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The Locke Group is a specialist executive search firm which partners with some of the most well-respected companies in investment banking and markets, asset management, and alternative investments.

As a boutique, we are deeply invested in our clients – our care for their experience and the experience of their candidates is second to none – and we possess both the strength and flexibility to deliver results which help to power their business.

Why Choose a Boutique?

Investment

Given the wide availability of search partners, why choose a boutique? The answer is simple – boutiques are more invested in you. As a boutique, The Locke Group is deeply invested in our clients’ success – and it shows in our results. Your strategic success matters to our business, so we work hard to deliver the best talent to power yours.

Experience

Beyond results, you deserve a better experience. When you pick a boutique, you pick a partner who is attentive and committed to delivering a professional client experience. The Locke Group takes that commitment to the next level with its focus on the candidate experience. We believe if you want to land top talent in the industry, you need to provide the best experience. Have you considered how your search partners are reflecting on you?

Read our Candidate Experience Manifesto

Click to read more about our best practices for a stellar candidate experience

Flexibility

Perhaps most importantly, ‘Boutique’ means flexibility. Like a gymnast, boutiques are strong and flexible – they have the strength to get the results you need without the rigidity of larger firms. When you work with The Locke Group, you get flexibility without sacrificing any measure of strength or quality.

Have you ever felt less than satisfied with the service you’ve received? Experience a more personalized approach – talk to a Partner about how we can tailor our services to your unique needs.

Last but not least, ‘Boutique’ means accessible. Don’t believe us? Try picking up the phone and calling us at 212.430.2024 – we are available and excited to learn more about you.

Our Team

Sean Locke

Managing Partner and Founder

Sean founded TLG in 2003. He possesses more than two decades of search and advisory experience for front office teams in alternative investments, asset management, and investment banking. His network and approach ensure our clients have access to superior market intelligence and leading talent.

Sean manages the business, guides search strategy and execution across practice areas, and mentors our Search Consultants.

Sean received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from Ithaca College. He enjoys living in Westchester with his wife, two children, and playing guitar and golf. Click below to contact Sean.

Tom Hudson

Partner, Alternatives

Tom joined TLG in 2014 and was promoted to Partner in 2019. He has 8 years of search experience for investment and markets organizations, with a specialty in quantitative strategies. He leads the company’s hedge fund business, including discretionary and quantitative investment mandates.

Tom received a Bachelor of Science in Development Sociology from Cornell University. He enjoys life with his wife and family, working on his squash game, and loves both science fiction and real-world, emerging technology. Click below to contact Tom.

Niall McGeever

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Niall has 4 years of investment industry search experience. He joined TLG in 2020 and executes searches for alternative investment clients, with a specialty in private markets investment mandates. Prior to TLG, he worked as a Researcher for the Denali Group.

Niall received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Siena College. He enjoys living in NYC, skiing, golfing, and watching the Siena basketball team.

Cannon Kelly

Executive Search Consultant

Cannon joined TLG in 2022 and executes searches for investment banking clients, with specialties in advisory, industry coverage, and debt markets. Prior to TLG, he consulted for hedge fund companies as a Client Associate at Third Bridge Group.

Cannon received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Supply and Value Chain Management from Texas Christian University. He enjoys living in NYC, playing guitar, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

Cristina Figler

Project Coordinator

Cristina joined TLG in 2021. She is the team’s administrative engine and drives critical research projects for the company. Together, she has 10 years of recruitment and corporate HR experience.

Cristina received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication and Sociology from SUNY Brockport. She lives in Buffalo with her husband and their gold retriever, Nova. She enjoys spending time with her family and getting out in nature.

Our Process

The Locke Group follows a consultative and systematic recruitment process.
As a boutique, our drive to deliver high-touch service to our clients and candidates is central to our strategy and to our identity. We believe the best search consultants are systematic in their approach, and we take it one step further by coupling a systematic approach with thoughtful service.

Discovery

Immediately upon engagement, we commence our discovery process. We will get to know you, your people, your unique culture, and gain an understanding of your principal needs. Details matter – we are expert in asking questions and will unearth any hidden elements which may prove critical to executing your search.

During this stage, we will function as a critical source of information to you and will help to shape both your target candidate profile and inform your search strategy. We’re consultative, but our goal is to reflect your wishes in an excellent manner.

Strategy Development

Following discovery, we will crystalize and communicate our search strategy to you in two parts – target talent and message.

As industry specialists, we put a great deal of effort into mapping the talent landscape down to the team and individual level. With your target candidate profile in mind, we will leverage our knowledge of the landscape to identify the full universe of relevant talent available to you, including hard-to-reach passive candidates.

Beyond their knowledge of the landscape, elite search consultants provide a great deal of value to their clients in the message they craft and take to the marketplace. As representatives of your company, we believe our message is your brand. It will create a lasting impression and if delivered properly, it will enhance the way you are viewed by top talent. This why we take such care to get to know you during the Discovery stage – your opportunity is unique, and we’re uniquely effective in communicating it to the market.

Execution

We are a persistent and systematic in our approach – we believe the best search consultants deliver top talent to their clients because they persist in delivering a well-crafted message to the market. When you hire The Locke Group, you hire consultants who will persevere in reaching hard-to-get talent and who will deliver a consistent, attractive message.

Through each successive stage – short-listing, interviewing, selection, and negotiation – we will function as a reliable source of feedback, competitive intelligence, and will consult with you on how to close your top choice.

We’re serious about Execution. Interested in learning more? Click to read about our Performance-Driven Solutions model and how we’re turning the classic retained search model on its head.