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Frontrunner Executive Search

Building World-Class Teams for Global Leaders

What We Do

Frontrunner Executive Search is a retained executive search firm that assists companies with their senior leadership and management needs, and in finding especially tough-to-find technical experts. Frontrunner focuses strictly on quality, not quantity. Each search is highly customized and our focus is on providing world-class candidates who are not actively looking for new opportunities.

Industry Focus

Medical Devices/Pharma
Manufacturing and Automation
Professional Services
Global Development

Meet Kimmo Kartano

Kimmo Kartano, CEO and Founder of Frontrunner, is the firm’s lead consultant. Kimmo has 25 years of experience in executive search, international management consulting, and marketing.


What People Say

Recruiting for key talent for our growth-mode company has always been a challenge. Working with Kimmo Kartano at Frontrunner has allowed us to focus on our business. Kimmo takes the time to really understand the company, as well as the candidate profile needed to successfully fill the open position. When Kimmo presents the top candidates for a position, each have been fully vetted and are well matched to our business needs, whether that is from a technical or cultural perspective. This allows us to make the final decision quickly and efficiently. The candidates come into the interview process fully engaged, and those who are selected to join our company quickly become top-performing employees.

Global HR Business Partner, Advanced Materials Manufacturing Company

Our rapidly growing technology company has worked with Frontrunner on several searches. We’ve tried to do the recruiting ourselves but due to the difficulty of identifying qualified candidates which are in short supply in our field, we have at times engaged outside assistance. Kimmo Kartano at Frontrunner has consistently done an outstanding job to provide strong candidates with the appropriate leadership, management, and technical skills we need, and who have also been a good cultural fit with our company. The searches have been well structured and we have been kept well informed during the process.

Chief Operating Officer, Global Capital Equipment Provider

Hi Kimmo, I hope this email finds you doing well and staying warm. I just wanted to tell you that Brian (name changed), our Sales Manager we hired with your help, is outstanding. He has fit so well with our company it is wonderful!! He is smart, has great initiative, works really well with our Sales Director, we could not have found a better addition to our family without your help. Again, thank you for all you did for us.

Human Resource Manager, Global Industrial Automation Company

In advance of commencing the search, Kimmo Kartano evaluated our firm, our products, and the strategic plan without wasting time, and throughout search engagements he has exhibited a thorough understanding of our industry segment and the key players. Kimmo has brought superior candidates into the process that have led into timely and high-quality recruitments of people who have delivered strong results for our company.

Senior Vice President, HR, Global Technology Company

In my 30 years in business, I have worked with a lot of headhunters at large global firms and at small regional ones. Of all of them, Kimmo Kartano at Frontrunner Executive Search has impressed me with great results and outstanding service. We had several choices of excellent candidates and ended up with our ideal #1 choice. I was also impressed by Kimmo’s ability to grasp the fine details of our niche industry.

Head of Sales, North America, Industrial Automation Company

Thanks again, Kimmo, for your assistance and support. You’ve made the whole process painless.

Head of Sales, Global Industrial Equipment Company

Our Unique Perspective

Strategic and Customized

Due to the background of our founding CEO rooted in management consulting, Frontrunner’s approach to search is highly consultative and each search and service is customized to suit a given situation and environment.

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Right Mindset and Cultural Fit

By identifying and engaging an excellent pool of candidates for every search, we strive to help our clients be productive and generate profitable growth.

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Flexible and Adaptable

As management and organizational experts, we understand how your leadership and recruiting needs in different functional areas integrate with your organizational strategy.

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Contact Info

3400 Warder Street NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA

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