February 23, 2022 – Daversa Partners, which helps build leadership teams for growth and venture-backed companies, has assisted in the recruitment of Meghan Lapides as the new chief people officer of SmartAsset, an online destination for financial information and advice and a national marketplace connecting consumers to financial advisors. Associate director Emma Sullivan and director Samantha Pernice led the assignment. Joining the company’s executive leadership team and reporting to co-founder and CEO Michael Carvin, Ms. Lapides will oversee and scale a fully integrated people discipline that will help drive aggressive growth and expansion. In this new role, she will be responsible for all aspects of SmartAsset’s human resources department and strategy, including talent acquisition and management, onboarding, leadership development, compensation and benefits, culture and engagement, diversity and inclusion, and employee relations.
“As a growing fintech unicorn with a fully distributed workforce, we’re extremely excited to have Meghan join our leadership team,” said Mr. Carvin. “She is a solutions-oriented leader with a proven capability to develop and align the people strategy with the business strategy. We want to build a world-class environment for our people to prosper and our business to thrive. Meghan has a wealth of experience in attracting, hiring, developing, retaining and managing people and is going to be instrumental to the future success of SmartAsset.”
Ms. Lapides brings more than 20 years of professional experience in human resources and operational management for well-regarded organizations. Prior to joining SmartAsset, she served as SVP, people at Vimeo where she introduced and implemented structural improvements at scale, increased operational efficiencies, and helped scale the overall and people team headcount. Before joining Vimeo, Ms. Lapides was the SVP, people experience and talent at Foursquare.
SmartAsset continues to experience rapid growth, adding 144 new employees across the U.S. in 2021 alone, bringing its total full-time headcount to 253 (as of January).
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.
Ms. Sullivan’s expertise includes product, engineering and operations searches on both the East and West coasts. Some of her most recent work includes Coursera, Benchling, Lattice and Grammarly.
Ms. Pernice has played a critical role in building out the VP and C-level management teams. She has a deep network and expertise in recruiting for senior engineering, data/machine learning and product functions, as well as operations and marketing. Ms. Pernice has partnered with the majority of the tier-1 venture firms such as Khosla, Thrive Capital, Andreessen, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital, Sequoia Capital and Venrock, and has built the leadership teams for Compass, Dataminr, Zocdoc, WeWork, Nutanix, DigitalOcean, Snapchat, Grubhub and Etsy among others.
Daversa Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of Traunza Adams as chief people officer of H1, which provides the largest global healthcare platform that connects healthcare professionals. Director Meagan Flynn and partner Peter Baiocco led the assignment. “H1 has hired talent at an extraordinary pace, especially in the last 12 months,” said Ariel Katz, co-founder and CEO of H1. “It’s imperative that we continue to hire creative and dedicated professionals and promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging as part of our core values. Traunza is the perfect executive to lead this charge based on her stellar track record, and we’re very excited to have her join the leadership team.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media