About AESC

Minimizing risk and maximizing opportunity is critical for every business today. Together with our members, we are dedicated to strengthening leadership worldwide. 

Our Mission

AESC and its members share a deep commitment to the highest quality standards in executive search and leadership consulting—for the benefit of clients, candidates and the profession. Through collaboration and innovative thinking, we deliver the future of global leadership today.


Since 1959, the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) has set the quality standard for the executive search and leadership consulting profession. Its members are the leaders in executive talent and leadership advisory solutions.

Our Values

Our values are the foundation on which AESC Membership is built. Our Professional Practice Standards are aligned with these values:

  • Ethics & Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Objectivity
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Confidentiality

Our Members

AESC Members, ranging in size from large global executive search and leadership consulting firms and networks to regional and boutique firms, represent 16,000+ trusted professionals spanning 1450+ offices in 70+ countries. Members leverage their access and expertise to find, place and develop more than 100,000 executives each year in board and C-level positions for the world’s leading organizations of all types and sizes.

AESC facilitates diverse and innovative thinking in global leadership. World-class executive search and leadership consulting firms join AESC to demonstrate their deep commitment to the quality standard AESC represents and to shape the future of the profession. Business leaders worldwide retain AESC members as trusted advisors to minimize risk and gain competitive advantage in their industries.

AESC Members are there to serve them with best-in-class solutions and service. And AESC is here to serve our members with a best-in-class association.

When working with an executive search or leadership consulting firm, choose an AESC Member.

  • Vetted to rigorous quality standards.

  • Committed to AESC’s stringent Code of Professional Practice.

  • Sharing a deep commitment to their profession, anticipating future trends in global executive talent, for the benefit of their clients.

  • Delivering a range of solutions, from executive search to succession planning, designed for top performing companies in a high-speed, high-stakes world.

  • Helping clients minimize risk by providing confidence, credibility and security.

Work with an AESC Member