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Executive Search and Coaching

A Powerful Combination

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Rob Tillman is an experienced executive recruiter and leadership coach, having served with three of the world’s largest executive search firms and led two of the country’s leading boutiques.


Prior to launching TillmanPartners in 2019, Rob spent 17 years building one of the country’s leading executive search boutiques as the Founder and CEO of TillmanCarlson.


Based in Chicago, Rob specialized in recruiting CFOs and CIOs, and he and his team completed over 400 searches while achieving a 95% completion rate and a 98% stick rate.


Rob also helped build and sell the country’s top CFO search boutique as the Managing Partner of Crist Partners, and he began his career at Russell Reynolds Associates in Chicago.

​​In 2020, Rob joined DHR International as a Managing Partner where he currently leads the firm’s Global Financial Officer Practice, and plays a key leadership role in the Private Equity and Advanced Technology markets.                           
Prior to joining DHR, Rob launched TillmanPartners to deliver recruiting and coaching services, and he continues to provide executive coaching through DHR’s Elevate Partners.  


“The combination of DHR’s entrepreneurial spirit and top-flight resources creates the ideal platform to do more for my clients and deliver unlimited access in the CFO, CIO, and Private Equity markets.”

“Having established a reputation for quality and a track record of delivering outstanding results, I’m completely focused on the market and fully committed to doing my very best work.”

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Rob Tillman is one of the few consultants in the country with extensive experience as an executive recruiter combined with certification and expertise as an executive coach.

Rob complements his successful track record as an executive recruiter with a practical approach to integrate assessment and coaching in every search.


This innovative approach incorporates a wide range of assessment tools and methodologies to assist newly hired leaders to develop and implement a “First 100 Days” onboarding plan.


With expertise as a recruiter and coach, Rob assists clients in acquiring, developing, and retaining top talent, and he partners with leaders to support them in charting the course in their careers.

“Recognizing effective onboarding is a key element of performance for every new leader, I provide continuity and support through the first six months dramatically improving the likelihood of success and impact in the new role.”

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