Federal Search Practice

Need to find elite talent to help you enter or expand your presence in the federal market? Benchmark’s partners can provide their expert guidance and insight.

flagSpending across the US Defense and National Security markets in growth sectors such as information technology, C2/C4ISR, cyberwarfare, UAV, homeland security, soldier modernization, military communications and equipment, and simulation and virtual training, is in the hundreds of billions. Investment in these sectors is driving significant opportunities for startup, emerging-growth and mid-cap companies with innovative technologies and services that support the federal mission. Unfortunately, many of these companies lack proven executive leadership with government know-how and relationships to expand market share, maximize growth and increase shareholder value. Attracting the best executive leaders is paramount to taking full advantage of business opportunities and building market-leading companies.

Benchmark’s expertise in the federal market and trusted connections in the tight-knit government community give clients a powerful advantage in recruiting elite talent aligned with the unique requirements of the position and corporate culture.

Proven. Benchmark’s partners have over seventy years of CxO, VP, GM and board level executive search experience working with federally-focused companies providing technology (hardware, software, infrastructure and web), cybersecurity, systems engineering and scientific products and services. We’ve led hundreds of successful searches. Our knowledge of the federal market, excellence in execution, database and extensive network of industry and government executives make us a firm that clients trust with their most sensitive, mission-critical searches..

Committed. As a boutique firm we are committed to fewer searches per partner which we believe is essential to achieving extraordinary results for our clients. We develop more intimate and collaborative relationships to gain a deeper understanding of each client’s business, talent needs and ensure candidates presented are the very best fits. Large, traditional firms driven by quarterly revenue pressure and transaction volume goals can’t focus the time and resources needed to acquire the best leadership for each client’s unique needs. In addition, our boutique status means we’re free of non-solicit agreements and have full access to a broader talent pool.

Connected. Benchmark’s knowledge, access, competitive advantage and strategic value in the public sector market are further enhanced by our Federal Advisory Board and Connecting the Community programs. Keeping us connected at the highest levels, our advisory board is comprised of former high level government officials, flag officers and independent board members with deep knowledge and experience in the intelligence, defense, homeland security and civilian sectors of the federal government. Our Connecting the Community programs offer unique networking and knowledge-sharing forums designed to provide direct access between government and game-changing innovative private sector companies.

We find elite employees for:

Government Contractors

  • Board Members
  • Chief Executive Officers and their direct reports (SVP’s and GM’s)

Private-equity Backed Growth Companies

  • Board Members
  • Chief Executive Officers and their direct reports (SVP’s and GM’s)

Venture-capital Backed Growth Companies

  • Board Members
  • VP/GM Public Sector
  • VP Federal

Federal Market


Intelligence Community

  • CIA
  • NSA
  • DIA
  • NRO
  • NGA

Department of Defense

  • Army
  • Navy/Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • DISA


  • Homeland Security
    – TSA
    – Coast Guard
    – FEMA
    – CPB
    – ICE
    – State/local
  • State
  • Treasury
  • HHS
  • DOE

Technology & Services

  • Cyber Security
  • Infosec & Information Assurance
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Web Services /2.0
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud & Grid Computing
  • Storage & Data Center
  • Infrastructure
  • Network, Systems Mgt
  • Wireless and Mobile
  • Satellite
  • Networking
  • Logistics
  • Procurement
  • Financial
  • Open source & SaaS
  • Business Intelligence
  • Knowledge Mgt
  • Geospatial
  • Video Surveillance & Monitoring
  • Biometrics


  • Board Members
  • CXO, i.e. CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO
  • President/General Manager
  • Business Unit VP
  • SVP, Business Dev
    • VP/BD – Intel
    • VP/BD – DoD
    • VP/BD – DHS
    • VP/BD – Civilian
  • VP, Federal Sales
  • VP, Marketing
  • VP, Programs
  • VP, IT
  • VP, Corporate Development
  • VP, Human Resources
  • VP, Talent Acquisition and Retention