September 13, 2022 – Daversa Partners, which helps build leadership teams for growth and venture-backed companies, has named Dan Marr as its newest managing director, bringing his eight years of search experience to the firm’s leadership team. “Dan is the kind of person you want to be around – he is fiercely competitive, has an infectious positive energy, and instills confidence in those around him,” said Gary Constance, partner at Daversa Partners. “I’ve had the pleasure of learning from and working with Dan over the years and it’s become increasingly clear that those who work with Dan genuinely care and trust him – characteristics that have allowed him to build a successful career thus far. I look forward to his bright future ahead.”
Mr. Marr’s ascension to managing director at Daversa Partners recognizes his expertise and dedication. His book of business includes building early and mid-staged enterprise technology companies with a focus on marketing, product, growth, sales, and general operations functions. Mr. Marr has experience in building out the executive teams at companies in SaaS business application, developer tools, big data/analytics, cloud computing, security, and mobile software and marketplaces. He is responsible for building the leadership teams at companies including Gong.io, Webflow, HackerOne, Arctic Wolf Networks, CloudBees, Shippo, Lacework, Apollo GraphQL, Sigma Computing, Lattice, and Flexport, among others.
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, FL; London; and Waterford, Conn. where the firm maintains a data and people analytics facility.
Daversa Partner recently expanded into Miami, “the country’s next hyper growth tech hub,” said the firm. Partner Nicolette Hartman will be leading the new location. She will be joined by three additional team members: Jodie Salzberg, Caroline Didelot, and Olivia Witmer. “This has been one of the most strategic decisions Daversa Partners has ever made,” said Ms. Hartman. “Building an office and presence in Miami that is intently focused on growing and developing impactful relationships that will move the needle for innovation is core to our company’s ethos. Daversa Partners is excited to get in on the ground level, and I am thrilled to make this move.”
With Miami mayor Francis X. Suarez and a crowd of investors at the helm, from Founders Fund’s Keith Rabois to Ben Ling of Bling Capital, funding to Miami-based start-ups soared in 2021, with Q4 2021 alone seeing a record $2.2 billion invested into the city’s tech ecosystem
For three decades, Daversa Partners has built leading management teams across disruptive companies, focused on serving the founder and funder community. Having worked alongside VC and PE firms like Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Bling Capital, Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Ventures, Accel, Bessemer, TPG, KKR, and Blackstone, Daversa Partners has helped build over 10,000 tech companies.
“Daversa Partners is an important partner in the global venture and start-up community. Their presence in Miami will help accelerate and attract top talent to the city,” said Mr. Ling, founder and general partner of Bling Capital, which relocated to Miami from San Francisco last year.
Earlier this summer, Daversa Partners appointed Samantha Pernice as its newest managing director. Ms. Pernice brings eight years of search experience to the firm’s leadership team. Ms. Pernice’s rise to managing director at Daversa Partners recognizes her relentless drive, search work expertise, and dedication to continued learning and development, according to the firm. Her book of business includes building mission-oriented companies within artificial intelligence and climate tech, with an affinity for engineering, data, and product functions.
Ms. Pernice has played an integral role building out the firm’s sustainability and technology practices and is responsible for building the leadership teams for companies including Dataminr, Arcadia Power, Compass, Petal, SKIMS, and the New York Times as well as partnering with venture capital firms including Thrive Capital and Energy Impact Partners, among others.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media