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Craig Macdonald

Job Title: Owner and President
Company: Corporate Strategies Search, LLC
Industry: Executive Search and Human Resources
Mentor Since: Fall 1993
Will Mentor: Early Career MBA, Graduate Students

Job Description

More recently, Craig has translated his many decades of experience in advising both hiring executives and candidates on talent selection and managing for success into a separate, expanding practice coaching employees, at all organizational levels, through career and job change. His emphasis is on advising transitioning executives on the varied ways hiring processes and selection decisions have changed over the last four decades.

Company Description

Corporate Strategies Search is a retained search firm dedicated to recruiting leaders from the Director level to the C-suite in a variety of for-profits and non-profit companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Employment History

Craig began his working career as a Human Resources Manager at Weyerhaeuser Company in the rural South and at Corporate Headquarters in Federal Way. He worked in both the wood products and paper side of the company’s business; and his positions included HR Manager for the Bleached Paper/Consumer packaging division, the Secondary Fiber/Recycling Division, and a large wood products manufacturing complex in Dierks, Arkansas.

After leaving Weyerhaeuser in 1982, he began his consulting career as co-owner of an HR consulting/executive recruiting firm in Federal Way. The firm’s emphasis was on assisting small Pacific Northwest businesses with HR policy development, interview and selection processes, communications, succession planning, conflict resolution, and career transition coaching.

In the 1989, Craig helped found and develop the retained executive search practice at the recruiting firm of Houser, Martin, Morris in Bellevue. He was a partner in the firm for 12 years, and conducted successful searches in forest products, manufacturing, construction and real estate, environmental engineering, healthcare, non-profits and Native American, minority and Alaska Native organizations.


He is a 5th-generation native of Tacoma, Washington, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Arts degree in Communication/Journalism from the University of Iowa.

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

I have historically engaged students in discussions and examinations of how labor markets work, how hiring managers make decisions, interviewing techniques and pitfalls, career analysis and change strategies, resume prep, and a variety of other topics related to how people make career decisions.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Generally meet people at the Bellevue Club in Bellevue but can meet almost anywhere-- prefer Eastside locations.

Additional Information

Craig Macdonald has devoted nearly 40 years to partnering with executives and boards of directors to identify, source, recruit and properly develop high-performance talent in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. While focusing primarily on senior positions from Director to C-Level, his recruiting practice has spanned many levels and functions, including the technical, scientific and administrative, and has ranged from social service agencies to large public companies; small, family owned private businesses; minority owned organizations and economic development associations around the Pacific Northwest. He is skilled in “performance-based hiring” strategies, structuring interview process development and the uses of psychometrics in selection and management.

Craig has been married to his wife Leslie for 49 years and has helped raise two daughters who are now both married and living in Bellevue and Kirkland. He has been a resident of Eastside communities for the last 35 years. Craig is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at LifeWire, a Bellevue-based non-profit dedicated to ending domestic violence, and has been a mentor in Seattle University’s Alber’s School of Business Mentorship program for the last 20 years.