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Retained Executive Search

and Pre-deal Advisory Services

for Private Equity and Growth Equity



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Inspired by exceptional architects

Our name pays tribute to Daniel Burnham and John Root, two American architects who, as leaders of their firm, understood how to marry creativity and practical problem solving to transform the way people experienced interior and exterior spaces.


The duo created beautiful, highly-functional buildings that were made to last and are some of this country's most notable works of commercial architecture: Chicago’s Rookery—a groundbreaking office building whose stunning atrium provides light and air to the entire structure; the Rand McNally Building—the world's first all-steel-framed skyscraper; and the Chicago World’s Fair—an enormously complicated project which was designed and built in under three years.


Burnham and Root believed in perpetuating their approach to creating great architecture and their ability to identify and mentor high-potential young architects led to the creation of a number of iconic American structures, including the Empire State building.

At Burnham Root, we honor the craft of our namesake, serving as company builders for the new economy. While their projects solved problems of aesthetics, construction design, and usability, ours respond to our clients' requirements of culture fit, organizational design effectiveness, and leadership potential.

About Us



Creating exceptional leadership teams


Our approach is detail-oriented, hands-on, and collaborative. Every project is partner-led, strategy-driven, and distinguished by these factors:

  • We measure ourselves by search execution excellence.
    That's why the 
    partner who sells the project always plays a key role in the delivery of the engagement.

  • We make sure we understand our client’s business before conducting candidate outreach. That understanding drives the search strategy.

  • We’re candid, clear communicators.
    We never shy away from posing challenging questions to candidates or clients, and we prepare thoughtful, written analyses in support of any recommendations we make regarding client-candidate engagement.

  • We provide transparency.
    Clients can monitor our progress from start to finish through a secure web portal.



Consultants at Burnham Root have more than 20 years of collective experience supporting leading Private Equity and Growth Equity sponsors as well as their portfolios.

ABRY Partners


Alpine Investors

Ascent Ventures

Audax Group

Bain Capital

Berkshire Partners

Bessemer Ventures

Francisco Partners

GI Partners

Goldman Sachs

The Gores Group

Grotech Ventures

JMI Equity

Pamplona Capital

Providence Equity

Riverside Company

Sorenson Capital

Sumeru Equity Partners

Summit Partners

TA Associates


Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

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