Initially established as a dedicated executive search firm, Crowbell has since evolved into a full-service provider with an international approach which ensures complete coverage for our extensive client base.

This concept has resulted in being one of the most renowned companies in our area of business. A clue to this success is our philosophy in dealing with both sets of customers – candidates and client companies alike. At Crowbell we offer a more personal and flexible approach coupled with a high degree of professionalism and integrity, thus ensuring an effective high quality service.

We are particularly proud of all the positive feedback both on the client side “We have already worked with other consultants, but with you it is simply more sustainable“, “we are super happy and would like to thank you for your and your colleagues’ work!” or “We only get a limited number of profiles from you, but they are always of high quality” or also “I am very happy to have Jane Doe on my team. Thank you for bringing us together. It really was a 100% match!” as well as on the candidate side “Thank you for bringing us together!“, “Thank you Crowbell for my dream job!“, “The process with Crowbell and Thomas himself was really great. Thank you for the absolutely fantastic support!” or “Thanks again for headhunting me, I feel incredibly happy at my new employer!“, which is both kudos and encouragement for us.



We prefer informal chats to ineffectual meetings. Information is forwarded when it is current and not just “presented” at some stage


We favour helpful cooperation over important-looking organisational charts


We focus on individual responsibility instead of external control


We do what we do because we want to, not because the clock shows a certain time or because someone somewhere wrote something as a guideline


We are grounded, and we stand by it. With roots and wings, as Goethe already called it. Not just with methodical competence but appreciative. From time to time unconventional, but strictly value-conservative.


We have been dealing with recruitment consulting for more than 35 years, and we also intend to continue to do so for (at least) the next 35 years. Experience in this area of business is by no means to be replaced – except by even more experience.


Because we fully remain focused on direct search we are able to accomplish a most outstanding candidate presentation quota of more than 99%. Besides, we achieve a far above-average placement ratio of 3:2, i.e. on average two out of three candidates with which our customers are conducting an interview are eventually going to be hired.



Start in Cardiff

Start in Cardiff

Crowbell was originally founded in Cardiff in July 1981 as a service-only partnership by a group of seasoned professionals, Thomas R. Kirbergh, Kay Adkins, Jan Bergh, Mark McKinney and Mitch Waldron.


JobExpress is founded

JobExpress is founded

JobExpress was founded in 1994, when the monopoly of the employment office fell and private recruitment was allowed for the first time in Germany, by the two veterans of the industry, Karl Hecken and Herbert Merk.


Thomas Grüske joins them

Thomas Grüske joins them

In 1998 Thomas Grüske, who had previously worked in various management positions in sales, marketing and training at Forbes 100 companies, joined the company, which then grew to more than 30 offices and became the number 1 recruitment organization in Germany.


Crowbell Ltd. becomes a corporation

Crowbell Ltd. becomes a corporation

In order to be prepared for the further development also with regard to the international market, Crowbell was converted into a corporation in 2003. The company continued to grow rapidly, not least due to the close partnership with Germany’s largest private recruitment organization JobExpress and its sister company PMB International.


Across the pond

Across the pond

Since 2006 the Crowbell Ltd. UK is majority owned by US-based Cephel Investments, and sister company Crowbell USA was founded.


Thomas R. Kirbergh
Chairman of the Board

Mark McKinney
Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Markus Cordes
Vice President
Human Resources Management

Thomas Grueske
Managing Director / CEO

Ryan Anderson
Country Manager Canada

Burak Gücer
Country Manager Turkey

Rabbiya Khan
Country Manager United Kingdom

Srijaj Raman
Country Manager UAE

Pascal Spiro
Country Manager France

Crowbell always delivers just the perfect solution for you and your business