WE BELIEVE you should hire someone who shares your goals and vision, not someone who just has the right resume.


WE BELIEVE the people you hire should be running to you, not away from something (or someone) else.


WE BELIEVE finding the right candidate requires understanding your business and challenges, not just a database.

About Us

Lundwall Group helps companies hire executives across multiple disciplines including Finance, Sales, Marketing, Product, Operations, Human Resources and General Management. We use our business expertise, relationships and extensive resources to find the best people to join and grow your business.


The Partners at Lundwall Group have hired and managed their own teams in large organizations as well as start-ups. This expertise brings a line manager’s perspective to our research, vetting and recommendations. 


Our 120+ combined years of business experience and executive recruiting has built a network that provides us access to today’s top talent.


We work on a limited number of searches per year and assign at least two partners to every search, diving wide and deep into candidate pools.


days average search time
from contract to offer


of people still in role


of searches are
director level or above


of clients were referred to us

I spoke to other search firms in the space and was frustrated by their lack of knowledge regarding the industry and their incomprehension of our business and culture. This was not the case with Jeff’s team. Working with them was both refreshing and extremely productive.

They have a unique approach and intimate understanding of both our organization and the candidates, which results in a positive outcome. We found the right people, at the right levels, quickly and efficiently.

Chris Batty – President, Velocity Made Good
(former Publisher, Quartz & VP Sales Gawker Media)


We’ve filled positions across industries
and across the country—from start-ups to multi-national giants.


Our hiring needs ranged across levels and regions (Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, and Detroit) and involved multiple hiring managers.  Despite the complexity of the situation, they were able to identify highly qualified candidates in a short period of time, resulting in fantastic hires that have yielded great results for us since they joined the company.

Meredith Levin – CEO, The New York Times



From filling an immediate need to long-term succession planning, there are three key ways in which we work with clients.

Immediate Need: Retained Search

Designed to provide a focused search to fill a specific position. We will conduct a custom search managed by no less than two Partners with the most relevant experience for the search. Exclusivity for the period of the search is required along with an upfront retainer. Average search time is 59 days from contract to offer (excluding one standard deviation).

Short-term Need: Feasibility Study

Provides an objective perspective when you are considering promoting an internal candidate, or making a change to management. Within 30 days we will provide you with a list of no less than 15 external candidates for the position in question with summarized background information and our opinion on why their experience would be relevant to the role.

Mid-term Need: The Bench
Ideal for hiring managers expecting growth and/or turnover in the coming quarters. The Bench identifies appropriate talent based on experience, skill, geographic location, and seniority. We will vet candidates to determine if they have the required experience and culturally fit. We will provide a monthly report of 7 to 10 appropriate candidates, including: candidate name, current position, company, and a brief rationale for inclusion.

Jeff’s team understands the challenges of hiring in a start-up environment (timing, stretched resources, evolving culture, etc.) and worked within our constraints to find great additions to our team. Additionally, Jeff’s team has provided invaluable advice on how to effectively build our team and industry best practices. This is why Jeff’s team is Business Insider’s exclusive sales and marketing recruiter.

Julie Hansen – US, CEO Babble (former COO/Publisher, Business Insider)


  • Jeff Lundwall

    managing partner

    Before launching Lundwall Group in 2016, Jeff was a founding and managing partner of Mercury Group, his first executive search business, for nine years, beginning in 2007. Prior to that, Jeff led various media sales and business operations teams for more than a decade. He was an Associate Publisher at Condé Nast Digital, where he helped grow staff and revenue 5x over four years. As an early digital adopter, Jeff helped launch The Industry Standard, “the news-magazine of the Internet economy” specializing in areas where business and the Internet overlapped, it was later referred to as “the bible” of the Internet economy. He has also co-founded three content sites where he managed sales and business development, and was involved with early web video and widget development projects.

    Three Things You Probably Didn't Know

    • Born in Hawaii and went to President Obama’s rival high-school.
    • Rowed Varsity Division I Crew at UCLA and finished 7 marathons.
    • Ran a sober shuttle service in high school so kids wouldn’t drive drunk.
  • Judy Laughren


    Judy joined Lundwall Group in 2016 after spending 8 years in executive search as a partner at Mercury Group. Prior to that, she spent more than three decades at both digital and traditional advertising agencies, leading client teams including DeBeers, American Express, Samsung and Kraft. She held the position of SVP at Digitas for nine years, and was also NY Marketing Capability lead where she was responsible for resource management, staffing, and personal development of a 150+ department. She served as Director of Client Services for Blue Marble ACG, after time spent at Ayer and DDB. Judy is also a certified executive coach.

    Three Things You Probably Didn't Know

    • Has been to 5 of the 7 continents.
    • Has been a Yankees fan since she was 3 years old.
    • Had a bird-watching vacation on Fothergill Island in Zimbabwe.
  • Shara Gastwirth-Lawner


    Shara was a media sales operations expert before becoming an executive recruiter. Prior to partnering on the launch of  Lundwall Group in 2016, Shara spent five years as Partner and Research Director at Mercury Group, another highly successful executive search firm in media, marketing, and advertising. Prior to her career as an executive recruiter, Shara was Account Services Director at BuzzMedia where she led the NY office of Account Managers. Prior to that, Shara was Director of Client Services and Marketing at A Small World where she hired and managed a team of ad operations, marketing, product, and campaign managers. Shara began her career at Condé Nast Digital  where she worked up the ranks from Sales Associate to Business Director, where she worked with the sales team to analyze traffic trends and manage inventory.

    Three Things You Probably Didn't Know

    • Been a serious Billy Joel fan since since she was 12 years old (but yet to meet).
    • Brings her own sheets and towels when she travels (even to 5 star hotels).
    • Had the same first grade teacher as Tom Cruise.
  • Stephanie Vautravers


    Stephanie Vautravers joined Lundwall Group in 2019, after running her own advertising agency consultancy for four years. Prior to consulting, Stephanie had launched her digital media career in 1996 working at several Internet start-ups, including Blender,, Yahoo! and About. Leveraging her success at start-ups, she landed at Time Warner. For nearly 10 years, she worked at Time Inc. (now Meredith Corp.) and Turner Broadcasting System (now Warner Media). She led the East Coast Digital team in Time Inc.’s Branded Solutions group where she and her team worked with high profile corporate clients like Unilever, Starbucks, Pfizer and Samsung. While working at Turner, Stephanie was instrumental in launching CNN’s Mobile business and ultimately became the Director of Turner Mobile Ad Sales, responsible for building a dedicated Mobile Sales Team and advancing strategic sales efforts across Turner’s portfolio of mobile web and mobile applications.

    Three Things You Probably Didn't Know

    • Has dual-citizenship with the US and Switzerland.
    • Was an RA during her Junior year at University of Delaware.
    • Once had cocktails with Charles Barkley.

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