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Our Promise

We’ll bring you the best.
And we’ll give you our best.

You need proven leaders to complement the culture you’ve built and take you down the path you’ve established – or help you shift to a new course.

Our Story

Our team is a seamless blend of two nationally respected, independent firms. Canny, Bowen – a generalist firm with particular expertise in industrial and legal searches – was founded in New York in 1954. Greg Gabel, formerly of Heidrick & Struggles, joined the firm in 1991 and became president in 2016.

Chuck Lew founded Coleman Lew in Charlotte, NC in 1979. Chuck, too, was committed to being a generalist. And to adhering to the highest standards. One of his key partners, Shana Plott, was named CEO in 2016.

Our two firms encountered each other many times over our long history – sometimes as competitors. But we recognized our similarities – an emphasis on ethics and exemplary client service, first-rate teams we’re proud to invest in, a desire to be true partners to our clients, and a history of successful completion of search engagements leading to client relationships that last for decades.

In 2019, we joined forces to offer clients the best of our collective talents. In other words, at the fork in the road, we combined our two paths into one.

We’re physically located in New York and Charlotte, but we tap into a global network. That network allows us to scout and recruit the best people. Since 1954, we have served a diverse roster of public, private, nonprofit, and international clients. Coleman Lew Canny Bowen is a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and Penrhyn International.

1954
Canny, Bowen founded in New York
1979
Coleman Lew founded in Charlotte, NC
2016
Shana Plott is named the first female CEO in Coleman Lew's history
2019
Coleman Lew and Canny, Bowen join forces
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Jacks and Jills of all trade.

We’re a generalist firm, so we have strengths in a number of areas.

Getting the right people in leadership roles in your organization directly impacts your brand and your bottom line. Coleman Lew Canny Bowen has decades of experience recruiting senior-level executives and board members across a number of sectors.

Coleman Lew & Associates
In business since 1954, the pros at Coleman Lew Canny Bowen have the experience to find the right people for your organization.