Many executives wonder why the Search process is often so secretive. Why they receive connection request through GatedTalent referring to a "Confidential" project rather than naming the client, and why - when a recruiter does begin a conversation, they are often disinclined to share much information beyond the key headlines.
This insightful piece in the Harvard Business Review, written by recruiter Adam Dean, explains all. Well worth a read!
Discretion is necessary for several reasons. First, if the executive finds out, he or she may become disengaged, and might even poison the waters for whoever the replacement is. Also, research shows that when executives are told, they often try to influence the selection process in a way that could cement their personal legacy rather than going by what’s best for the company.