About Arnold Partners

& Dave Arnold
Dave Arnold

Dave Arnold, President, Arnold Partners, LLC

Your strategic partner
in CFO & board search nationwide

Dave specializes in the recruitment of exceptional CFOs and Board Members for technology companies throughout the U.S. He works with Founders and CEOs backed by top-tier venture capital and with publicly traded companies. Since forming Arnold Partners in 2009, Dave has placed CFOs in almost all sub-sectors of technology, keeping abreast of the ever-changing tech landscape. Arnold Partners is established as the leading independent tech CFO resource delivering exponential value to clients and CFOs alike.

Dave is a sought-after voice for the tech and CFO communities having been cited by CFO Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Journals, USA Today, Money Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and a host of prominent, on-line career and CFO resource publications. An avid blogger opining on a wide variety of tech and career topics, Dave is followed by thousands on-line. He has also been a featured speaker and panelist at CFO-related conferences including FEI, ABFO, and BDO Roundtables.

Arnold Partners’ focus is completing assignments that result in direct contributions by placed CFOs to significant growth and profitability for their employers. To date, Arnold Partners’ placed CFOs have created billions of dollars in value in terms of market capitalization and merger and acquisition (M&A) exits.

A former finance and operations executive, Dave graduated from Loyola Marymount University and the Woodside Priory School. Dave was born and raised in Silicon Valley and currently lives and works in Los Gatos, California with his wife of 30+ years.

Our search process delivers value and lasting results

After listening deeply to your company’s specific circumstances and needs, Arnold Partners will go to work, bringing over 20 years of specialized experience to craft a plan that exceeds your hiring expectations. We offer a curated approach to CFO and Board search for technology companies that is customized for each client. We supplement this approach with cutting edge AI software technology to uncover passive candidates in your technology sector.

Our extensive network, built by staying focused on our niche, will give you the competitive advantage in attracting the top financial executives to ensure that your company will grow and thrive. Our targeted, effective search process continually demonstrates value creation and lasting results.


What clients say

Delivers world-class talent

“Having worked with Dave on multiple searches, I can attest to his ability to deliver world-class talent. In attracting our CFO, Dave worked closely with our Board and CEO to determine our needs and delivered on the specification. Subsequently, Dave recruited our VP of Finance to support the on-going success of our entire finance team which is now a well functioning team. Dave is tenacious in his drive but very easy to work with; he does not push candidates onto his client but he does provide a solid slate to choose from. Dave is a standout in the recruiting industry.”

John Owens Sentient Technologies
John Owens

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 CFOs who can handle the pressures and uncertainties of being a small-cap public company.”

Michael Silton Act One Ventures
Michael Silton

A great Job

“Dave did a great job assessing our needs and fit for an independent Director as Audit Chair. He quickly identified excellent candidates for us the met the high standards of our investors and executive team.”

Mark J. Forchette Delphinus
Mark J. Forchette

Commitment to quality

“I have worked with Dave as both a client and a CFO candidate. Both experiences with him are indicative of his commitment to quality service and building lasting relationships. As a hiring authority, Dave delivered a great candidate whom I have subsequently rehired. As a candidate, Dave put me in front of great opportunities and ultimately made sure the fit with my skills and style was right for his client. I recommend Dave without hesitation.”

John Buckley Apama Medical
John Buckley

Dave focused on the specifics

“As a strategic consultant to my clients as an investment banker, it is great to work with another consultant who keeps his client’s needs front a center. Dave focused on the specifics of our joint client and really delivered on his promises.”

Jeff Chung Vista Advisory Group
Jeff Chung

We are extremely happy with the results

“We had a difficult time finding the right fit for our company. Dave stuck to it. He ultimately helped us land a great CFO and we are extremely happy with the results.”

Kailash Ambwani Actiance, Inc.
Kailash Ambwani

Dave brings results

“Having worked with Dave on two public company CFO searches – simply put, Dave brings results. He has my full confidence and I recommend him without hesitation.”

Vince Angotti AcelRX
Vince Angotti

He delivers on his promises

“I have worked with Dave on multiple searches as a CEO, Founder and Venture investor. He is without hesitation the best search consultant – he is easy to do business with and delivers on his promises.”

Reza Zadno Avedro
Reza Zadno

High level of ethics second to none

“I have worked with Dave as a Board Member hiring a CFO, as a CFO hiring a VP Finance and as a candidate being placed by him. His commitment to quality and high level of ethics are second to none.”

Jeri Hilleman Director and Audit Committee Chair
Jeri Hilleman