About Us

At Bespoke Partners, we identify and recruit your next leaders the way we deliver our own — efficiently and effectively. We leverage a proven search process to build tier one executive teams that drive faster and higher returns for our private equity clients. We are a group of driven, responsive, and passionate people who have vigorously examined every aspect of the search process and applied unconventional methodologies to drive faster and more successful results.

We partner with leading private equity portfolio companies to recruit elite executives throughout the entire investment lifecycle.

In the early days of private equity, funds could generate outsized returns for their limited partners through financial engineering. As more firms entered the industry, forward-thinking funds implemented operational excellence into their portfolio companies. These firms continued to generate outsized returns and became market leaders. Today, most private equity firms have internal consulting groups and operating partners who can enhance productivity across their portfolio. However, this expertise is no longer enough.

There are more investors and capital than ever before and sales multiples are at an all-time high. Succeeding in this environment requires precision in recruiting elite talent.

Enter Bespoke Partners.

Who are we? We are a retained executive search firm dedicated to partnering with leading private equity firms to recruit exceptional talent at every stage of investment, from late venture to growth equity to buy out.

What are we passionate about? Talent. And how talented people work together. We help companies build the organization and talent they need to accelerate growth and exceed expectations.

How do we partner? Bespoke Partners works side-by-side with private equity firms to evaluate and recruit top quartile leaders throughout the entire investment lifecycle – from Diligence through Value Creation to Exit.

Achievements

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Solutions And Expertise

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  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
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Our search process is collaborative, thorough, accelerated and therefore effective. We kick off every search by conducting a comprehensive needs assessment. Out of the discussion we develop a detailed and weighted scorecard to assess for competency. We also spend time with the executive team to understand critical behavioral attributes for the role and culture to ensure successful transition into the organization. From there, we develop a tailored research and recruiting strategy to identify executives for the role that will have the right skill set and leadership profile. We leverage our previous searches and network in addition to conducting net new research and outreach to provide you with the most comprehensive view of the market and the most optionality for your search.

We conduct daily and weekly stand ups to review research and recruiting work flows. Throughout our search process, we provide you with access to the executives we are contacting along with feedback on how the opportunity is resonating in the market. We topgrade and back channel candidates through all phases of the search process to minimize surprises and ensure we understand every aspect of an executive’s candidacy. As a result our average time to close is 76 days and our candidate placement success rate is 99%.

News Briefings

Kristie Nova to Lead Bespoke Partners’ CEO Practice

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has just announced that founding partner Kristie Nova will lead the firm’s dedicated practice placing high-impact chief executive officers in private equity portfolio companies. “I’m thrilled to return to my roots and lead our search practice to bring exceptional CEOs to our clients. The CEO plays the most

4 Steps to Avoid Making a Bad Hire

The clock is ticking the minute the deal closes. How quickly can you execute on the value creation plan and work toward your new private equity backer’s investment thesis? Every portfolio company CEO then must ask the critical related question: Do I have the right team to make that happen? “Data we collect and analyze in our work

Bespoke Partners Places CFO at NMI

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners recently placed Scott Hart as the new CFO of NMI, a full commerce enablement technology company located in Schaumburg, IL. Vice president Katelyn Quaresma and principal Chelsea Mansfield led the assignment. Mr. Hart brings extensive expertise and a track record as a financial operator in tech-enabled growth companies, having previously worked

Bespoke Partners Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for BlueCat Networks

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners recently placed David Duncan as chief marketing officer of BlueCat Networks in Toronto. Katherine Baker and Kim Le led the assignment. “David’s experience and track record for leading and nurturing agile marketing teams is a tremendous asset,” said Stephen Devito, CEO of BlueCat. “His passion for DNS and extensive cybersecurity

Press Releases

Bespoke Partners Receives Strategic Investment from AEA Growth

July 21, 2022 – SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bespoke Partners, a leading provider of retained executive search and leadership advisory services for enterprise software companies, today announced that the firm has received a strategic investment from AEA Growth. “We are excited to collaborate with the team at AEA Growth to enhance our services and deliver even greater

Bespoke Partners Achieves Banner Year of Growth and Expansion

(Jan. 11, 2022) Bespoke Partners, a leading provider of accelerated executive search services for the private equity (PE) market, announced that the firm achieved record growth and expansion in 2021 as demand skyrocketed for its unique executive search and human capital advisory offerings. The firm marked its 10th year in business with revenue growth of 55

Bespoke Partners Opens East Coast Office, Welcomes New Vice President

(Nov. 9, 2021) Bespoke Partners, a leading provider of accelerated executive search services for the private equity (PE) market, announced today that it has opened a Philadelphia-area office, establishing the firm’s nationwide presence to meet surging demand for its services. “We are delighted to have such top caliber executives as Maria and Ned driving our

Bespoke Partners Welcomes New Partner

(Oct. 20, 2021) Bespoke Partners, a leading provider of accelerated executive search services for the private equity (PE) market, today announced that Tess Fischer is joining the firm as Partner. “Talent is the top driver enabling a portfolio company to achieve the investment thesis for a private equity investor. Bespoke is leading the industry in

Bespoke Partners Promotes Katelyn Quaresma to Partner

(Aug. 23, 2021) Bespoke Partners, a leading provider of retained executive search and leadership advisory services, announced today that Katelyn Quaresma has been promoted to Partner at the firm. Most recently serving as Vice President, Katelyn has been pivotal to driving Bespoke Partners’ rapid growth and advancing its industry-leading executive recruiting process for private equity-backed