Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Arnold Partners and our Senior Financial Executive Search Process

How long has Arnold Partners been in business?

AP has been 100% focused on placing CFOs since 2009. Dave has been in executive search since 1998 and in the recruiting industry since 1990. As of  2020 we are providing Board of Director recruitment services.

How current is your network of CFOs?

We meet 3 to 4 CFOs every week and communicate with our network frequently to further develop those relationships. Our LinkedIn profile is in the top .05% in terms of views per month of all recruiters in the US.

Do you have capacity to take on a new client?

We contractually limit the number of active searches we work on at any given time to a maximum of four. Please contact us and we can discuss your needs and timing.

What differentiates Arnold Partners from other search firms?

We have found that listening deeply to understand our client’s needs, hard work, and honesty and an extensive network of top-tier CFOs, gets the job done better than flashy claims. We have the numbers to back up our track record of success: Our CFO placement rate since 2009 is 30% higher than the industry average (96.5 vs 75%).

What is your track record of providing a diversity of candidates?

As of January 2020, we have placed 71 CFOs and 17 of those were female. That is almost double the national average in terms of gender diversity for technology companies (17% vs. 10%).

What geographical areas do you cover?

We have completed searches from Boston to San Diego and New York to Boise, ID.

What would prevent you from taking on a client?

We require that a few things are in place: An independent Board, a collaborative relationship with the CEO, and financial solvency. We broadly focus on technology companies from Biotech to Hardware and every Tech niche in between.

I am a CFO looking to make a change confidentially. How do I work with you?

When working with Arnold Partners your confidentiality is assured.

People are saying…

“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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 Silton Act One Ventures
Michael Silton

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