Rodes M. Cole

Rodes M. Cole

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About Rodes

Rodes Cole is a partner in the Atlanta office and a member of the Financial Services, Insurance and Professional Services practices. In addition, he has led CEO/Executive Director searches for non-profits, as well as executives for key positions in private family foundations.

With an ingrained belief in the importance of relationships and process, Rodes has built a reputation as a trusted advisor. He learned this belief from his grandfather, who owned a paint store and would tell him that “everyone sells the same paint; it’s the service that distinguishes one from another.”


Rodes joined Caldwell from Parker Executive Search, where he was a member of the corporate practice. He was previously a client partner in the Professional and IT Services Practice at Korn/Ferry International. He began his career with the DeKalb/Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.


Rodes graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in history.

More About Rodes

He served on the Emory University board of visitors and was a member of the executive committee. He also is an active member of the McCallie School Atlanta Alumni Association and a previous member of the school’s Honor Scholars Committee. In the past, he has been involved with the American Cancer Society and the Marcus Autism Center. In 1997, he was recognized by Georgia Trend magazine as one of their “40 under 40,” which features the most influential emerging professionals in the state.

Recent Feedback

“Both Rodes and Jeff Freeborough were attentive and most importantly displayed a strong work-ethic. Far too often, retainer exec search firms are smoke and mirrors and when it comes time to produce, you can see there is a limit to their effort, but Rodes and Jeff have been hustling from the beginning which is what we like to see.” – Thomas Byun, Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Hatch

“Every interaction with us is professional and I have no doubt that we are represented in the market in an impeccable manner. There is a deep understanding of our market and I have confidence in the thought process that went into our market mapping – a good level of depth while only presenting the right players to us.” – Executive Recruiter, Multinational IT services & consulting company

“Highly attentive, professional and communicative. You can tell that they are a true business partner to their clients.” – Thomas Jankovich, Vice President, Banking & Capital Markets

“Mike and Rodes were perfect partners for us. The candidates that they put forth were quality individuals and Mike and Rodes were able to help us determine the best for our firm. They were always available when we needed and it was appreciated that we met every week for updates.” -Cathy Benton, Chief Human Resources Officer

Rodes was a great partner and trusted advisor throughout the process. He has a great energy about him and is an outstanding communicator.” – Kim Rudeen, Vice President, Product Development & Product Management, Aflac

Recent News

The New Standard: How business chiefs in law and consulting firms are satisfying shifting client expectations. Gone are the days when experience and expertise is what won the day for law and consulting firms. Those qualifications are table stakes now, and clients expect way more from their professional services partners. In order to satisfy these shifting client expectations, firms are increasingly hiring top level talent to executive management positions. A firm’s management of its people, processes and technology today can have as much impact on business development potential as its professional capabilities.   -read more-

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