R. Coalter Powers

R. Coalter Powers, Robert Half Executive Search

Managing Director, North America

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One Towne Square
Suite 1050
Southfield, MI 48076


R. Coalter Powers is a managing director specializing in senior and executive-level engagements for organizations of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 firms. He also helps early stage, private equity and venture capital-backed companies identify their key leadership hiring needs. Coalter has worked with companies in the biotech, pharmaceutical, life sciences, software, manufacturing, technology and professional services industries. His areas of expertise include finance and accounting, human resources, sales and marketing, management consulting, and business development.

Coalter is based in Greater Detroit and partners with clients throughout the United States and internationally.


Throughout his 15-year career in executive and senior-level management search and placement Coalter has overseen strategic hiring operations for two publicly traded global recruitment. Coalter originally joined Robert Half as the director of Permanent Placement for our Boston office, where he specialized in placing mid-to-senior level finance and accounting professionals, including chief accounting officer, director of audit, chief financial officer and tax and treasury manager.

Before joining Robert Half, Coalter was the managing director for a global boutique retained search firm specializing in high-growth global software and technology companies. Throughout his career, Coalter has held leadership positions in key strategic planning, sales management and business development.

Personal and Professional Activities

Coalter graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He lives in Greater Detroit, Michigan, with his wife and two children.

Coalter is actively involved with Junior Achievement and as a coach and mentor for youth sports organizations in his community.