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“Because exceptional matters”

What is great leadership really? Why are some individuals better leaders than others? What are the characteristics of a great versus an average leader, and how exactly do you identify and evaluate these?

We all know a great leader when we see one. There’s something different about this person, even though it can be hard to pin down exactly.

Great leaders have an incredible array of skills. They set a meaningful course for the firm, they communicate effectively, they fuel and motivate employees to excel, they make smart decisions. Their values, goals and actions seem to be in full alignment. They have high integrity.  They are authentic and compassionate. Their employees follow them. Not because they have to but, because they want to. They attract other great people.

Watching charismatic leaders in action can make you wonder whether such leaders are natural born leaders or if there is a secret formula to be learned to being an exceptional leader. While there aren’t any real secrets to being a good and effective leader, there are, however, things that differentiate a great leader from an average leader.

At Razor Partners we believe that exceptional leadership is rooted in a magic mix of personal and professional experience, behavioral characteristics, values and belief systems.

Razor Partners is your trusted advisor in identifying and attracting exceptional leaders who can deliver on today’s business goals, and also identify the talent needed to meet the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.


At Razor Partners we seek to know all we can about your organization to gain deep insight into what kind of leader will be the best for you, now and in the long term. We work with you to specify the ideal candidate’s competencies, personality traits and behavioral characteristics. An important part of our role is helping you define and challenge the notion of “ideal candidate.”

We take a broad and creative approach to identifying potential candidates. We evaluate candidates against both what your needs are and what success looks like in your industry. During the interview stage, we gather feedback and manage candidate expectations, serving as your trusted advisor.

We approach the best qualified candidates personally and with great discretion. As we move deeper into conversation with interested, motivated and qualified candidates, we evaluate candidates through our deep market knowledge, comprehensive competency interviews, 360 degree referencing, and in-depth assessment.

We methodically surface the candidate’s full range of capabilities, personal tendencies, and behavioral characteristics, gain insights into their readiness to perform in the targeted leadership role, and assess how smoothly they would integrate into your organization and culture.

We take time to gain a profound understanding of each candidate’s requirements and concerns. So as the search progresses into the hiring phase, we are thoroughly prepared to serve as problem solvers and facilitators. We work as trusted advisors to both client and candidate, facilitating a successful hiring negotiation.








Finalist Selection

Our assessment provides in-depth data and insights to inform selection decisions for senior leadership roles. The finalist assessment provides a complete picture of candidates’ relevant business and functional expertise, leadership competencies, character and motivation, cultural fit and capacity to grow and change with the job.

We provide insight into how candidates are likely to behave, make decisions and operate in the role, and identify potential risks or derailers that can have implications for long-term success in the context of the organization, culture and market, increasing confidence in selection decisions.

Individual and Team Assessment

We assess individual leaders and executive teams to provide the insight needed to make the smartest investments when developing next-generation leaders for key roles.

Our assessments provide objective, actionable information about individuals in order to identify leadership potential in succession candidates; inform strategies to build and sustain the talent pipeline for key roles; gain insights on roles, industries and culture impact; optimize team effectiveness and develop onboarding plans for new executives.


Razor Partners provides Executive Search and Assessment Services to help organizations identify, attract, develop and retain exceptional leaders and talent.


Chief Executive Officers and Board Directors
Operations & Supply Chain Officers
CIO and Digital Leadership
Industrial Goods
Consumer Goods and Retail
Ingredients and Biotech

We can assist you in all geographies via our global network of 450 highly experienced research professionals.
Over 90% of our searches are explicitly international or global in scope. Clients are looking to hire the best candidates, wherever they are currently based and whatever their nationality.
Our shortlists routinely include candidates from North America, Continental Europe and Asia, and we pride ourselves on our ability to identify and attract the best talent to our clients.







Razor Partners was founded in 2017 by Katriina Schøier. Razor Partners operates internationally through a global network of best-in-class research and analytics professionals. All with extensive experience working for tier-one executive search firms.

In today’s world global candidate accessibility and data is not a differentiator. The real added value for an executive search firm playing at the top lies in advising the client which of the final candidates they should select. Who is the right one – for this company, with this strategy, with this leadership team and under these circumstances? What is right solution not only today, but also tomorrow – and ahead?

This requires a comprehensive and multi-layered assessment of the candidates’ competencies, experience and, just as importantly; values, beliefs and potential. This candidate analysis can never take place in isolation; It always needs to be anchored in a thorough understanding of the company and its situation and strategy. This part can never be automated or accelerated – it is about advising clients to be prepared for the future.

Razor Partners is solely owned by Katriina Schøier and backed by a global research and analytics infrastructure. Together we are Razor Partners. Razor Partners can cover almost any geography – always adhering to the highest international executive search standards. We work with companies on talent and leadership issues enabling informed decision making and providing professional and candid advice.


Sixteen years of experience as trusted strategic advisor brought me from tier-one management consulting to the world of top-level executive search and executive assessment. Strategies may be great and power point slides may be pretty and crisp. But people make the entire difference. Only great people with high integrity and good values can make great things happen.

I have thus devoted my professional life to help great companies find exceptional leaders. Leaders who can drive true change and impact others. Leaders who through their personality and presence are role models and make people around them want to follow them. I find deep joy and satisfaction in promoting excellent leadership for companies I believe in. Companies that have an important mission and a purpose that we cannot live without.

I strongly believe in a holistic and nuanced view on leadership that includes both professional and more alternative and spiritual aspects. My approach to assessment is thus somewhat different the typical “best practice frameworks” in executive search and assessment.





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