Wakefield Talabisco International


About Us


Founded in 1992, Wakefield Talabisco International is a leading retained executive-search firm specializing in senior-level management positions in consumer goods, financial services, retail, insurance, and technology companies worldwide.

Our recruitment services are augmented by a full-time research department and extensive, actively maintained databases of contacts and organizational changes at key companies in our universe of expertise. We know the players first-hand. This up-to-date industry insight helps us quickly identify and place qualified candidates in the best positions.

With headquarters in New York City and a multi-lingual staff, we regularly complete successful searches throughout the United States, Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela), Europe, and Eastern Europe.

Having facilitated many global and transnational searches, we are experienced in assisting with the complex aspects of relocations, legal work-permit and taxation issues, and domestic issues that often determine the speed at which a position can be filled.

We offer our corporate clients strategic knowledge-based guidance in planning for organizational change, leadership development, and compensation issues. Our detailed understanding of current developments in leading companies gives us an edge in better serving our clients.


Leadership Team

Barbara Talabisco, Founder & CEO

Barbara Talabisco
Since founding Wakefield Talabisco International in 1992, Barbara has brought her vast network of personal contacts and in-depth industry understanding to the firm. Her dynamic results-driven personality, ingenuity, and combination of creative candidate-development skills consistently generate successful placements. Barbara leads searches for corporate clients ranging from innovative start-ups to billion-dollar multi-nationals.

Barbara's experience in the executive-search industry spans more than 30 years. With a background in research, she moved rapidly to the level of partner and has contributed to the success of the well-known firms Judd Falk, Rene Plessner, Kurt Einstein Associates and Gilbert Tweed Associates. Barbara's industry specialization encompasses consumer products, financial services, direct selling/direct marketing, fashion, cosmetics, technology and retail. Her clients include some of America's fastest growing companies.


David Stern, Vice President

David Stern

David is an experienced executive search consultant who came to Wakefield Talabisco International from Johnson, Smith and Knisely in 1997. Earlier in his career he has worked for advertising, retailing and financial-services companies. He now specializes in bringing senior management talent into business concerns worldwide.

David has a keen awareness of organizational structures and the dynamics of today's complex business environment. He uses this knowledge to examine the complete universe of talent to find the exact match to optimally solve the search. He believes that honest, open and respectful communication between the candidate and the search consultant is critical in working with top talent. He works extensively with assignments and talent in Europe, the Middle East, North America, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

David earned a Bachelor of Science from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University in 1981. He then earned an MBA from the Anderson School, UCLA in 1986.


Patrick Foley, Vice President

With 20 years of experience in executive search, Patrick has focused on a wide variety of industries, placing executives at senior levels for both the domestic and foreign markets. He believes his success derives from a passion for the industry, his ability to connect with people and cultivate relationships and his constant diligence in understanding his client’s businesses, needs and competitive environment.

He began his career in 1997 with Cromwell Partners, a specialized boutique retained search firm that focused principally on financial services. He then joined Christian & Timbers, an industry leader in senior level technology recruiting. He has been with Wakefield Talabisco International since 2007, developing a broad-based expertise that includes; retail, financial services, healthcare, technology and direct sales.