Pepper Lunsford Binner, PLBsearch President and Founder

Pepper Lunsford Binner, PLBsearch


Pepper Lunsford Binner is the President and Founder of PLBsearch, a boutique executive search firm focused on communications, public affairs, and investor relations professionals.

Pepper has spent two decades in executive recruiting, previously serving as Senior Client Partner in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of Korn/Ferry International.  She was one of the original members of the firm’s global Corporate Affairs practice, where she executed hundreds of searches for Fortune 500 companies, agencies, trade associations, non-profits and academic institutions.

Pepper has a widespread reputation as a true expert in the fields of communications and public affairs. She is active in industry trade organizations such as the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and Washington Women in PR. She is a featured speaker at many NIRI events, including their Annual Conference, and she is a regular lecturer at the Masters in Communications programs at both Georgetown University and George Washington University.

Prior to Korn/Ferry, Pepper served in executive recruiting roles for several New York firms, including Razorfish, a leader in digital communications and marketing, Shearman & Sterling and Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Pepper earned her Bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia. She and her family now reside in Arlington, Virginia, where she is active in the local community.

Pepper is a member of the Board of Directors for her alma mater, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a former member of the Board of the Virginia Economic Bridge.



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