Our mission

To help organizations find and retain top talent that delivers results, both interim and direct-hire, and to offer our consultants and candidates challenging and rewarding work experiences.

Since 1990, Flex Execs has been helping clients drive business results by finding and hiring the best talent, whether through interim professionals or our innovative full-time recruiting and outsourcing solutions. We don’t waste client’s time.  We listen and follow through by ONLY presenting talent that meets your exact needs.  We work to deliver what you’ve asked for—FASTER than everyone else.  

Our full-time recruiting solutions and RPO deliver results faster and more cost effectively than contingent search.  Many of our clients are saving up to 40% over traditional search methods.  We handle searches at various levels within a variety of disciplines and industries.  Services are customized to fit your specific needs.  

Our Vision

To create client and candidate experiences so remarkable, rewarding and satisfying that Flex Execs is their First Choice for whatever talent they need, and will happily sing our praises to everyone… AND TO HAVE FUN WHILE DOING IT.

95% Client Retention

Since 1990, we’ve had thousands of successful client engagements



Karen Murphy

Since founding Flex Execs in 1990 with partner Kris Swanson, Karen has overseen all recruiting activities for the firm and its clients. Karen believes in integrity and focuses on customer solutions.  She works closely with their clients and employees in developing strong relationships which are the basis for their long-term success.


Kris Swanson

Together with Karen Murphy, Kris founded Flex Execs in 1990 to help area companies find specialized mid- to senior-level talent for short-term needs and projects.  Since its founding, Flex Execs has successfully completed thousands of projects for hundreds of clients in the Chicago area and around the US.  The values of integrity and focus on service are what drive Kris and Flex Execs to consistent success.

Director of Interim Recruiting

Lida Kiehl

After more than two decades with Flex Execs, Lida has developed deep expertise across all aspects of staffing and recruiting. She is a go-to expert and mentor within the company when it comes to best practices and industry knowledge and has been a core contributor to the company’s success over the years.

Director of Direct-Hire Recruiting

Angelica Fiala

Angie transitioned seamlessly from early childhood development and social work to recruiting at Flex Execs in 2019. Her tenacity, adaptability, and personable nature quickly made her a standout in recruiting. By creating tailored goals and efficiently connecting clients and candidates, Angie has significantly contributed to the success of the woman-owned staffing firm.

VP of Sales and Marketing

Alison Williams

After earning a Bachelor’s in psychology in 2015, Alison leveraged her passion for understanding people as a tool to excel in the staffing industry. After almost a decade of managing mid to senior-level Direct-Hire searches, she now applies her years of experience working with clients to oversee Marketing and Sales for Flex Execs.



Remarkable Service

Focus on Solutions

We are proud to be a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

We believe community counts and with that we choose to support organizations like Mercy Home for Girls and Boys; St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Fisher House!