For high growth companies looking to select your future leaders, we are your go-to partner in the Nordics. We help you grow faster by hiring smarter.

Our Purpose & Promise

We exist to expand and internationalise Growth Talent in the Nordics.
We offer tailor-made solutions for your company’s Growth, Leadership and Diversity needs.

—Grow Faster. Hire Smarter—

Fast pace and flexible execution

Digitally enabled

Understand leadership growth


We are The X Search.

We offer tailor-made solutions for your company’s growth, leadership and diversity needs.


  • Specialised in digital/tech scaleups that are growing fast
  • Help internationalisation in the Nordics and
  • Help access a more diverse talent pool.

“We want to make a difference in the industry and lead the way by modernising its practices. We want to disrupt the way executive search companies do business.”


Of our placed executives are women


of our placed executives are non-Finns

repeat clients during our first year of operations

fastest placement in 1.5 months

Our Values


  • We believe Diverse and International talents are a MUST for companies to flourish
  • We are truly international and multilingual
  • Our team has different backgrounds, age groups and education


  • We work relentlessly towards an optimal solution
  • We work collaboratively to deliver the right results for your business


  • We are agile and flexible in our approach to meet your needs
  • We are fully transparent with you throughout the process


  • We are friendly and easy to work with
  • We serve both clients and candidates equally
  • We care about our society and want to contribute by giving back

Our services

  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Assessment
  • Tailor-made Solutions

Roles we search for

  • CEO, CTO, CFO, CxO
  • EVP / SVP, Director, BU Leader, Head of Departments, Senior Manager/Team Leads level positions
  • Board Members, Chairman, Advisory Members, etc.

Domains we cover

  • The full spectrum of the technology space
  • Venture capital & private equity, and professional services
  • Consumer, industrial and broader financial services

Our clientele

  • High Growth Companies
    (over 50 M€ turnover)
  • Fast-Growing Scaleups
    (10-50 M€ turnover)
  • Venture Capital & Equity Funds portfolio and Corporate Ventures
  • Established Companies & Groups

Our way of working:

We work with the best VC & PE firms, the most ambitious startup founders and company builders in the Nordics. We focus on 3 aspects of your future talent:

    1. The high growth mindset and potentials: Different mindsets bring value to high growth companies; we will seek the new breed of talent for you.
    2. Diversity:  We look at diversity from a non-binary angle with all aspects of diversity, such as ethnicity, gender, age group, socio-economic networks, education, different networks and approaches to business, experiences, etc.
    3. The location: Talent can come from anywhere. To respond to the shortage of talent, and help your hyper growth, we service the Nordics as one market.

Our Recruitment Process

  • Flexible, reflective, and inclusive
  • Constant and transparent feedback loop from the client and candidates through the process
  • Clear communication between the parties
    through The X Search digital talent platform

The Team

Terhi Klemetti

Terhi Klemetti

Founding Partner

Anne Badan

Anne Badan

Founding Partner

Gergely Nagy

Gergely Nagy

Head of Research

Ulla Ahola

Ulla Ahola

Operations & Research Associate

Contact us

Share your CV

To join our candidate database at The X Search,  send us your CV — we will evaluate and make contact with you.

Request for proposal

Drop us an email — we promise to get back to you promptly.

The X Search Oy

Business ID: 3239000-7
VAT Number: FI32390007

E-invoicing Details

IBAN/OVT: 003732390007
Operator: Maventa
Format: Finvoice