We Hit the Bullseye

Every Time

FirstArrow Executive Search, Federal Sector,
Aerospace/Defense & Commercial Cyber Security

A boutique retained search firm focused on the federal sector, aerospace/defense and the commercial cybersecurity space.

Shape your Culture, don't
just fill a position

Federal Sector & Aerospace/Defense

Offering top-level, executive search and human capital experience in the Federal Sector, including the Intelligence Community, DOD, DOE, the Space community and the Federal Civilian space.

Commercial Cybersecurity

Providing retained executive searches for commercial cyber security companies in the finance, technology, healthcare, retail, hotel, airline, and entertainment industries and specializing in board searches for VC’s and cyber companies.

The FirstArrow

Serving as a trusted partner to identify, evaluate, recruit and most importantly land the talent within a company. We utilize our in-depth understanding of the market and our large network of connections to match the right talent to the right company.

Clients We Have Partnered With

When hiring the leading Human Capital,
you can’t just focus on one factor.

Our goal is not just a hire, but to provide the best fit and long term retention.

Companies are very complex entities and require many elements to be in sync in order to excel, such as: strategic growth plans,  meeting profit and loss goals, organizational change management, top-tier customer service, marketing  and branding, talent acquisition, etc.

At FirstArrow, we understand this and use it as a guiding principle to attract the top talent to drive your company down the road to success.  Our searches involve an effective and efficient candidate discovery process, we develop both a macro and microscopic understanding of your needs and culture,  provide thorough pre and post screening of candidates,  use direct search techniques, and leverage our strong industry relationships.  This allows us  to match expertise, motivation, and personality to your unique requirements.

A Targeted Approach

Attracting Top Talent for Your Executive Hires

How We Execute

Benefits To You


We Hit

even the toughest targets

SHUNIL JOSEPH is the founder of FirstArrow Executive Search with over 24 years of search experience within the Federal Sector including Cyber, Aerospace, Intelligence, DOD, DOE, NASA, and Federal Civilian Community. We have leveraged our years of Federal Sector, Cyber retained search experience to also serve  the commercial cybersecurity space.

Our client base ranges from system integrators, technology companies, consulting firms, and R&D organizations within the Federal sector to commercial software and hardware product vendors, hotel corporations, airlines, financial companies, healthcare companies, startups, and many more in the commercial cyber sector. 

We serve as a trusted partner to identify, evaluate, recruit and most importantly land the talent within a company. We have built key relationships with former government agency executives, company executives and other key subject matter experts. We have the understanding of the market and a large network of connections to match the right talent to the right company.

Shunil brings his experience to bear in every project from start to finish, not only providing talent acquisition and market branding but also assisting in compensation benchmarking, market competitive intelligence and succession planning.

Association Memberships:

International Retained Search Association
Association of Former Intelligence Officers
Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Assoc.
National Defense Industrial Association
Association of Old Crows

How We Work

At FirstArrow we are committed to
presenting a positive professional face of your
organization to the employment market.

Optimize Compatability

Our discovery process is designed to optimize compatibility on a myriad of levels.

Investing Time

Investing our time qualifying candidates who are serious and able to make a change, saving your time and money to devote strictly to critical activities.

Psychology at Work

We look at the psychology behind an Executive Hire, matching personality to culture, motivation to vision, and of course, skill set to job description.

Hiring Puzzles

We excel at solving “hiring puzzles” because we understand that a “cookie cutter” approach makes it difficult to hit your hiring target.

Direct Recruiting

Direct recruiting techniques and ever-growing relationships in our specialties allow us to target the passive, “not-looking” candidate. You’ll see successful professionals who are interested in a change because of your specific opportunity, not just through a general job posting.


Involvement all the way through on-boarding the new hire can help identify resolvable issues in the early stages of acceptance and arrival to your organization. Our goal is 100% acceptance of all offers and low attrition.

Serving Our Clients and Candidates Fully

At First Arrow, We Are Passionate About Seeing
Our Clients Grow And Our Candidates Challenged

FirstArrow Mantras: