Global in Reach. Boutique by Design.

As a talent management boutique with global reach, we go the extra distance with our expertise and experience to bring you tailored strategies that stand the test of time. Independent and employee-owned, we bring great pride, care, and passion to every engagement. 

With a strong concentration of real estate and real assets clients and deep expertise in hospitality and healthcare services, we are able to access talent from both inside and outside a variety of industries. Our approach has enabled us to recruit strong, diverse talent into the industries and asset classes we both love and serve. 

We orchestrate the essential disciplines impacting human capital - Executive and Board Search, Compensation Consulting, Leadership Consulting, and Management Consulting - to deliver trustworthy solutions that help you capitalize on the advantages of great leadership. Our attentive and closely connected team collaborates across continents to help clients drive value with confidence. Hear from our clients.


years in business


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Executive/Board Search

We are able to identify and recruit individuals who will be successful over the long term.

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Leadership Consulting

We offer services including CEO and executive succession, coaching, and leadership assessment.

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Compensation Consulting

We go far beyond the data to deliver optimal solutions to our private and public clients.

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Management Consulting

We help companies develop strategies and organizations to drive success.

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We have worked with Ferguson Partners in the US, Europe and Asia and across their different business units of Executive Search; Compensation Consulting; Leadership Consulting; and Management Consulting. Their global focus on human capital in Real Assets is second to none and, importantly, they are able to deliver this global network to us in a joined-up way.

Sophie van Oosterom
former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer EMEA

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As a newly minted spin-off, our challenge was to support leaders that were elevated into new roles and develop a culture that was separate and distinct from our legacy organization.  The Ferguson Partners team brought a complete solution of strategic human capital advice, practical application frameworks, and executive coaching that enabled us to define our culture, communicate it to our employees and implement tangible actions and measures to reinforce it.

Raymond J. Lewis
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Treehouse Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.

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Ferguson Partners has been a valued and trusted partner to AvalonBay for over 20 years. During that time we’ve relied on them time and again for many of the services they offer including executive recruiting, compensation, training and coaching. The depth and breadth of their expertise in the real estate industry, along with their commitment to their clients, set them apart. Bill and his team are truly exceptional.

Timothy J. Naughton
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

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LaSalle Investment Management has a long and deep relationship with Ferguson Partners spanning over 20 years and all regions of the world. We particularly value their focus and deep knowledge of the real estate sector. We also believe the integrated combination of search, compensation consulting, benchmarking and strategic consulting expertise provides Ferguson Partners with an unparalleled level of insight into our industry.

Jeff Jacobson
former Global Chief Executive Officer
LaSalle Investment Management, Inc. (HQ)

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  From CoStar News: By Tony Wilbert While attending high school about 40 miles northwest of London, Gemma Burgess‘ dream job would have been serving as a BBC News presenter or some other type of journalist. Instead, she ended up in the executive search business with a major focus on helping commercial property firms find talent….

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From Commercial Observer: Gemma Burgess, who has placed a number of women and minorities in key commercial real estate roles, assumed an expanded role as CEO of Ferguson Partners on June 1 after nearly 15 years at the talent management firm. She replaced Bill Ferguson, who co-founded the company with Michael Herzberg in 1989 and…

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Nareit’s REIT Report Podcast with Gemma Burgess: Human Capital Strategies Key as Real Estate Industry Faces Skills Gap

  Ferguson Partners’ Gemma Burgess recently joined Nareit’s REIT Report Podcast to discuss human capital issues in real estate firms today. Nareit’s REIT Report Podcast: Human Capital Strategies Key as Real Estate Industry Faces Skills Gap A skills gap within the real estate industry means that to attract talent, firms must adopt human capital strategies…

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Urban Land Interview: Gemma Burgess on the Shifting Mindset of Employees

  From Urban Land Magazine: As the pandemic appears to subside and many tenants are formulating plans to return to the office, Gemma Burgess, the incoming CEO of Ferguson Partners, a global executive search firm focused on the real assets industries, was in high demand as a speaker during ULI’s Spring Meeting in San Diego…

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