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Our team of executive search researchers offers expertise that is unparalleled. Intellerati was founded by an award-winning investigative journalist and is staffed by investigative recruiters. Our recruiting research team consistently uncovers top executive talent other firms miss.

Krista Bradford

Krista Bradford

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Krista Bradford serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Good Search, LLC in Westport, Connecticut in the Greater New York City Area. Ms. Bradford also heads the firm’s recruiting research division Intellerati, leading its team of executive search researchers.  Before founding the company in 1999, Ms. Bradford served as a three-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and television journalist. She held positions with WNBC and WWOR in New York as well as with stations in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She is a former national news correspondent for “The Reporters” on the Fox Television Network and a senior correspondent Tribune’s nationally syndicated “Now It Can Be Told” series.

Shortly after leaving television, Ms. Bradford founded the nation’s first investigative executive search and recruiting research practice. She delivered marquis-name executives and technologists to the portfolio companies of top tier venture capital firms in New York’s Silicon Alley and California’s Silicon Valley. Soon, the executive search research practice grew to include Fortune 100 clients in media and technology wherever business collides with the Internet: Accenture, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.

Ms. Bradford is a recognized talent acquisition thought-leader, author, and public speaker.  Her blog, “The Investigative Recruiter“, has been counted among the recruiting industry’s Top 20 blogs and among HR World’s Top 10. She also shares research-specific insights and best practices in the Intellerati blog. She has served as a board member of the International Association for Corporate & Professional Recruitment (IACPR), and is a member of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA). She studied at Harvard University and Columbia University, ultimately obtaining her BA in Liberal Arts at The New School.

Ms. Bradford lives in Westport, Connecticut with husband Crispin Cioe, a world-class saxophonist, composer, and founder of the band Cracked Ice and their daughter Katharine Cioe. Ms. Bradford still occasionally fights the good fight, serving as whistleblower in a recent Wall Street Journal expose on Dun & Bradstreet and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility. She also has served as a founding advisor to NewsTrust  a website that helps people find and share good journalism online, so they can make more informed decisions as citizens.

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