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Why Modern

Research & Intelligence

Deep cross-industry research

Our most significant investment is in our research. At Modern, we have developed deep and diverse primary research capabilities. Our team is uniquely positioned to deliver competitive intelligence on executives, organizational structures and operating models in real-time and in a confidential manner.

We recognize what cross-industry skill sets are most valued in today’s marketplace and can focus on talent that have the transferable skills from outside of our client’s networks. We aim to empower clients with a new perspective that will differentiate them from their competitors and allows Modern to deliver diverse and high-quality candidates from otherwise overlooked geographies. 

Our research team takes a thorough, bottom-up approach to ensure we get under the hood of each organization. Our process reveals those overlooked candidates, “rising stars” and technical experts that traditional firms cannot. The relationships we have with top technology universities and graduate programs allows us to continually track and support future leaders from day one. Long before they inevitably rise high enough to be noticed by traditional search firms that are unable or unwilling to invest the time to identify and develop new talent.


I’ve worked with so many search firms over the years and Mark & his team’s approach is one that stands apart as differentiated in terms of breadth, depth and quality of the research. The process itself is also unique and provides high quality intelligence upfront that supports the optimization of the organizations thinking and design before moving into the talent agenda. They consistently deliver an exceptional experience to both the candidates and clients and their engaged approach has enabled me to successfully hire unique talent.

Monique Herena, Chief Colleague Experience Officer, American Express

Integrated intelligence

Organizational and strategic intelligence is integrated into all of Modern’s executive search and talent offerings. We deliver the results of a strategic advisory organization all in one executive search firm. Our clients gain profound advantages over those firms that only focus on talent. We help our clients analyze competitor strategies, structures and operating models, evolve their current landscape, and embed “roles of tomorrow.” We then bring in the dynamic and diverse talent to match. For more comprehensive intelligence products, Modern proudly offers a full suite of advisory solutions.