August 23, 2021 – Executive search firm Daversa Partners, which serves the technology sector, has appointed Alex Lebow and Paige Kuderka as the firm’s newest partners. “It has been an absolute pleasure to watch Alex and Paige grow over the years, both professionally and personally,” said CEO Paul Daversa. “Their combined dedication to the firm has been apparent from day one as they have forged deep rooted relationships in industry, continuously delivered game-changing talent to their clients, and have always put an emphasis on learning and development across their teams. The impact that these two will have as partners is immeasurable as they will deepen our leadership team’s focus on product-led growth companies and the growing creator economy. I am excited to welcome them to this new chapter of their careers at Daversa.”
Ms. Kuderka, who has been with Daversa Partners for over 10 years, joins a long and growing roster of female leaders who are shaping the firm. She is focused on emerging trends and industries and has a knack for finding talent with analogous experiences who bring a diversity of thought to industries being disrupted or built. She splits her time between NYC, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco and has industry experience in the convergence of AI, consumer and govtech. Throughout her tenure at Daversa, she has built out the executive teams for a number of start-ups and well-established technology focused companies in these categories. Her work includes C-level placements at Spotify, Eventbrite, Uber, Postmates, Planet Labs, Patreon, SoulCycle, Etsy, Honey, Compass, Matterport, Dollar Shave Club, IonQ, Epirus and others. She has built out teams for top venture capital firms such as NEA, Benchmark Capital, Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
“From continuous professional development to the firm’s pay-it-forward mentality, Daversa is a company that truly embodies the term ‘endless possibilities’ and is a place where no glass ceilings exist,” said Ms. Kuderka. “The mentorship I have received from Paul and the leadership team throughout my career at Daversa has shaped me into the leader I am today. I’m incredibly excited and also very humbled to work alongside such an impactful group of leaders at this firm.”
Mr. Lebow, with over a decade of experience at Daversa, has been instrumental in helping grow both the New York City and Los Angeles practices. For the last 12 years he has worked closely with top-tier VC firms such as Bond, Bessemer, Benchmark, SoftBank, Upfront and Expa, among others. Mr. Lebow has a portfolio of platform and consumer projects, some of his most recent including senior placements at Brex, Hippo Insurance, C2FO, Dapper Labs, Calendly, Routable, 100Thieves, CURRENT, Sprout Social, Hipcamp, Wildlife Studios and Phantom Auto.
“It’s really rare to find a company where you can witness the growth and tangible impact it has on an industry over the years,” said Mr. Lebow. “To be a part of that forward momentum and lasting change has been incredibly rewarding. I have Paul and the partnership to thank for countless years of training, development and most importantly mentorship as I step into my new role as partner.”
Daversa Partners, founded in 1993, builds executive teams for growth stage and venture backed companies. Its global footprint spans two continents and eight offices, giving its teams visibility into the entirety of the market. Daversa is dedicated to developing meaningful relationships with entrepreneurs, executives and investors across consumer and enterprise businesses. In addition to its primary location in Westport, CT, the firm has offices in New York; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Orlando, FL; London; and Waterford, CT.
In July, Daversa Partners named Amy Dolan as its chief people officer and Maggie Libatique as chief financial officer. “I speak on behalf of the entire leadership team when I say we are thrilled to have Amy and Maggie on board and are excited to witness the growth and success our firm will experience thanks to their expertise,” said Mr. Daversa.
As Daversa’s chief people officer, Ms. Dolan will oversee people strategy and operations ensuring the company continues to invest in its unparalleled culture of collaboration, learning and development. Previously, she was chief people officer for Eyeview. Ms. Libatique joins Daversa Partners as the firm’s CFO, overseeing accounting, finance, information technology, planning and treasury. She started her career in public accounting, but quickly moved on to corporate accounting roles at Otis Elevator world headquarters, EquiPower Resources Corp. and Lydall.
In April, Daversa appointed Frank Cumella to the firm’s partnership. Mr. Cumella joined 13 other partners at the time who have each spent an average of 15 years with the firm. He has played a crucial role in building out the firm’s New York practice and is currently spearheading the organization’s aggressive push into Boston across robotics, healthcare, big data and cloud computing. Mr. Cumella continues to focus on building the senior management teams for high growth, early- and mid-stage enterprise software and consumer internet companies, as well as influential public technology businesses which include Deep Instinct, Collibra, UiPath, BigID, Berkshire Grey and Cloudbees.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media