J. Michael Kirkman


Managing Partner

Executive Search Experience

Mike has been in the executive search business for nearly thirty years. Prior to Lochlin Partners, he opened Spencer Stuart’s Washington DC office and also ran Korn/Ferry’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Earlier in his career, he co-founded one regional executive search firm and was partner in another. Prior to executive search, Mike worked in financial services, consumer packaged goods and higher education.

Mike has conducted assignments across a broad range of industries and functions, assisting companies of all sizes and stages of development. Most recently, he has been focused on financial services, professional services, defense contracting, and education/nonprofit. He has also been very active over the years in the finance function (particularly CFOs and senior tax roles) and has conducted numerous board assignments.

Other Experience

Over the years, Mike has been a member of the Federal City Council and the Economic Club of Washington. He has been active in the Northern Virginia Hospice and the Virginia Volunteer Emergency Family Care program. He is also involved with the Service Dog Program in Virginia. He currently sits on the board of the Charter School Development Corporation.


Mike holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in political science, with distinction, from the University of Virginia.