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 outside 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.

Placements

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 94%.

News Briefings

Bespoke Partners Continues Expansion

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has strengthened its search staff with the addition of Brian Waivada as a partner. He will be based in the firm’s New York City office. “Brian is an experienced search leader and client manager, and we are excited to bring his knowledge and expertise to the Bespoke team,”

Bespoke Partners Adds CEO of Sales Benchmark Index as Board Member 

Board service can be one of the most rewarding career experiences: It’s an opportunity to see firsthand how another company operates at the highest levels and to work with – and learn from – accomplished, articulate and intelligent people. Its why many leaders decide to start down the path to the boardroom. It is also

Bespoke Partners Recruits Technology Officer for Clearlake Capital-backed Provation

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has assisted in the placement of Linda Buan as chief technology officer of Clearlake Capital Group-backed Provation. Ms. Buan had been serving as the company’s vice president, product development and operations. “Innovation, quality and service have long been defining characteristics of Provation’s software solutions, and our chief technology officer

Bespoke Partners Recruits CEO for Therapy Brands

San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has placed Kimberly O’Loughlin as the new CEO of Therapy Brands in Birmingham, AL. She replaces Shegun Otulana effective immediately. “Therapy Brands has achieved incredible growth over a short time and it’s exciting to continue to build our talented executive team with a proven leader like Kimberly,” said Mr. Otulana.

Press Releases

Bespoke Partners Appoints New Board Member

(July 1, 2020) Bespoke Partners is excited to announce the appointment of Matt Sharrers, CEO of Sales Benchmark Index (SBI), as a new Board Member. Matt was appointed to provide mentorship to Kristie Nova, CEO, as it relates to effectively scaling a professional services organization. “I have been tracking Matt and SBI for several years