John Wallace

John Wallace

  • Chief Executive Officer
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About John

John Wallace is the chief executive officer of Caldwell Partners, a technology-powered talent acquisition firm specializing in recruitment and assessment at all levels through its two brands – Caldwell and IQTalent. He also serves on the firm’s board of directors.

A relentless results and client-focused leader, John draws on more than 25 years of experience driving exceptional results for leading recruitment firms based on objective measures, market intelligence, strategic planning initiatives, and clear targets for growth. His ability to successfully build high-functioning, client-centric teams has been a key driver in Caldwell’s exponential growth.

Since becoming CEO in 2008, John has effected a strategic and exceptionally successful growth plan for the firm that has included launching operations in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, and integrating outcome-oriented service with innovative technology to deliver a wider range of talent acquisition solutions to our clients. He expanded the company’s spectrum of services to include candidate research and sourcing through to full recruitment at the professional level, as well as a suite of talent strategy and assessment tools through the acquisition of IQTalent Partners and Applied Behavioral Academy. As a result, Caldwell’s revenues have increased more than seven-fold in the course of his tenure.


Prior to joining Caldwell Partners, John was president and chief executive officer of Highland Partners, the executive search division of Hudson Highland Group, the world’s largest combined executive search, specialty staffing, and related consulting services firm at the time.

Before entering the executive search industry in 1996, he held senior marketing and management positions in the telecommunications industry.


John holds an Honours BSc from the University of Waterloo.

More About John

In addition to serving on Caldwell’s board of directors since 2008, John is currently a member of the Selection Board of “A Seat at the Table,” an initiative, under the auspices of the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons, advocating for greater board representation of physically disabled Canadians.

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