Our industry focus is broad, yet deep, as we derive benefit from insight developed through years of experience. Specialty areas of practice include:

CEO/Board Services


Empire has fulfilled a wide range of CEO and board-level engagements with a clear understanding of the inherent pitfalls in assembling an effective and knowledgeable senior leadership team. CEO searches are performed directly by teams of our most seasoned consultants and partners.

Empire’s closure rate on these engagements ranks us at the top of the core industries we serve. We search for superior board members who bring significant business opportunity to the boards on which they serve.

This synergy effectively addresses the pressure of added scrutiny by investors, regulators and the general public during challenging economic crises. The inherent ability of new directors to help strength or grow the enterprise frames the focus of Empire’s process.


Precious Metals

Empire is the sole retained executive search/leadership solution member of The International Precious Metals Institute. For multiple generations we have been successfully executing retained searches globally in every aspect of the precious metals industry from mining, refining, and finance to trading and fabrication.


The combination of state-of-the-art executive search technology tools coupled with a consistently updated worldwide contact network give Empire a lasting advantage in this marketplace. 

Advanced Materials/Ceramics/Chemicals


Beginning over thirty years ago with engagements in the ceramic materials industry, Empire’s current practice continues to include those products as well as advanced materials and composite materials manufacturers, processors and traders.

Empire has provided key leadership solutions to a global client base; these solutions have supported rapid transformations within these companies as they mobilize to address rapidly changing technological and market conditions.


Electronics/Electronic Materials


Empire has enjoyed a more than thirty year record of consistent successes on both domestic and international engagements for electronics and electronic materials clients.

With the meteoric growth of these industries in applications ranging from cutting –edge consumer products to alternative energy sources, Empire’s ability to contribute to both innovative scientific/research/development efforts and senior business management teams has brought significant advantages to clients in these fields.


Medical Device Manufacturing


As the manufacture of industrial products, automotive components and consumer electronics has moved off-shore, Empire has assisted clients with developing new specialties in the growing medical device manufacturing industry. Leadership teams developed by Empire have taken their expertise in precision engineering, specialty metals, and plastic insert/injection molding and retooled to make both entire devices or exceedingly precise components.

Many attain ISO 13485 certification, which enables their devices to be implanted into the human body. The ability to fully embrace technological innovation and changing demographic/market profiles through the application of Empire’s human capital development services has enabled our clients to expand their market share with improved financial results.


Aerospace/Defense Technology


For over three decades, Empire has made mission-critical contributions to the Aerospace / Defense leadership teams for numerous international organizations.

This practice has grown based on heightened global security and terrorism challenges.

The Top Secret security clearances of key consultants have added to our on-going contributions to industry leaders.




Empire’s satellite location in the heart of suburban Philadelphia’s pharmaceutical/biotechnology corridor, coupled with our strategic global resources has brought substantial growth in this practice.

Consolidation among major industry players has brought new opportunity for Empire to address the growing needs of start-up ventures in biotechnology; our leadership solutions put Empire at the forefront of these organizations’ executive team building efforts. Growth and innovation within these firms is widely expected to drive significant industry advances.