FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Arnold Partners, and Senior Financial Executive Search and Board Search Services

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What do you offer that is different from large retained search firms?

AFirst, our clients deal only with the principal of Arnold Partners, Dave Arnold, with over 25 years of experience in CFO search, operations and finance. Second, we specialize in the financial function which allows us to meet our clients’ needs more accurately and swiftly. Finally, we offer flexibility in our approach to each client, and customize each search to fit the needs of our client. Our focus is exclusively on our clients, not on internal politics or shareholder pressures.

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How many partners are there in Arnold Partners?

ADave Arnold handles all client matters. He is supported by an active Board of Advisors, who serve as strategic partners with deep expertise in search, human relations, operations, and finance. Arnold Partners also has several key relationships with interim solution providers that may be called upon to contribute to a project.

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How do you measure success?

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One measure of success stands out: our placed CFOs have three times less turnover than the Silicon Valley average. Another measure is the testimonials of our clients, and the fact that the percentage of referred searches from past placements is 100%.

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Do you guarantee your placements?

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Yes, for 12 months from start date. Certain exceptions apply of course, such as the hiring company being acquired.

QHow do you assure the quality of the people you place?

AThere are many qualities that our clients seek in a CFO. First on the list is high integrity. We verify a candidate’s true integrity by reaching beyond the reference list to our extensive network of executive contacts. We also assure quality through our exclusive focus on the financial function — a CEO may hire only a handful of CFOs in his/her career, along with other positions — but CFO search is our sole focus. With this focus over many years comes expertise. In addition, our reputation is at stake with every search we perform, and our goal is to exceed expectations.

QWhy only financial search? Couldn’t you apply your skills to other professions?

ABecause our formative years were in finance, it was a natural place to focus. Now that we have been in financial search business for 20+ years, separating the “As” from the “Bs” is the value we bring for our clients.

QHow is your fee structured?

AWe work exclusively on a “retained search” basis. We offer our clients an outstanding value for the impact of our placements. Retained search means that our clients have contracted exclusively with Arnold Partners to direct and complete a search assignment. During the course of the search assignment the client pays a retainer. There are many mutual obligations that must be met by both the client and the search firm, and as a result, this approach has many benefits for all parties — the client, the candidate, and the search firm share a strong mutual interest in seeing that right candidate is hired, and that the search is completed in a timely manner.

QIf I am a CFO looking for a new opportunity, how do I work with you?

AWe are constantly on the lookout for top talent and meet candidates to discuss their career accomplishments and objectives.

Please send your resume and cover letter to us.

Dave delivered a CFO to Rainmaker Systems during a particularly difficult time in the economy. As a result of hiring Steve, we have improved our overall business condition and we continue to thrive. Dave clearly believes in long-term relationships as he has kept in touch with me over several years. “He is driven to build not only a business that stands the test of time, but also finds CFO’s who can handle the pressures and uncertainties of being a small-cap public company.
Michael SiltonCEORainmaker Systems