NACD Board Search

NACD Board Search

NACD Board Search

NACD Board Search offers an alternative to traditional search firms. Powered by accelhrate, a boutique search firm with large-firm experience, our service draws upon NACD’s four decades of expertise in leading governance, leading practices, and effective board dynamics. We are committed to identifying and attracting the most accomplished candidates whose skills align with your long-term strategy. NACD has worked successfully with boards of all sizes and types, ranging from private equity and venture capital-owned businesses to family-owned businesses, nonprofits, and companies in the Fortune 500.

NACD’s Board Search by accelhrate is uniquely positioned to conduct your director search. Using our proprietary network of more than 23,000 board-ready members coupled with our affinity alliances with prominent board-diversity organizations and industry groups, we have the exclusive ability to identify top talent not otherwise available.

Our exceptional candidate pool offers a breadth and depth of experience that allows us to quickly identify candidates who meet even the most demanding requirements, including preferences for diversity.* We are positive that, working together, we will provide you exceptional candidates for your board. 

Find the right director for your board          Position yourself for a board seat

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Kim Shanahan
CEO & Co-Founder of accelhrate
Managing Director, NACD Board Search by accelhrate

Ms. Shanahan brings over 25 years of business and executive search experience to accelhrate. She leads NACD Board Search by accelhrate. She has partnered with hundreds of clients across multiple industries and geographies. Before Co-Founding accelhrate in 2014, she spent eight years with Korn Ferry, where she was a Senior Partner in the Board and CEO Practice and led a Global Practice Area and Office P&L.​


Prior to joining Korn Ferry in 2006, Ms. Shanahan led Wireless Corporate Strategy and Business Development for MCI, where she helped develop MCI’s next-generation broadband and convergence strategy, formed and managed strategic partnerships, and launched new markets across the US. Ms. Shanahan was first recruited to MCI in Human Resources to develop and lead its global executive recruiting and talent strategy. Prior to MCI, Ms. Shanahan spent four years with Heidrick & Struggles, where she focused on CEO and Board searches globally and served as lead Senior Associate for the Global Telecommunications Practice. Earlier, Ms. Shanahan spent several years in management consulting with DFI International.​

Ms. Shanahan serves on the Board of pre-IPO SaaS company Truvelop. She also serves on multiple Advisory Boards for Virginia Tech, including the Pamplin College of Business (PAC), APEX Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where she is Vice Chair, President Sands’ National Capital Region Leadership Council, The Department of Management, and The Department of Finance. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Fairfax’s Signature Program. She has been published and/or featured in Fortune MagazineHuman Resource Executive MagazineHROTodayChief Executive Magazine, The Washington Post and has been a co-host on The CEO Show on Executive Leaders Radio. She has previously been named one of Washington’s 100 Tech Titans. Ms. Shanahan holds a B.S. degree with a double major in finance and communications from Virginia Tech. She is certified in Hogan Assessment tools.