Focus Search Acquires Charlson Partners

March 28, 2016 – Focus Search Partners, the executive search division of Vaco, has acquired San Francisco-based search firm Charlson Partners. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move enables Focus Search to expand into the technology sector.

Charlson Partners conducts senior executive search assignments for enterprise technology and service companies. Its client base includes some of the largest enterprise technology platforms, as well as some of Silicon Valley’s better known equity-owned and venture capital-backed organizations.

Founder Adam Charlson has recruited senior leaders for a wide variety of companies in the space, including Adobe Systems, Cisco, Cornerstone OnDemand, Convergys, DataPipe, Experian, FICO, Google, HP, Infor Global Solutions, Informatica, JDA Software, Microsoft, PayPal, Progress Software, Salesforce.com, SAP, Sitel, TeleTech, and Verint, among others.

Mr. Charlson has over 20 years of recruiting experience, having served as a senior partner and global software practice leader at Korn Ferry, and as a search consultant with Spencer Stuart.


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“It is amazing how similar Charlson Partners and Focus Search are in culture and mission. I am confident that this partnership will allow us to provide even better service to new and existing clients,” said Mr. Charlson.

“Charlson Partners’ commitment to placing the best talent with the best companies perfectly aligns with our long term goals,” said Paul Frankenberg, managing partner of Focus Search. “With the support of our parent company Vaco we plan to continue growing and expanding our service offerings nationwide.”

Vaco offers consulting, contract and direct hire solutions in a number of sectors, including accounting, finance, technology, healthcare, operations, and administration, among others. Since its founding in 2002, it has expanded to more than 30 offices.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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