Curtis Wise Appointed Senior Director at ECA Partners

SANTA MONICA, Calif., November 3, 2023 – ECA Partners, a Santa Monica-based boutique search firm, announced the appointment of Curtis Wise as a senior director. Curtis Wise, with his distinguished career in private equity and financial services, brings valuable expertise to this vital role.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, ECA Partners is an innovative tech-enabled executive search firm with more than 400 clients, the majority being private equity and investor-owned companies. ECA works with clients to place executives in full-time or interim roles, spanning from portfolio company CEOs and CFOs to a robust freelance business staffing on-demand MBB consultants on short-term engagements. ECA has become a Top 50 search firm through a proprietary, evidence-based approach developed by Atta Tarki, ECA’s founder and managing partner of Nobel Investments, a private family office.

ECA Partners is committed to providing innovative executive search solutions for their private equity and corporate strategy clients. Managing director Jason Blonstein outlined how Curtis’s expertise will prove integral to the company’s next phase of growth: “We are thrilled to have Curtis Wise join ECA as a senior director. As ECA continues to grow, Curtis will help us reach new customers with his strong background in business development in both private equity and financial services.”

Curtis has held key positions in the PE industry, including his prior role as director at Apex Leaders, a firm specializing in connecting private equity firms with seasoned executives and industry experts. Apex Leaders caters to due diligence, sector thesis development, and portfolio advancement support, offering critical solutions for private equity clients.

Before his tenure at Apex Leaders, Curtis dedicated eight years to wealth management and FinTech, further enriching his background in financial services.

As ECA managing director Burt Francis attests, “Curtis brings significant experience in lower middle-market and middle market private equity, as ECA continues to expand in the space. Most notably, he comes with a strong track record of supporting his PE clients on critical talent needs both during and after the transaction process. We’re excited to have him on board!”

Sharing his enthusiasm for his new role, Curtis commented, “Joining ECA Partners is not just a new chapter in my professional journey, but a significant leap forward. The depth of expertise within the team, coupled with the firm’s unwavering dedication to its clients, truly stands out. I see a vast landscape of opportunities ahead, and I’m wholeheartedly committed to adding value to ECA while continuing my personal and professional evolution with such a dynamic team.”

About ECA
ECA Partners is a Top-50 boutique executive search firm, focused on strategy, operations, and finance talent serving private equity and private equity portfolio companies, for interim, project and full-time talent needs. The firm has been in operation since 2010 and has more than 400 clients.

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About Nobel Investments
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Nobel Investments invests in B2B services companies with a focus on recruiting and talent. Since its founding in 2020, Nobel has made four major investments: ECA Partners, TalentCompass, Bulletin, and SellingBee.

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