Joseph Frohlinger


The executive search & consulting practice focuses on assignments in digital, consumer services, advertising, media & professional services. Joe has conducted numerous assignments for general management positions as well as senior managers in charge of most functional areas.

He is often called upon to do senior level, high impact recruitment in industries challenged by disruption. Major searches in the advertising and marketing services industry (Momentum and Octagon CEO searches plus WPP Group’s Kantar unit), President/COO of Levi Strauss & Company, E-Commerce (WebMD General Manager) & Internet Advertising Bureau CEO. Plus, senior leadership roles for Verizon/AOL include VP Marketing, VP Creative Services plus global assignments for M&M Mars and others.

We share a focus on great talent that can elevate businesses forward. We understand the impact and importance of cultural fit and commercial needs. Our passion for your success is based on integrity and excitement to re-inventing the executive search process. We’re obsessive about delivering unique impressions to everyone and always deliver a deep process through which our clients talk to the best people and have the best chance of success via hiring. Clients and candidates are guaranteed rich conversations which lead to superb results and positive matches. If you are a client we are an extension of your business in our nuanced approach. We typically spend a high degree of time with a smaller number of clients so we target our efforts and energy delivering the highest quality and most successful executives. We drill deeply into the best target candidates from the best companies, we listen well and craft unique strategies to rapidly close.

Joe is nationally recognized for resolving the most sensitive, critical and confidential client situations. Accordingly, his practices, as developed over the last 25 years, can best be described as “at the value creation level” for publicly companies, VC firms and private equity firms. Previously, Mr. Frohlinger was a Senior Partner at Norman Broadbent International, a leading global executive search and board of directors’ consultancy and Bialla & Associates. He has authored numerous articles on leadership and corporate governance.

Frohlinger served as Editor and Publisher of Frohlinger’s Marketing Report in the 1980s-through 1999. He has been an award-winning journalist, frequently quoted in business magazines and national media, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Frohlinger is recognized for his advertising and marketing insights. His career in journalism started at United Press International as a sportswriter (his love of the New York Rangers has not diminished) and music writer/editor. At one point, he had over 7,000 LPs and remains a huge music aficionado (Allen Toussaint/Rolling Stones, The Band favs) and can often be seen in New Orleans at Jazzfest. Married with two children, Matthew and Jonathan.