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.


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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)

NAREIM: DEI 2.0 – A Roadmap for Lasting Change

In this NAREIM article authored by Dionna Johnson Sallis of Ferguson Partners, the focus is on maximizing the impact of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts. Sallis emphasizes the need for evolution in DEI programs, suggesting a shift in focus to five crucial elements in the second chapter of DEI initiatives. These elements include intersectionality,…

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Global Quarterly | November 2023

We are pleased to share the latest issue of Ferguson Partners’ Global Quarterly newsletter, highlighting key transactions, people moves and industry trends impacting the global real assets industries across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. During the third quarter of 2023, we have observed a continued global economic recovery slowing amid volatility. Geopolitical headwinds persist…

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Citywire Selector: Bonuses Under Pressure in Tough Market for Private Assets Firms

In Citywire Selector’s article Bonuses Under Pressure in Tough Market for Private Assets Firms, Charlie Apfelbach shares perspectives from Preqin’s 2024 Private Capital Compensation and Employment Review. From the article: ‘There is a growing concern that currently unfavourable market conditions will negatively impact the value of outstanding carried interest awards,’ said Charlie Apfelbach, director, compensation…

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Real Estate Alert: Pension Pledges Nose-Dive in 3rd Quarter

Reprinted from Green Street’s Real Estate Alert: Download a PDF of this article. U.S. public pension pledges to commercial real estate vehicles are down 48% through the first nine months of the year, dropping to a six-year low. Commitments totaled just $26.63 billion, down from $51.18 billion in the same period a year ago and…

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Bill Ferguson to Lead Ferguson Partners as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer as Gemma Burgess Assumes Vice Chairman Role – Firm Commences New Leadership Search

CHICAGO – October 16, 2023 –Ferguson Partners, the leading global talent management and strategic advisory firm for the real assets, hospitality, and health care real estate industries, announced today that Bill Ferguson, who co-founded the firm with Michael Herzberg in 1989, now leads the firm as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Ferguson, Herzberg and the…

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NAREIT with Dionna Johnson Sallis: Creating Effective DEI Strategy Starts with Clear Understanding of Purpose: Ferguson Partners

Dionna Johnson Sallis recently participated in a video interview at Nareit’s REITworks: 2023 Conference in Las Vegas. As the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Ferguson Partners, she emphasized the importance of setting DEI goals with intentionality and starting with a clear understanding of “why.” Sallis also highlighted the necessity of addressing data, even…

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