John Keister & Associates

Executive Search for Engineering

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STEM Executive Search

In addition to our library practice, we conduct executive searches focused on leadership and individual contributor roles within all areas of:
  • Engineering and Innovation
  • Science and Technology
  • Mathematics and Statistics
We have a particular fondness for the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) because of our educational and early professional work experiences.

Prior to embarking on a career in Executive Search, John worked as a mechanical engineer in the automotive and aerospace industries. He remains active in the technical community and has been an invited speaker at meetings and other events.

Beth worked in a variety of technical roles, taught university level mathematics and consulted with educational publishers. (To this day, she has an annoying/delightful tendency to promote mathematics as a way of life.) Our career experience working in engineering and analytical roles gives us a unique understanding of technology, its application, how to assess candidates, and the challenges faced by hiring managers.

Below are comments that we have received acknowledging our work.

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"I have worked extensively with John in the past to conduct hiring searches and to gather information about the state of the process, quality, and metrics communities in the software industry. I have found John to be easy to work with, knowledgeable, and professional in multiple searches over many years...

“John has always shown the utmost integrity in working with me, keeping our job requirements and needs confidential, and also working with his clients to protect their information and career opportunities...

“I can recommend John without reservation."


— Director of Process and Quality Excellence, Fortune 100 Global Communications Leader
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"John sourced engineering professionals for me when I was Vice President of Research and Development.

“I cannot overemphasize how delighted I was with the service John provided for me. He was able to find and recruit some of the very best software engineering process improvement professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Moreover he did this at a time when all software professionals were in very short supply, and finding and recruiting top talent was almost impossible...

“It is both an honor and a privilege to give John my highest unequivocal endorsement.”


— Vice President of Research and Development, Global Provider of Data Networking Solutions
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"I first met John when I was in need of a highly skilled and professional personnel recruiter. At that time, I was the Director of Process and Product Quality.

“To be quite frank, I had had some less than enjoyable experiences with professional recruiters in my career and was not looking forward to dealing with another one. However, after meeting with John, I was very impressed with his professional demeanor and overall approach to his job... I found his integrity to be without question and his tactics to be ethical and above reproach. John was always able to exceed our expectations and the quality of his service was simply outstanding.

“I would highly recommend John for any position where professionalism, pride of workmanship, and integrity are required."


— Director Corporate Quality, Process Improvement, Medical Technology Company
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