September 7, 2021 – Executive search firm Calibre One has appointed Victoria Lakers as a partner based in San Diego. Ms. Lakers is a dual specialist in C-suite placements for innovative mission-driven consumer businesses and investor-backed B2B software companies. “Victoria’s rigorous search process is complemented by her broad experience in private equity and as a successful entrepreneur. She leverages this perspective to truly understand the challenges executives face in scaling investor-backed organizations,” said Tom Barnes, managing partner. “She’s skilled at accurately gauging the capabilities and competencies needed for the next stage of growth for her clients.”
Before joining Calibre One, Ms. Lakers was a partner at boutique search firm The Lancer Group focused on C-suite and board placements for private equity-backed portfolio companies, where she also led its diversity practice. While there she launched the inaugural “Top 25 Women in PE-Backed Software” list, an investor-nominated roster of top leaders in software, which has received generous industry recognition and attention. The list highlights the accomplishments of successful women executives leading high-performing and fast-growing organizations.
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Prior to her career in executive search, Ms. Lakers served in multiple executive roles for investor-backed sustainability-focused technology start-ups including chief operating officer, chief financial officer and country general manager. Additionally, she spent six years in private equity at Water Asset Management and at Apollo Global Management working with some of the country’s largest institutional investors. A frequent speaker on topics including investing and entrepreneurship, she is on the board for the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the San Diego chapter of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel group in the country. She has been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego’s 40 Business Leaders Under 40, and she is member of the Forbes Business Council, writing regularly on topics that include organizational hiring practices, leadership and relationships and other relevant matters.
An international recruiting boutique specializing in working with technology-centric businesses at all stages of development, Calibre One’s client list includes AMEX, Flex, eBay, Expedia, NetSuite, Monster, TripAdvisor, Symantec, and Fiserv & Hearst. Established in 1999, the firm has offices in San Francisco, London, New York, and Singapore. Calibre One specializes in managing high-level executive searches for software, hardware, business services, communications, cleantech and internet businesses; the firm also works with leading investors in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Israel.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media