Our Services

Executive Search

Executive Search is our primary area of service to our clients. We find the best global leaders, build successful boards and teams leading to improved performance.

Board Advisory

We help boards strengthen their engagement and effectiveness through interactive self-assessment and board analysis.


We evaluate the performance, effectiveness of Public, Private, and PE/Venture backed Boards, C-Suite Leaders, and Executive Teams.

About Us

Hardman Batchelor is a retained executive search firm that specializes in recruiting world class board directors, CEOs and C-Level executives. Hardman Batchelor has quickly built a reputation for recruiting talented high-performing leadership teams globally after being founded by a seasoned partner from a top five search firm headquartered in the booming Austin, Texas marketplace.

Our services are designed to help you build strong leadership at the top. We offer retained executive and board level search, reference checking, candidate benchmarking, and management assessment services.

We are a boutique firm with Fortune 500 experience. Veteran senior consultants with backgrounds at the world’s largest executive search firms handle all of our board and C-level assignments. Because our executive recruiters are industry specialists, we can focus more time and attention on fewer searches and projects – and drive strong results.

With our unique operational and technical background, Hardman Batchelor becomes deeply versed with your company faster, helping not only find the right candidates, but also excite them about your opportunity and perform assessments to ensure the right skills and cultural match.

Our Leadership


Ed Batchelor is the Managing Partner for Hardman Batchelor International. He has more than 25 years s of experience living and working in the U.S., Australia, Venezuela, India, China and the United Kingdom. Ed recruits CEOs, board members, senior executives and digital leaders for a range of technology and consumer companies. His clients range from Fortune 500 organizations to leading global digital, consumer and technology brands to the portfolio companies of leading private equity firms. Ed is also Hogan Certified and works closely with the firm’s Leadership and Succession Sector, taking part in the assessment of senior executives across leading organizations.

Prior to joining the firm, Edward worked in Sydney and Dallas as a leader for Egon Zehnder's Technology Practice and later with Russell Reynolds Associates as a Managing Director & Partner. During that time, he focused primarily on technology and consumer organizations and conducted executive and board searches along with international executive assessments. Prior to that, Edward was Global Head of Digital & E-Business at Humana Inc. He also served as Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Pacer International in Dublin. Earlier, Edward held a number of international executive roles at Dell Inc., including Executive Director of Sales in Xiamen, China, and executive-level marketing, e-business and services roles in Austin and New Delhi.

Ed holds a B.A. in Business Communications from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Specialties: Technology, Hardware and Electronics, Consumer, Digital Transformation, Board Directors and Chief Executive Officers, Mobile and Communications, Consumer Products, Diversity and Inclusion, Technology Officers, Executive Search, Management, Digital Leadership, CEO/Board Advisory Services.