Executive Talent Curated for Your Needs

17 yrs Industry Experience | Over 1,000 Candidates Placed | 50+ Companies Served

At Salmela, we recognize that the success of an organization hinges upon its talent. In the dynamic and high-stakes world, the right leader can not only shape the destiny of a company but also determine the difference between success and failure. Welcome to Salmela, where we don’t just fill positions but strategically place talent to fuel your company’s success. We are committed to finding and securing the leaders who will propel your organization towards its full potential and beyond. Let Salmela be your trusted partner in realizing this ultimate vision.

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Why work with Salmela?

What Our Clients Say

“The team members that Salmela has brought us are still with us. We absolutely love working with them, we’ve seen them grow in their roles. They have exceeded our expectations in so many ways. They’re all just quality human beings, genuine & culturally compatible people. I look forward to working with them everyday.”

Katherine   Wiseman

President, HighPoint Experience

Salmela are great partners. I can’t thank them enough for all their help in pulling our healthcare team together in 2022.

Leyland   Streiff

Managing Director

“Klick Health is always seeking world-class talent that fit into our unique culture. Salmela has a way of finding and aligning talent with our vision and needs. After a decade of collaboration, I can speak to their deep network and resourceful way of finding candidates that have thrived and grown with our ambitions.”

Leerom   Segal

CEO, Klick Health

The Salmela Difference

Experience & Expertise

As a boutique executive search and recruitment firm, you are tapping into our extensive network and knowledge of the sectors we serve.

With an Eye on Growth

We’re not just about filling positions, we’re about forging futures.  At Salmela, our focus on growth driving talent has changed the growth trajectory of our clients throughout our 17+ year history.

Bespoke Solutions

Every search has its unique needs and challenges. Tailoring our approach to your search ensures you get a strong match, every time.

End-to-End Consultation

From our initial launch briefing to closing and onboarding, our team stays dedicatedly involved at every stage of the process. This commitment to maintaining momentum in the recruitment process with effective communication at every turn, delivers a perfect placement record.

Global Network

Our web of connections among both emerging and established executives allow us to identify prime candidates through our extensive referral network. Get the best from the best.

Commitment to Diversity

We extend our executive search beyond existing networks to identify a vast range of candidates. This yields a rich selection of leaders representing varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, fostering innovation and driving growth.

Over The Years, We Have Worked With Various Brand Across Multiple Industries & Sectors
Here are some of them:

Industries We Serve

Life Sciences, Digital Health & Healthcare Marketing

Our team specializes in placing professionals in life sciences, digital health, and healthcare marketing roles.

Advertising & PR

We help leading creative, digital, and PR agencies find top-tier talent in strategy, account management, creative, PM/production, and leadership.

Commercial Strategy and Sales

Our recruiters have a proven track record of placing top-tier talent in commercial strategy and sales roles across a variety of industries.

Private Equity & Venture Capital

We work with private equity and venture capital firms to help them find the right talent for their portfolio companies in the life science, services space.

Real Estate / Property Management

We connect you with top talent in real estate and property management, ensuring seamless operations and maximum returns on your investments.

Purpose Driven / Social Change Agency

We understand & support the importance of social change and connect you with passionate professionals who share your vision.

Candidates We Serve

C-Suite Leadership

We help companies find top-level executives and leaders who can drive growth and success.


Our team specializes in finding the most innovative and creative talent in the industry, from copywriters and designers to creative directors.

Digital & Innovation Strategy

We connect companies with digital and innovation strategists who can help them stay ahead of the curve

Functional Leadership

We place functional leaders who are growth oriented and committed to elevating their function in strategy, product, creative, engagement, sales, operations, and research.

Product Development & Management

We help companies find the best product development and management professionals to drive growth and success.


Our team specializes in placing account management professionals in a variety of industries and roles.

Brand Strategy

We help companies find the most talented and creative brand strategists to build and grow their brands.

Production & Project Management

We connect companies with top-tier production and project management professionals to enhance our client's PMO


Our recruiters specialize in placing top-tier talent in programmatic advertising roles across a variety of industries.


Our recruiters specialize in placing top-tier talent in public relations roles across a variety of industries.

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Ciera is a born-and-raised Duluthian who recently graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. When she isn’t designing the Salmela website or sending emails, she doubles as an actress! With over 15 years of acting experience, Ciera brings her creative artistry and understanding of people to her work at Salmela.

Madison is a marketing maven with a mastery of magnificent messaging. She brightens every room with her positive attitude and joins Salmela to explore the digital corners on every search. If you’re having a first conversation with one of us, Madison is probably the reason why!

Ryan is an Emmy-award winning news producer with a strong history in the performing arts. Funny and outgoing, he’ll meet you with a journalist’s curiosity and actor’s joie de vivre.

Meghan brings her previous advertising agency experience to Salmela. She is a natural-born conversationalist and delights in every interaction with candidates and clients alike. Meghan can find something in common or a shared interest with just about anyone. (No really, it’s AMAZING.) She is also a foodie, loves cooking, and is always looking for the next opportunity to try an adventurous recipe.

Kate joins Salmela after a decade of non-profit arts leadership, where she shared her passion for building community, education, inclusiveness, and arts access. Her superpower is helping professionals identify their strengths and set them on a course for greater success. After work, she can be found reading Shakespeare, doing yoga, or prepping the next generation of theatre stars for college.

Cory spends his day advising senior leaders on talent acquisition strategy. He is happiest on his bike, skis, or helping his daughters rehearse lines. He began his career as a National Team Coach for the U.S. Ski Biathlon Team, followed by experience in pharma sales. In 2005, he founded Salmela. Today, Salmela places leaders across the healthcare industry. Salmela is the go-to vendor across marcomm disciplines in healthcare and beyond.

Chief Financial Officer, Olympian, and Health Coach, what can’t she do? When Kara is not managing the Salmela Financials, she spends her days educating and supporting people as a health coach. If that wasn’t cool enough, she also competed as an American biathlete at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.

Megan focuses on individual career wellness and team development for the healthcare advertising industry. As a natural networker, and with a career background in health/wellness and international corporate project management, Megan has the experience necessary to understand your needs. She enjoys being outside with her family, volunteering in the community, trail running and practicing yoga.

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