Coleman Lew and Canny, Bowen Join Forces

Two well-regarded retained executive search firms are now aligned to form one powerful team. Coleman Lew Canny Bowen combines the talents of Charlotte-based Coleman Lew + Associates and New York-based Canny, Bowen. The team, which dates back to Canny, Bowen’s founding in 1954, will maintain offices in Charlotte and New York. Charlotte-based Shana Plott is the chief executive officer of the combined group. Plott became Coleman Lew’s first female CEO in 2016.

“Our two firms are entirely compatible, yet we each have different strengths,” Plott said. “We have known Greg Gabel, Canny, Bowen’s president, and his team for years and have, on occasion, even competed against them. Coleman Lew has clients across the globe and sources candidates internationally, so having a New York presence with an incredibly capable New York-based team made a lot of sense.”

“Both firms are committed to remaining generalists,” Plott continued, “and will continue to work across a wide array of industry sectors including industrial, consumer, education, technology, financial services, healthcare, nonprofit, government, and professional services.” The firm recruits CEOs, presidents, CFOs, COOs, CMOs, board members, executive directors, and other key leadership positions.

Coleman Lew Canny Bowen’s Charlotte office is located in the heart of SouthPark at 6101 Carnegie Boulevard. Coleman Lew Canny Bowen’s New York office is located at 845 Third Avenue.