September 23, 2021 – Daversa Partners, which helps build leadership teams for growth and venture-backed companies, named Lindsay Angelillo to the firm’s managing directorship, bringing her expertise in the engineering and product functions to the Daversa leadership team. “Lindsay is one of those very special leaders in our firm that compels people to take risks, defy adversity and move the goal line every day,” said Paul Daversa, CEO. “She is also becoming that voice in the engineering and product community of start-ups. She has become an incredible voice for the LGBTQ tech community and has inspired an outpouring of support and admiration within our company. She is a humble, selfless, fierce leader within our firm who always prioritizes the development of others while delivering unparalleled talent. She is a force to be reckoned with in this industry.”
Ms. Angelillo joined Daversa Partners in 2014 and has become the lead recruiter for the firm’s technology and product practice, leading top VP of engineering, VP product, chief product officer and chief technology officer searches. “She attacks her work with urgency, hustle, and enthusiasm delivering unparalleled results to her clients — while persistently keeping their best interests at the forefront of every search,” said Mr. Daversa. Ms. Angelillo has built the executive technology leadership teams for some of today’s top consumer and SaaS firms including Airtable, Bowery Farming, Root, Dapper Labs, Galileo, Slice, Orum, Zuora, Oscar Health, Cadence, Check, Exos, Glassdoor, Workfusion, RapidSOS and Relay Payments.
In addition to her search work, Ms. Angelillo has been a champion for underrepresented groups, and has dedicated much of her career to placing women, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented groups into leadership roles. She has been honored by Crain’s New York Business as No. 2 on their list of Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives and has authored a thought leadership piece on the underrepresentation of women in engineering, featuring two of the industry’s top female CTOs, Yvette Pasqua and Christina Wick.
“Joining Daversa at such a young age truly helped shape who I am professionally and personally in ways I never thought possible,” said Ms. Angelillo. “I’ve worked incredibly hard to not only build an exceptionally strong network in engineering and product, but to also deliver a reputable world class executive search experience to my clients. I have witnessed that being a founder and CEO is one of the most difficult jobs, and there is nothing more rewarding than matching the right person with the right team.”
“It also became apparent to me from the beginning of my career that I not only wanted to be a great headhunter, but I wanted to be an advocate and champion for underrepresented groups in this industry,” Ms. Angelillo said. “Daversa Partners has helped me accomplish exactly that, and they have supported and trusted me along the way. To Paul, Laura and the entire leadership team, thank you for instilling in me a sense of community where hard work, tenacity, and most importantly, standing for what you believe in, is always encouraged and celebrated.”
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. where the firm maintains a data and people analytics facility.
Daversa Partners Adds Two More Partners
Daversa Partners 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.”
Just recently, Daversa Partners named Joe Suliman as managing director and leader of its Boston practice. “The firm is excited to continue to build world-class leadership teams for high growth technology companies in the Boston and Greater Boston markets, and there is no one better suited to lead us than Joe,” said Mr. Daversa. “He has been an extraordinary asset to our San Francisco team over the past eight years and has built meaningful relationships with many of Silicon Valley’s brightest and most disruptive companies and executives. His experience in San Francisco has been invaluable to his growth and development, and I look forward to witnessing that expertise translate to the Boston market as he propels us into this exciting new chapter of growth.”
For the last eight years, Mr. Suliman has helped lead the firm’s technology practice out of San Francisco and has worked directly with consumer and enterprise businesses ranging from pre-revenue ground-ups to multibillion-dollar public companies. He has deep functional expertise in product, engineering and general management having placed over 100 executives in most industry sectors including consumer internet, enterprise SaaS, mobility, robotics, security and fintech.
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 oversees people strategy and operations ensuring the company continues to invest in its culture of collaboration, learning and development. Previously, she was chief people officer for Eyeview. Ms. Libatique joined 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.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media