Bonell Ryan Executive Search is a boutique, retained executive search firm serving the following industries -  FinTech, Payments, Consumer Banking, eCommerce and Retail.




The firm has been established for 20+ years with a single focus: to advance the vital work and mission of its clients by providing high-impact, transformational talent. Bonell Ryan prides itself in partnering with both its clients and candidates to efficiently and effectively complete each search without compromising on the skills required and necessary cultural fit.


The firm is known for its transparency and open communication. Bonell Ryan also has a long-standing reputation for creating and maintaining solid relationships with key executives across the industries in which it specializes, affording the firm quick and broad penetration into the marketplace as searches commence.



Bonell Ryan's clients are Fortune 500 industry leaders and early and late stage start-ups.   


“I have known Deb for over 20 years. Deb has done the vast majority of my VP and executive recruiting for most of that time. I have used many firms, but Deb has always outperformed others in delivering me talent that meets a rather high standard that I set.  There is never an important job I search for that I don’t give Deb and never has she failed me.  Perhaps the best measure is that many of the folks who she recruited have escalated to C level positions or positions one down at large companies.”

      - Gary Marino – EVP, Chief Commercial Officer - PayPal

“I have had the pleasure of working with Deb and team in order to recruit executive positions in sales and operations. Deb provides a great experience to both the candidate and the hiring manager when recruiting for a role.

Deb works on identifying the perfect profile for the roles to hire, and helps hiring managers think through non-negotiable traits and skills. She understands our company culture and identifies good fits to the way we communicate and execute. She vets candidates thoroughly before sending them on, and works diligently to get that candidate through our hiring process with urgency and transparency. During the entire process, Deb is available to answer any questions and give updates on the candidates and feedback on our interview process.

I think the really special thing about Deb and her team is that they give a great experience to both the candidate and hiring manager. Better than any other recruiting firm that I have worked with, the candidates that work with Deb appreciate her feedback, honesty and open communications – as do the people hiring the roles.

Deb and team have been an amazing asset in our search for global roles. The people she recruited have excelled in their positions and been great additions to our team and the company.”

- Carolyn Mellor – Vice President, Global Inside Sales and Operations at PayPal

“Deb Ryan and her team are some of the best in the business. They excel at financial services related recruiting, and have an in depth knowledge of that landscape that bigger diversified firms just don't have. I have used them many times over the years, including a recent CEO search for a specialty payments card business. As always, they excelled ... helping us find an ideal candidate for a challenging situation.”

- Warren Wilcox, - Executive at Creditshop & Board Member Fintech companies

“Deb and her entire team are top notch. From their first contact they were professional and courteous and worked closely and collaboratively with me through the entire process. All though they had been engaged by the company searching for a new CEO they kept my individual best interests at heart throughout. Rare in my opinion when they represent the company versus the individual candidate. I would highly recommend Deb and her team to anyone looking for a professional and success focused search firm.”

- Peter Krauss - President and CEO - Arroweye Solutions, Inc.


“Deb Ryan and her firm are dedicated and passionate about their role in bringing executive talent into organizations. I have known Deb for several decades, both as a candidate and a client. Deb and her associates at Bonell Ryan have always maintained a very strong mixture of professionalism, integrity and transparency throughout the hiring process. Deb and her team do a fantastic job of providing clients with a high quality, diverse and talented slate of candidates, even the most difficult positions, while also considering the candidate’s feelings and perspective throughout the process - keeping the individual informed and updated. when working ona difficult search the firm is very diligent and persistent in ensuring success.”

      - Susan Schmidt, placed as the Head of US Consumer Credit at PayPal

“Deb and team at Bonell Ryan were amazing.  I've worked with executive recruitment firms prior and Bonell Ryan was top notch.  They were very thorough in the upfront steps, taking the time to properly screen me, help me understand the role and prepare me prior to the interview process.  Deb acted as a consultant throughout the interview and offer stage, helping me match my skills to the role / interview panel and finally secure an offer.  I was constantly kept updated and engaged; we always had a next step established and I trusted Deb to identify what was next.  Wonderful team!"

      - David Bruce, placed as the Head of Global Partner Development at PayPal