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Tower Consultants is well positioned to rapidly identify financially astute strategic HR leaders to meet the heightened expectations of today’s Boards of Directors.  

Tower Consultants celebrates its success in the total rewards / executive compensation function of Human Resources, having placed these business partners and watched many as they develop into CHROs.

Our client list has been built entirely through continuous relationship building and referrals. We pride ourselves on submitting a diverse candidate slate.  

We believe in developing long-term relationships, which will help build and strengthen the leadership teams of our clients.  It is in fact the basis of our repeat client business.

Working from two U.S. offices with an extensive national network and conference/ association presence, we have a proven ability to effectively target those individuals a client seeks, in a focused and localized search effort.

Thank you for your consideration of

Tower Consultants, Ltd. as your search partner.

We search for unique, hard to  find Human Resources talent  with the critical skills your  organization is seeking.

Gregg Passin

Senior Partner, North America Executive Rewards Practice Leader

Mercer, Inc.

“Tower Consultants is one of the pre-eminent search firms in the HR space and Donna Friedman is an invaluable partner for Mercer’s Talent Business.  Donna’s understanding of the Executive Rewards industry and insights into its leading practitioners has proved invaluable to Mercer as we have grown our Executive Rewards practice in North America.

Cecilia McKenney

Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer

Frontier Communications

"I have worked with Donna and her organization for many years. Most recently, we closed a CHRO position with Tower Consultants. They have a deep, strong network, move with alacrity, and have a commitment to land the candidate who is the right cultural fit. We have all had unfulfilled searches, but not with Donna. And she is great to work with. Feel free to reach out to me as a reference.” 

Barbara Vietor

Vice President, Global Total Rewards

Integra LifeSciences

“Many thanks to you, Claudia, and the Tower team for your persistence to keep looking, and for ultimately providing a strong slate of candidates and a great hire!”

Scott White
Vice President Total Rewards & Shared Services
Panera Bread

"I’ve worked with Donna at Tower closely over the years and was very pleased that this opportunity worked out at Panera.  They have a great reputation in the total rewards field and relationships with most of the key compensation leaders in the country."

Kathleen Weslock

Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

Frontier Communications

"I've worked with Tower Consultants for many years - as a client and also as a referral for talent. Donna and team recently placed me at Frontier Communications as the EVP, Chief People Officer and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. From a client perspective, they learned the organization very quickly and represented both the client and potential candidates equally well. They worked hard during the process to make sure it was a success for both parties. I'd work with Donna and team again in a heartbeat."

Jack Connell


Mercer, Inc.

“I recently interviewed for, was recruited by, and was accepted as a Partner in the Executive Compensation Group at Mercer Management Consulting in the Boston office. Donna, through her vast network, knew of my job search and contacted me and it was of immediate interest by myself and Mercer. Interviews were arranged quickly with very senior talent here at Mercer, as I had several other strong possibilities and was headed out on vacation, which was greatly appreciated. Donna's assistant Cat was fabulous, getting back to me immediately, making things happen, and especially managing the process during my vacation, as I had already secured a verbal offer before departing, but needed to get things final while away in order to start. She was even communicating with me while I was 35,000 feet in the air, calming my nerves that this was going to get closed. Well, I started this past Tuesday and want to wholeheartedly thank Donna and her exceptional team. As a former HR Executive who has used many top search firms from the large national firms to the smaller boutiques, I would recommend Tower Consultants to anyone looking to close a large important search quickly.”

Robert Schwartz
Executive Vice President

"I have known Donna and the work of Tower Consultants for over 10 years.  In 2007, I had the need and opportunity to hire her to fill a strategically important role for the head of Compensation and Benefits at Yale University.

The partnership (and it felt like a partnership from the first phone call) was outstanding.  She worked hard to get to know not only the technical spec for the position, but the work style and cultural attributes that would make a candidate successful.  Candidates were presented in the agreed upon timeframe and while each were strong, two finalist easily emerged.  A top quality, high potential hire was made and the individual’s performance has been first rate.  

Both the process and the results were great.  I would not hesitate to use Donna and Tower Consultants for future searches."   

George B. Paulin
Chief Executive Officer
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.

"Our strategy has been to find smart people who want to work hard, and to reward them well for their efforts.  You have been very valuable in finding those people for us and getting across that message.  We are grateful."

David E. Scherb
(Deceased) Vice President, Compensation & Benefits
PepsiCo, Inc.

"Tower Consultants has been helping me staff my department for 18 years, and like all good relationships, it has been mutually beneficial.  Although I'm not an easy client, Tower has continued to exceed my expectations.  Over the years, I have worked closely with the entire Tower team, using them on dozens of Compensation and Benefit searches, both domestic and international.

Today the Partners at Tower are at the top of their game.  They listen to their clients, offer insights about the market where called for, and then do what they do best--find and present outstanding candidates.  That means candidates that are the best qualified technically, and by experience.  However, Tower also goes the extra mile to ensure a cultural fit.  The Partners make a focus on diversity part of their standard operating procedure, and they make sure a resume doesn't make it to my desk unless it's a solid match.  That really improves the candidate's chance for success, and it saves me valuable time!

I think Tower's success really does stem from the long term relationships each partner has excelled in cultivating over the years.  It sets them apart.  It also positively influences their decision-making.  Tower has a vested interest in a career match, not just selling a candidate.  They want candidates succeeding and clients coming back.  As a result, they have very high standards.  For example, Tower demands their candidates have the utmost integrity or the Partners won't present them, no matter how well qualified the candidate is in other respects.  Today, we need our consultants to have that kind of mindset.  These are some of the reasons why I have never regretted recommending the Tower team to HR associates at Pepsi, and to my professional peer group.

Over our long relationship Tower has delivered, and has become a welcome part of PepsiCo's extended family.  They never treat us as just another client, and in addition to being professional, they are all just genuinely nice people."

Ram Kumar Sreekantan
Vice President Human Resources, Talent Management & Global Initiatives
Amadeus North America Inc.

"Congratulations on the 25th anniversary and wishing you continued success for another 100 more!  As you both well know, sustained success for 25 years is a testimony to the client service that both of you and your team provides.  Will be cheering you on to the next 25!"

Dave Pace

Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Formerly Bloomin Brands

"I couldn't be happier with our new VP Total Rewards.  He is a perfect (and I don't say that lightly) fit for OSI.  He is smart, productive and people love working with him.

I just met our Compensation Manager about a week ago, and I am equally excited about him.  Seems like another very good hire.

Thanks for all you did to help me build the foundations of a world-class compensation team...and thanks for checking in to make sure all is well.  It is much appreciated."

 Peter Perez
(Retired) Senior Vice President Human Resources
ConAgra Foods, Inc.


"Tower sets a high bar for talent, is aggressive and driven to get good candidates.  Tower's team has and will continue to help us build our HR function at a time when we badly need the help.  I appreciate the partnership as well, thanks for doing business the way you do!"

Pablo Brizi
Senior Vice President and CHRO
Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

"I have worked very close with Donna and her Tower Consultants team as a executive candidate and as a customer for the last 10 years. Both experiences have been great. I highly recommend her and her team for your HR talent needs if you are looking for great customer service and even better results."

David Kasiarz
Senior Vice President, Global Compensation & Benefits
American Express Company

"I have worked with Donna Friedman and Tower Consultants consistently for over 15 years (PepsiCo, Pepsi Bottling Group).  They have provided me with many qualified candidates over the years, often finding a needle in a haystack.  They differentiate themselves by going well beyond expectations, and help shape our thinking.

The Tower team frequently works with us to ensure we have structured the candidate's assignment to maximize our return, but also to continue their development.  Tower also excels at working with the family in any relocation, and they have often proved helpful in their follow-up with us and their placement.

Tower's knowledge of the candidate pool(s) is excellent and they are well networked, which helps shorten the search process.  Always important...

I consider Tower a solid business partner, and one that has resulted in many long-term and successful placements."

Gwen White
Senior Director of Recruiting
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

"Donna and the entire team have been responsive with a sense of urgency, but are not pushy.  They acted like part of our team rather than a group just trying to close a deal.  You've listened to our needs and delivered relevant candidates.  It helps that Donna has a great sense of humor and lets me vent.  I get counseling and candidates!"

Barry Melnkovic
Chief Human Capital Officer

"Amtrak faced unique circumstances that other highly regarded executive search recruiters and companies believed were challenges they could not meet.  Not Chris Rose and not Tower Consultants.  Chris attacked our needs by thoroughly understanding our strategy, national mission, business values, and fit criteria.  Plus, she is just fun to work with.  She successfully placed two senior Human Capital leaders that are making an immediate difference to our bottom line and our people.  Market feedback was that Chris proved a great ambassador for our company as well and she kept me informed every step of the way.”

Reese Bacon

Senior Director


"I’ve known Donna and members of the Tower Consultants’ team for the past 20+ years. They placed me in a position that ultimately led to a series of opportunities and a most rewarding career. Donna and her team have never just conducted the search, placed the candidate, and moved on to the next opportunity.

Donna develops long-term relationships and actually cares about the individual’s career and what development opportunities will lead them to fulfilling their ultimate career goals.

Tower Consultants’ network is far-reaching, extensive, and expertise in identifying the exact talent to fit the clients’ specific need is very deep.


Donna is tenacious in asking all the appropriate questions of the client to really understand their needs, even those about which they may not be aware.  She also thoroughly investigates the potential candidate to ensure that the fit is right and that it will last. 


Unlike many other search professionals, Tower Consultants maintains and tracks their placements with the objective of always ensuring value for the client, as well as validating that it was the right move, at the right time, and the right development opportunity for the candidate.  And of course, all her candidates return to Tower Consultants when they are in need of talent, because they know how much value they bring and are guaranteed good work.

Donna is and will always remain on top of my speed text when there is a need for the most challenging talent, and when other colleagues or contacts ask for a recommendation on who is the very best to help them with their talent acquisition needs, I recommend Tower Consultants, Ltd."

Marty Solhaug
Sunny Hill Investment Company LLC, Formerly Ameriprise Financial

"I was recently a candidate in one of their searches.  They did an incredible job in managing the overall process.  Examples: the very thorough job specification, their questionnaire to gather candidate information, the way they keep candidates informed and prepared, and the career development advice from their experienced staff.  This was one of the best candidate experiences I have ever had!  They have also built up an impressive network of connections in HR, unmatched by other firms.”  



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