About Bowdoin

From humble beginnings to one of the top executive search firms in Boston

Since those early days, our business has grown substantially. That success is rooted in a deep understanding of clients’ businesses and ecosystems, trusted relationships, and relentlessly delivering exceptional service.

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Our Story

Dave Melville, our Founder & CEO, started the company in 1994 in a windowless, one-room office with a vision to change the way search had always been done. Dave named the company after his alma mater, Bowdoin College—a name that represented quality and value. He was (and is) steadfast about delivering exceptional service to clients and candidates alike, and that mantra remains at the core of what we do every day. In fact, Dave’s passion has become our ethos—with Bowdoin, you can “expect more.”

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Our Vision

Pairing c-suite leaders with industry disruptors and businesses capable of affecting meaningful change.

Our vision is to be the leader in building high-growth organizations that will change people’s lives globally through healthcare, life sciences, and technology.

We’re proud of our growth, especially because we’ve achieved it by partnering with clients to fuel theirs.  We’ve recently expanded to the West Coast, brought on some exceptional new talent, made key promotions to fuel growth efforts, and were named one of the BBJ’s largest executive search firms in Massachusetts.

Our Mission

Delivering the most qualified candidates in a simplified talent acquisition process.

Our Clients

Meet Our Team

Our team is your team. Whether you’re a client, a candidate, or our newest employee, our passion for excellence will provide a customized and personalized experience. We’re industry experts, innovative minds, and trusted partners in your growth, and with our leadership at the helm, your goals become a reality faster than you think.

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