2015 proved to be another very busy and productive year for Arnold Partners. We proudly placed almost as many female executives as male in the last two years. We served seven different industry sectors with our eight completed searches in 2015, and even completed a VP HR search to end the year! The market continued to be strong in 2015, and despite some global headwinds, we expect 2016 to be another year with continued demand for financial talent.
In addition to these 2015 successes, we were named a Top 10 Executive Recruiting firm in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for our work in 2014.
Completed Searches 2015
Roblox – Platform/Gaming/Social
Backed by First Round Capital and Altos Ventures, Roblox was seeking a CFO++. Arnold Partners delivered in finding Andy Chmyz to help lead the company in a new phase of growth. A year on, the company is thriving, moving up and to the right.
Cloud Cruiser – SaaS/Cloud
Backed by repeat venture relationship OnSet Ventures, Cloud Cruiser was an early stage company seeking a CFO to work side by side with the CEO to grow the company. With major partnerships with Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, the CEO wanted a sophisticated communicator who could represent Cloud Cruiser to customers, strategic partners and the investment community. We delivered exactly what he was looking for.
Direct Flow Medical – Medical Device
Backed by repeat venture relationship New Leaf Venture Partners, Direct Flow Medical sought a public markets CFO. Located in Santa Rosa, this posed a challenge as the talent pool was not as deep as anyone would have liked. Using our extensive network, we were able to find a slate of candidates and an ultimate winner in David Boyle.
LifeNexus – Healthcare Information Technology
Backed by sophisticated P/E investors, this cutting edge HIT company was seeking a business development-oriented CFO to help negotiate complex contracts with large insurance providers. Arnold Partners delivered a winning candidate but business conditions lead our client to put the search on hold. A win from a delivery standpoint none-the-less.
SI-Bone – Medical Device
Backed by repeat venture relationships Skyline Ventures and OrbiMed, the CEO of SI-Bone knew exactly what he wanted—and Arnold Partners delivered. The company is in a fast growth mode and Laura Francis, whom we placed as CFO, had an immediate impact. The search was a case study in collaboration and coordination, taking just 35 days.
Fractyl Labs – Platform Technology
Backed by repeat venture relationships with Domain Associates and Bessemer Venture Partners, Boston-based Fractyl Labs was another case study in how to have a successful CFO search. The CEO knew exactly what he was looking for and what he was not looking for! After conducting the search on his own, his laser focus on hiring Arnold Partners helped land Lisa Davidson in record time.
Paramit – Specialty Manufacturing
Paramit is a middle market P/E-backed specialty manufacturing company in Morgan Hill. After nine months of
looking on their own, the CEO from Direct Flow, who serves on their Board, suggested Arnold Partners to deliver results. In just a few weeks we had a strong slate of candidates and closed on the winner within just a few months.
Hercules Technology Growth Partners – VP Human Resources – Financial Services
Arnold Partners’ long-time relationship with the CEO at HTGC led him to call for a unique search for us—Vice President of Human Resources. Using our deep relationships we were able to deliver for him on short order. While not our core focus, it is proof that what matters most in search is having long-term relationships with the entire professional community.