June 10, 2021 – Executive search firm Daversa Partners, which serves the technology sector, has named Nicolette Stanise as the firm’s 14th partner. Ms. Stanise, a leader within the firm’s consumer practice, has spent the last decade building executive teams for some of the most disruptive consumer and healthcare start-ups across the globe. She recently built out the vice president and C-level leadership teams at Peloton, Warby Parker, FIGS, Wildlife Studios, Tend, Clover Health, Lola, Athletic Brewing, Honor, Houzz, Kodiak Cakes, and Cerebelly, among others. Ms. Stanise has also been recognized for her work for top venture capital and private equity firms, including Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia, Tiger Global, Accel and Greenoaks Capital.
“The tangible impact that Nicolette has had on this firm for the past eight years has been unparalleled,” said CEO Paul Daversa. “Her natural ability to lead, combined with her unmatched work ethic is how she built her reputation in market as a top tier headhunter that delivers game changing talent with aggressive speed.”
“For the last eight years I have been fortunate enough to work side by side with some of the best team members, mentors and leaders that technology has to offer,” said Ms. Stanise. “To Paul and the entire partnership, I am immensely grateful that you have always been a part of my journey but especially thankful for the emphasis that Daversa Partners puts on continuous and never ending learning and development. This, without a doubt, has played a leading role in my success both at the firm and in industry.”
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, Conn., the firm has offices in New York; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Orlando; London; and Waterford, Conn.
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 firm’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.
“I could not be more excited to announce the promotion of Frank to partner,” said Mr. Daversa at the time. “His commitment to leadership over the last decade has been unapparelled, as was his resounding show of resiliency and stability he provided to the firm over the last 12 months.”
A Commitment to Women
Also in April, the firm named Katie Fischer managing director. “This appointment further solidifies the company’s commitment to developing and recognizing extraordinary women at all levels across the firm and throughout the executive search ranks,” said the search firm. Daversa Partners’ global workforce is represented by 64 percent women, and 58 percent across its senior leadership team.
Ms. Fischer joined Daversa Partners in 2011 as a founding member of the firm’s fast-growing technology practice in New York. She has spent her career delivering transformational VP- and C-level engineering, product, and marketing leadership for consumer Internet and enterprise software companies. Her clients include Squarespace, Oscar, Klaviyo, Fast Radius, SentinelOne Dragos, NewsCred, Rubrik, Cityblock Health, Freshly, Spanx, The Player’s Tribune, Codecademy and Stride Health among others.
“Daversa Partners would not be ‘who we are’ today or where we are in market without the extraordinary women who have been leading from the front for the past 25-plus years,” said Mr. Daversa. “The majority of the firm, as well as my senior partnership are female executives; and leaders like Katie bring tremendous impact to our industry as a whole. Watching Katie grow into the determined, resilient and ambitious leader she is today has been a highlight of my career. She is a role model and mentor to all women (and men) across the firm, and wholeheartedly invests in the success and growth of our employees, at all levels.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media