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Executive search is all about leadership, Metzger says

Former U.S. Marine officer draws on military experience, hates to be slowed down; candidates should just be themselves

June 28, 2013
By William Ehart


Executive recruiting sounded good to Pete Metzger when a friend from KPMG first suggested it 15 years ago.

“I thought that would be a lot of fun—you wear a nice suit and go to lunch,” Metzger laughed during an interview with CEO Update at his 15th Street Northwest office at CTPartners, where he is a vice chairman. “It’s a little harder than that.”

Of course, it’s not as hard as leading a platoon of U.S. Marines in combat in Vietnam, which Metzger did as a second lieutenant. He also worked for the CIA and as Marine assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He retains a top-secret security clearance and sometimes places candidates in jobs requiring such access.