About Us

Founded in 2002, Riviera Partners is a leading retained executive search firm focused exclusively on product and technology executive leadership for the most innovative companies and visionary investors. Riviera brings an innovative approach to the industry, combining deep recruiting expertise, data driven insights and machine learning to identify and deliver the best C-suite and direct report executive talent across engineering, product and design to our clients.

Riviera delivers recruiting and advisory services to our clients globally through our unparalleled relationships, world class team, proven methodology and state of the art technology and data platform. Our platform enables Riviera to leverage its collective network, relationships and years of accumulated data-driven insights on behalf of our clients to create efficiency, ensure collaboration and provide full transparency throughout the search process.

Riviera partners with both private and public-sector clients, regardless size, stage of growth or industry segment. Specialization on the product development lifecycle differentiates Riviera – our executive search professionals bring unmatched domain expertise across engineering, product and design to deliver successful outcomes for our clients.

Based in San Francisco with offices in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York and Bozeman, MT, Riviera has placed C-suite and direct report executives in all leading technology markets, including San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, New York, Boston, Chicago, Austin and Southern California.

Achievements

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • Board Services
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Search
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Recruitment Research
Industries
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Cloud Based
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Devices
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Hedge Funds
  • High Tech
  • Industrial
  • Internet
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Machine Learning
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile
  • Payments/Processes
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Venture Capital
Functions
  • Data/Analytics
  • Information/Digital
  • Research & Develop.

News Briefings

Riviera Partners Names Practice Leaders

Riviera Partners, a recruitment provider specializing in C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, has appointed Eoin O’Toole and Eric Larson, alongside managing partners Ali Behnam and Michael Morell, to lead four newly implemented, specialized practices within the firm. Mr. O’Toole will manage the emerging and early-stage practice; Mr. Behnam will run the mid- to late-stage venture-backed practice; Mr.

Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since Onset of Pandemic

The Labor Department reported this morning that 576,000 Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 25,000 from 744,000 to 769,000. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected 700,000 filings. Since last February,

Riviera Partners Acquires Arete Partners, Creates Riviera Ventures

Acquisitions and consolidations continue to make news in the recruiting industry, with a number of notable purchases in recent months. Riviera Partners, a recruitment provider specializing in C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, has acquired Arete Partners. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Arete Partners team will form the foundation of

Riviera Partners Adds Business Development and Executive Recruiting Leaders

Riviera Partners, a recruitment provider specializing in C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, recently added two new members to its team. Jack Gage, previously with GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group), becomes vice president of channel strategy and business development, and Bobby Gormsen, who had been with Frame.io, is the firm’s new director, executive recruiting. Mr. Gage joins Riviera

Press Releases

Riviera Partners Raises $25 Million in Growth Capital

SAN FRANCISCO — June 4, 2019 – Riviera Partners, a  leading retained search firm specializing in placements of executive leadership in engineering, product and design talent, today announced that it has closed a minority investment of $25 million led by the growth equity teams at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors and ROCA Partners. The financing will be used to fund

Riviera Partners Closes 2018 with 50 Percent Growth

SAN FRANCISCO — March 20, 2019 – Riviera Partners, the leading retained search firm specializing in VP and C-level engineering, product and design leader placements, today summarized its 2018 performance with 50 percent growth, aggressive expansion in New York, and the appointment of four seasoned recruiters as partners. Riviera Partners is sought after by companies whose success depends

Riviera Partners Expands in New York, Acquires Bamboo Talent

SAN FRANCISCO – February 5, 2019 – Riviera Partners, the leader in retained search for engineering, product management and design leadership, today announced the acquisition of New York-based Bamboo Talent. Riviera Partners’ proprietary recruiting platform combined with Bamboo Talent’s vertical specialization and market-specific expertise will allow the combined entity to better serve an impressive, national

Atlanta Based Alpha Advisors Joins Forces With Riviera Partners

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 1, 2018 – Riviera Partners, recognized globally as the premier Executive Search firm for Engineering, Product and Design leadership talent announced today that Alpha Advisors and its founder, executive search veteran Jeff Campbell, have joined forces to drive Riviera’s continued expansion. Prior to joining Riviera, Campbell founded and built Alpha Advisors, a boutique search firm

Multimedia

Finding the Right Technology Visionary to Lead Your Digital Transformation

In this brand new episode of ‘Talent Talks,’ we are joined alongside Iain Grant, senior partner of Riviera Partners. In this exclusive podcast, Mr. Grant examines how to recruit the most fit executive to lead a digital transformation. Financial services, real estate, and healthcare are all industries ripe for the next wave of digital transformation