Our Approach

The Value Proposition

Your reputation means everything. Guarding it is serious business, and we are here to help you make the best possible decisions when hiring top communications talent:

  • We know the industry, here and abroad. Our clients benefit from the efforts of dozens of executive search professionals across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia who are experts in one field – communications.
  • We listen to you. No two searches are alike. Tell us about your perfect candidate and we will craft a job description and search strategy to attract that person.
  • Our network is your network. Rely on our deep, personal knowledge of thousands of top-notch communications professionals who have gone through our exhaustive vetting process.
  • Our disciplined approach works. At the outset, you receive a customized plan designed to streamline your search, deliver appropriate candidates and help you to identify the best long-term fit for the role and for your company’s unique culture.

The Process

We are a retained search firm, and we are proud of the trust placed in us by both clients and candidates. Our clients consider us subject matter experts in the profession, and that depth of knowledge is the foundation for all of our search engagements. We are always thinking about what, exactly, goes into great communications work. In any given week, we have deep conversations with hundreds of leaders in the industry, leveraging everything we learn to improve our approach to search and the outcomes we achieve for our clients.

To identify the right candidate for a given role in a particular organization, we follow a time-tested approach, which depends on listening – really listening – to a client’s needs, understanding culture and reporting lines, thinking strategically to envision an ideal candidate, and then diving deep to find the people who best fit that profile, often in places where others wouldn’t think to look. Success is never just about the person or the company; it is about the fit between the two. Our goal is to facilitate good hiring decisions for the client’s organization and for the candidate’s career.

Raw skills are important. Top communicators must be great writers and capable managers. But raw skills aren’t enough. The intangibles matter – more than anything else, we would argue. That is why we devote so much time and effort to building complete portraits of our candidates. We meet them in person. We look them in the eye. We explore motivations, weigh strengths and weaknesses, and probe colleagues’ impressions. We know that certain personality traits make for success in media and public relations while others might be better suited for investor relations, public affairs or internal communications roles.

The Search Team

Our engagement teams are each led by a senior recruiter with significant experience in the client’s field. The senior recruiter is paired with a research associate who is in touch with a variety of senior communicators who might be open to new opportunities. We also target professionals who may not be thinking of other roles – until we help them to see the possibilities. In addition, each search team leverages the knowledge and contacts of all senior recruiters and associates in the firm, who meet frequently to exchange information and brainstorm about what candidates would be a good fit for a particular position. When you hire Heyman Associates to conduct a search, you will have the resources of the entire firm behind you.


New York Office

150 West 30th Street, Suite 200
New York, NY 10001
(212) 784-2717


San Francisco Office

300 Montgomery Street, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 818-8038


New Business Inquiries:

Email Maryanne Rainone


Submit Your Resume:

Email Our Research Team


Media Inquiries:

Email Our Communications Team


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