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Thomas K. Johnston
Senior Advisor
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Professional Profile

Tom has a unique background in the search industry. Since 1988, his career has spanned many industries and functions, but his primary focus has been helping executive search firms find talent ranging from Associates to Global Managing Partners.

He is a hands-on executive committed to the relentless pursuit of exceptional industry-specific talent. Tom’s leadership and vision have provided emerging concepts to global leading companies with insightful consultation and broad perspective regarding business and competitive challenges that influence human capital selection.

Tom is an astute judge of talent and character, and this is the foundation for his track record of continuously exceeding client expectations. He supports accurate judgement with comprehensive evaluations based on his vast experience. His thorough attention to each placement ensures that his clients will hire the right candidate. Further, his client-centric practice of consistent and candid communication with both clients and candidates allows him to successfully complete many senior-level searches, including Partners, CEOs, CFOs, Vice Presidents, and Directors. In addition, his team has successfully completed multiple-opening projects requiring the recruitment of up to 300 people in less than nine months.

Previous Experience

As the founder and franchisor of SearchPath, Tom has led and supported over 40 franchisees in over 40 industry segments in identifying and satisfying the talent acquisition needs for thousands of clients. Prior to entering the executive search profession, Tom was the Director of Interim Executive Staffing for Management Recruiters International (MRI). He introduced interim staffing to MRI, which generated $40 million dollars in revenue in less than three years. Tom was a member of the management team that transitioned MRI into a full-service human resource solutions organization. He was also responsible for creating and launching WorldBridge Partners, a unique partnership within the MRI network. In addition, Tom served as the Chairman of the Strategic Committee of MRI's National Project Next Step Council.

Prior to MRI, Tom was a senior executive with United Parcel Service and Roadway Services. As a senior manager with Reliance Consulting Group, he consulted with the staffing industry helping firms expand their client service offerings.


Tom earned his BA in Management Science at St. Bonaventure University.

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