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Your Search for Excellence Starts and Ends with BrownThompson

BrownThompson Executive Search provides comprehensive retained executive searches for corporate and non-profit clients in both the public and private sectors in San Diego and across Southern California. To fill C-level positions with the best executive talent, BrownThompson conducts its searches discreetly and professionally. Each search is based on a carefully developed set of criteria— the most important of which is the candidate’s potential for a successful long-term fit within the client organization and culture.

President Judy Thompson is able to tap into a vast network of potential candidates as well as a deep reservoir of business and human insights gleaned over 25 years in the recruiting field.  Co-founder Tom Brown, president and CEO of American Technology Corp., acts in an advisory capacity to the firm.

Judy Thompson, President & Co-founder

Judy Thompson, President of the collective companies which make up the Thompson Search Group, has been interviewing and recruiting financial professionals, for over 25 years. Her career began in the 1970s in the top producing office of a 325-office national search firm. In 1981, she founded Thompson Financial Search in San Diego. Today, it is one of three affiliated Thompson Search companies: Thompson Financial Search, Inc., specialists in recruiting mid-level accounting and financial professionals; Thompson Interim Professionals, founded in 1998 to fill the growing market for interim financial and accounting professionals; and BrownThompson Executive Search, formed in 2005 to provid retained executive search with particular expertise in recruiting CFO talent.

  Accomplishments & Memberships

Thompson Financial Search
ThompsonRose Interim Professionals
President & Co-Founder
BrownThompson Executive Search
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Corporate Director's Forum
—Executive Board & Membership Chair
Corporate Finance Council
Board of Trustees
Past Chairperson
Institute of Management Accountants
Past President
Women Who Mean Business Award
Who's Who in Finance and Industry
Who's Who in California


Judy is committed to advancing the interests of San Diego’s accounting and financial community and does so through involvement in several key professional associations. She is on the Boards of Corporate Directors’ Forum, American Women's Society of Public Accountants, the School of Accountancy for San Diego State University and Corporate Finance Council and was its chairperson from 2001 to 2002. For 13 years, Judy served on the board of directors of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and was its president from 1993-94. She is a long time member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Judy is a recipient of the San Diego Business Journal’s prestigious Women Who Mean Business award. She has been listed in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in California. She has spoken for the San Diego and North County chapters of IMA, the California Society of CPAs, American Woman’s Society of CPAs, American Society of Women Accountants, and The Regional Conference for Beta Alpha Psi in San Diego. In addition, Judy has moderated the Institute of Management Accountants Accounting Day CFO Panels in San Diego for over 15 years as well as moderating the CEO/CFO panel for a past national conference of the American Society of Women Accountants.

Publisher of the San Diego Networking Newsletter, a bi-weekly email of accounting, financial and HR-related events in San Diego, her firm has grown subscriptions to close to 3,000 recipients since its debut in 2000.

To support the community, Judy founded and continues to run a monthly support group for senior financial professionals called Accountants in Transition on the 3rd Friday of each month and Executives in Transition, for executives in all functional areas at the $150K and above level, on the 4th Friday of each month.

Please contact our office to RSVP and to find out the location for the meetings. Participation in both groups is a free means to access advice and support for accounting and financial professionals or senior executives who are managing change in their careers. Space is limited and participants are asked to RSVP in advance of attending.