be measured by our results. Choose us as your partner in Executive Search and you will immediately see what sets us apart. Our methodical approach, commitment, dedication, focus, creativity, tenacity, timeliness, and accessibility are a few of our traits and characteristics but most importantly, we deliver! We will leave no stone unturned until we successfully complete our assignment for you.

To successfully complete our assignment with you we invest the time to understand your company, your values, your culture, your needs. We take the time to learn your business and approach each search in partnership with you.

With over thirty years of Executive Search experience we know how to source, evaluate, and select the best candidates for our clients – not the next best.

Our Team

Stephen Pollard

Managing Director

Joey O’Connor-Katz

Associate Partner

Lauren Pollard

Associate Partner

Jane Baraban

Associate Partner

Lauren Collins

Research and
Data Base Manager

Search Process

The approach we generally employ for an executive search consists of the following eight phases.

Needs Assessment

Meeting and having confidential discussions with key client executives to clearly define the role and responsibilities of the position, understand organizational relationships, the client's strategy and objectives, the climate and environment, and define the requisite set of skills and experience the candidate will need to be successful.

Position Specification

After carefully assessing your needs, we typically prepare a written position specification that outlines the responsibilities of the position, qualifications of the ideal candidate and criteria for success. This specification guides our search efforts.


Definition of a customized search strategy, including developing a jointly identified target list of industries and organizations for investigation and research.


Intensively research and source our firm's confidential network and database to identify candidates and source the target list of industry segments, functions and specific companies where successful candidates are likely to be.

Candidate Identification

We will identify, approach, evaluate, recruit, conduct face to face interviews and perform preliminary reference checks on those individuals who appear to be potential candidates.

Presentation of Candidates

Confidential written reports and background profiles are typically submitted on those individuals who most closely fit the position specification.

Candidate/Client Interviews

The consultant schedules a mutually convenient meeting between the client and each candidate. After each interview the consultant contacts both the client and the candidate for feedback.

Completion of Search

Thorough referencing of the candidate of choice and assistance in the critical final negotiations of a compensation package and assimilation plan that serves you and the new employee.

Working Principles

Building and maintaining long-term client relationships are the foundation of our vision, strategy and process. Below are some of the principles that guide us in our relationships with our clients.


We will treat as completely confidential all proprietary information concerning your company, its organization, executives, products, services and business plans. We will use none of this information in any way detrimental to you.


We communicate with you frequently so that you understand and feel comfortable with our progress on your behalf and we understand any changes in your priorities. We will communicate with you in person, by telephone, in writing and through strategy review sessions.


To avoid confusion in the marketplace and to maintain the highest level of professionalism in the search process, we ask that you treat this search as an exclusive consulting arrangement with Pollard Search Group.


An assignment enters into our research phase only when we are authorized to proceed. Allowing time for completion of the clients interviewing and selection process, we would expect an assignment to be completed in forty-five to ninety days. In the case of international assignments and those with some degree of exceptional difficulty, the timetable may be longer.

Reciprocal Relationships

The best relationships are reciprocal and, just as we make our clients aware of any particular facts we discover in the course of the search, we ask them to keep us informed of any developments which may affect the successful outcome.

Professional Ethics

It is our intent to build a long-term professional relationship with our clients based on mutual trust and integrity. We work for and are compensated by the client organization. Our objective is to identify and attract well-qualified candidates and work with the client to secure the candidate of choice. As a matter of policy and practice, Pollard Search Group does not discriminate against any qualified candidates for any unlawful reason, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability.

Recent Searches

Below is a sample representation of some of our search engagements we have conducted for our clients. Each assignment is unique; lazy solutions compromise quality.

  • President
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Chief People Officer (CPO)
  • Chief Creative Officer (CCO Advertising)
  • Senior Vice President of Finance
  • Senior Vice President, Food
  • Senior Vice President, Marketing
  • Senior Vice President Supply Chain
  • Executive Creative Director (ECD) – Advertising
  • Vice President of Bakery Development
  • Vice President of Category Management
  • Vice President of Catering

  • Vice President of Construction
  • Vice President of Development
  • Vice President of Development (Real Estate)
  • Vice President of Interactive Marketing
  • Vice President of International Supply Chain
  • Vice President of Market Research/ Consumer Insights
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Vice President of Purchasing
  • Vice President of R&D (Food)
  • Vice President of Training
  • Vice President Field Marketing
  • VP Account Supervisor – Advertising
  • Vice President of Promotions & Shopper Marketing
  • Vice President of Training & Operations Services

  • Vice President, Digital (Advertising)
  • Regional Vice President Operations
  • Senior Director of Franchise Operations
  • Senior Director Training/L&D
  • Director of Catering Sales and Marketing
  • Director of Construction
  • Director of Culinary
  • Director of Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM)
  • Director of Franchise Sales
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Talent Acquisition
  • Director of POS
  • Director of Professional Marketing – Advertising

  • Director of Public Relations
  • Directors of Real Estate
  • Area Directors of Operations
  • District Managers
  • Franchise Business Manager
  • Joint Venture Partner
  • Group Account Director – Advertising
  • Management Supervisor – Advertising
  • Account Manager – Advertising
  • Senior Copywriter – Advertising
  • General Managers
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Project Manager
  • F&B Directors/Managers
  • Executive Chefs

Our Clients

Our clients come first, and their satisfaction is the key measure of our success. Thoroughness, timeliness and quality enable us to build long-term relationships based on integrity, trust and service.

Panera Bread
Smith Wollensky Restaurant Group
Arm and Hammer
Papa John's
Veggie Grill
Gala Capital Partners

Noodles & Company
Ferrara & Company
Boston Market
Cotton Patch Cafe
Alamo Draft House

PF Chang's
D'Angelo Sandwiches
MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery
Peet's Coffee and Tea
Zips Dry Cleaning
Pure Red

Pei Wei
Papa Gino's
The Works Bakery Cafe
Oath Craft Pizza
Music Bed
Altamont Capital Partners

Uno Pizzaria and Grill
Au Bon Pain
Planet Fitness

Contact Us


45 Main Street – Suite 402
Hudson, MA 01749
United States

Email: info@PollardSearch.com
Phone: 978-443-7580

If you are a client company inquiring about our services please call our office or e-mail us at: info@PollardSearch.com

If you are a candidate interested in having your credentials in our database, please forward your resume or CV to: resume@PollardSearch.com

You should know that we only conduct retained searches for specific positions with specific specifications. If your profile matches one of our client’s needs we will contact you.

Please feel free to contact us using the contact form with your comments, questions, concerns, or to inquire about our services.

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