about

CNBC calls her “The Recruiter”
BusinessWeek named her one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters”
Newsweek appointed her to its Women & Leadership Advisory Board


Kim Bishop is the Founder and CEO of Kimberly Bishop Executive Search. Kim has worked with companies ranging from start-ups to some of the largest multinational corporations. Clients say her down-to-earth manner, reputation for identifying star talent and proven track record make her their go-to recruiter for board director recruiting and key executive hiring projects.


Kim’s edge: she has been on both sides of the recruiting process as a hiring executive and major search firm managing director. Before entering the search industry, Kim was Executive Vice President at First Data Corporation, rising through the ranks from an entry-level call center position to become the youngest person to serve on the company’s Leadership Team where overseeing its $2 billion card division and 8,000 employees. Her career transition to search began as Managing Director with Korn/Ferry International followed by Vice Chair of a national executive search firm. In 2009 she left to found Kim Bishop Executive Search.

Kim’s favorite moments are when interviewing a candidate and “it clicks” that this could be the hire, followed by the client agreeing and making an offer. Many of Kim’s placements come from the first list of recommendations on a project, and often clients hire more than one of the recommended candidates.


A sought-after speaker, Kim has lectured at Harvard, Columbia and Barnard College and has addressed The Conference Board, Young President’s Organization (YPO), Kennedy Information Conference, Women for Hire and Women’s President Organization (WPO). She is the author of “Get Down to Business and You’ll Get the Job” and her YouTube videos about job search techniques have been viewed well over 100,000 times.


Kim is also a frequent media source and appears regularly on CNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, NPR, Fox Business, WNBC, Lifetime Television, and NY1 News. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, Crains, Money, Fast Company, ForbesWoman, and MSNBC.com.


Kim is a Board Director of Judlau Contracting, Inc., a large New York based heavy construction firm and a Board Director of Bellevue University. She is a former director of several boards including Wells Fargo Merchant Services, the FDNY Foundation, the American Bankers Association of Management, and Harvard University’s Leadership Board at the Kennedy School of Government.


Kim has received the Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award and was a recipient of the New York Women’s Agenda STAR Award for her contributions to women and children. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and The Committee of 200.


She received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications and a Master of Arts in Leadership, both from Bellevue University.