Joseph Daniel McCool 

Joe’s global perspective and commitment to drive better results through executive search and succession best practices has helped employers in many industries find the right search partners, improve executive hiring effectiveness, reduce global search spend, improve management diversity, create CEO and ‘C-Suite’ succession plans, and make their Search Committees better prepared and more effective.

He’s been quoted regularly in The Wall Street Journal as well as in The Financial Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Shanghai Daily, CEO Update and The Economist. Joe has also appeared on the BBC World News, CNBC, CBC Radio and CNN Radio, among other global media. BusinessWeek calls him “the authority” on executive recruiters. Fast Company calls him the “guru” on getting the most from executive search. ExecuNet calls him an “expert on management succession.”

Joe has become a trusted advisor to companies, venture capital firms, universities and not-for-profit organizations. His book, Deciding Who Leads, was recognized as one of the best business books of the year by SoundView, getAbstract and Business Book Review. It was also a Foreword Business Book of the year finalist, an 800 CEO Read award nominee, and a strategy + business magazine ‘Human Capital Best Book’ of the year nominee. Joe’s book has been translated in Brazilian-Portuguese under the title Escolhendo Líderes.

He holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership with a certificate in servant leadership from Gonzaga University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Plymouth State College of the University System of New Hampshire. He was twice elected President of the Plymouth State College Alumni Association and received its Alumni Achievement Award in 2001 and its Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2004.

Joe has been a member of The Human Resources Leadership Forum, National Association of Corporate Directors, The Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, and the National Eagle Scout Association.