Darlington Partners is a premier executive search firm with decades of experience serving Agribusiness, Consumer, Financial, Non Profit, and Technology clients. Since our founding thirty years ago, our team has completed hundreds of searches and served over 150 clients Nationwide through our Chicago, Denver, and New York offices.

Our founder Rick Darlington, Chief Operations Officer Linda Brown, and Executive Vice President Howard Gross direct an experienced team of recruiters, associates, and staff that many consider to be "best in class" in the executive recruiting business.

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  • Agribusiness Insurance
  • Cooperative Financial Services
  • Agricultural Processing
  • Farm Cooperative Leadership
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    Banking & Services

  • Retail & Community Banking
  • Commercial & Credit Card Banking
  • Private Banking & Wealth Management
  • Fintech & Payment Solutions

Life Raft


  • Life
  • Health
  • Property & Casualty
  • Specialty
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    Investment & Retirement

  • Investment Management
  • Retirement Solutions
  • Pension Management
  • Wealth Management


We have successfully served a wide variety of Agribusinesses and Food Processors. Clients served include Agribusiness Insurers, Farm Cooperatives, Food Processors, and Financial Services Providers throughout the Midwestern and Western states.

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • President
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • General Counsel
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Chief Compliance Officer

Banking & Services

We have been recruiting partners with a wide array of Banks, Wealth Managers, and Financial Service Companies throughout the past twenty eight years. Our founder was an elected officer of The Northern Trust Company and several of our team have deep banking recruiting experience.

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Credit Officer
  • Chief Lending Officer
  • Chief Information Officer

We have successfully served national, regional, and local clients and have recruited senior Banking & Services leaders as well as conducted critical project recruiting:

  • Project Management Office (PMO) leader and reports
  • Total Quality Vice President and team
  • Enterprise Risk Leader and direct reports
  • Partnership Marketing Leader and regional leaders


We have successfully served a broad variety of insurance company ownership and governance structures including public, private, mutual, CO-OP, and hybrid. Our work transcends insurance industry sectors with key leadership recruiting conducted for all functional areas. Representative leadership assignments conducted include:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • President
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer
  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • Chief Marketing & Sales Officer

Investment & Retirement

Our Investment & Retirement practice serves a wide variety of Investment Managers, Fund Companies, Broker-Dealers, Advisors, Banks and Insurance Companies

We have conducted key assignments for Institutional and Independent managers of all sizes and varieties. Our team members have corporate and search experience sourcing, attracting, and recruiting investment and retirement professionals to firms domiciled in all geographies. Representative leadership assignments conducted include:

  • President/CEO Broker-Dealer
  • Chief Investment Risk Officer
  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • CFO Strategic Investments
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • General Manager Retirement Solutions
  • Chief Benefits Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer

Contact Us

Richard J. Darlington

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

(312) 933-3555

Linda M. Brown

President & Chief Operating Officer

(847) 924-3084