About Us

SmoochUnplugged, LLC is a high octane, global talent consulting firm that offers Investor Relations Officer and Chief Communications Officer executive search and strategic human capital advisory specifically directed toward financial market success and corporate brand stewardship. The firm’s CEO is recognized as a market maker with respected investment community leaders, Boards of Directors, and management teams, with a charter to solve human capital challenges through  innovative, provocative and impactful collaborations with clients and talent around the world. www.smoochunplugged.com.

With 30 years of laser sharp focus in the Investor Relations Officer niche, SmoochUnplugged’s portfolio of success spans clients in all industries and across all sectors of the public company journey from pre-IPO to mega cap entities. SmoochUnplugged has had tremendous success partnering with recognized PE firms to recruit exceptional IRO talent who serve as their portfolio companies’ stewards of brand leadership as these entities transition to the public markets. Viewed as the global Investor Relations executive search leader, the Firm’s credible and respected brand and performance extends from North America to Europe to Asia.

In addition, the Firm is also known for its keen strategic Chief Communications Officer placement for which management teams and Board of Directors value the advisory discussions and counsel as it relates to leveraging these professionals as catalysts and influencers of positive outcomes for their organizations.

Us: High Octane – Influencers – Impact-Driven Human Capital Solutions Architects.
Our Clients: Serious-Minded Leaders – Innovators of Change – Focused.
Our Talent: Thought Leaders – Performance Driven – Corporate Athletes.

Universe of Clients

Recent Placements

Our Team


After more than 25 years as a globally recognized executive search consultant, Smooch Repovich Rosenberg has her finger on the pulse of global Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and has had tremendous success leveraging human capital strategies to create high-octane, superior performing functions. She has the unique ability to see around corners and readily identify solutions to human capital challenges that advance company valuation.

A true innovator in her field, Smooch effectively pioneered IR executive search and is now considered a key catalyst in evolving the profession to the level of respect it commands today. She is known as a leading authority on the intangible leadership traits that define the top 20% of Investor Relations and Chief Communications Officers globally.

Today, she utilizes her sharp business acumen to serve clients ranging in size from pre-IPO startups to Fortune 100 corporations as a C-Suite executive search consultant, talent acquisition strategist, and leadership coach.

In addition, Smooch regularly contributes thought leadership pieces to industry publications and myriad media sources, shares her thoughts in interviews and podcasts, and engages with numerous professional organizations as a sought-after speaker. As the only executive recruiter awarded with the prestigious title of NIRI Fellow, she is considered a peer by Investor Relations Officers around the globe.

Solutions And Expertise

High-Impact IRO and CCO Recruiting Services
The financial markets knowledge and strategic brand stewardship provided by high-performing Investor Relations Officers and Chief Communications Officers, respectively, almost invariably results in game-changing success for our clients. This is why we focus exclusively on recruiting candidates and advising clients regarding these specific roles. It’s our laser sharp focus in this niche that has allowed us to be market makers for both our clients and the candidates with whom we work.

Valuation & brand distinction starts with innovative thinking and savvy talent…recruiting exceptional talent is our firm’s mantra.
Our strategic partnership with clients is to focus on the additive value of recruiting the RIGHT talent into two of the most critical and influential roles that are an integral part of today’s corporate leadership team and Board of Directors’ thinking – the Investor Relations Officer and Chief Communications Officer positions. At the intersection of all strategic business decisions and risk assessment, these two executives are the stewards of:

  • Serving as internal business partners across the leadership team and with the Board of Directors to ensure consistency of strategic messaging across all platforms with all audiences
  • Conducting themselves as a visionary and transformative leader who is viewed as a credible partner to management as it relates to the investment community and myriad other constituencies
  • Partnering with management to assess external threats and determining the communications around those issues that will allow the company to stay focused on its core business
  • Framing and advancing the directional aspects of a company’s brand such that all constituencies understand the compelling nature of the business and management team decisions
  • Serving as stewards of transparency on myriad subjects germane to a company’s viability and credibility
  • Advisory Services
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Succession Planning
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Agriculture
  • Asset Management
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Clinical Research
  • Cloud Based
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Devices
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • FinTech
  • Global Markets
  • Healthcare Services
  • Hedge Funds
  • High Tech
  • Industrial Products
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Investment Banking
  • Investment Mgmt.
  • Luxury
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil & Gas
  • Payments/Processes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Supply Chain
  • Transportation
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Communications/PR
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Investor Relations
  • Medical/Clinical

News Briefings

For PE Firms, a Call to Embrace ESG

Despite growing support for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, many private equity firms have dismissed the concept. In a report last summer, McKinsey & Company cited four main criticisms of ESG – that it distracts from companies’ ultimate mission of creating profits, that it’s not feasible, that it’s not adequately measurable, and that even

Creating a New Paradigm for the Work World

Smooch Repovich Rosenberg believes that we are at a pivotal point in which leaders at organizations everywhere can help change the world when it comes to inclusivity and corporate culture. These late-to post-pandemic days hold a rare opportunity, she says, for senior-most executives to effect change on a grand scale, and what’s more, improve their

Hunt Scanlon Looks Back at a Whirlwind Year in Executive Recruiting

Like every year, there were searches that caught the entire recruitment industry’s eye, and left competitors a bit envious that they had not won the assignment. Our story about TurnkeyZRG’s placement of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, nearing the end of his last term in office, as the new head of the National Collegiate Athletic Association

The Benefits of Having a Diverse Skill-Set

Regardless of industry, size, or goals, every organization will face its own set of ongoing challenges, from new competitors and market fluctuations, to media scrutiny, to evolving technologies. A leadership team and board that embraces a diverse combination of skill-sets and perspectives is better equipped to navigate challenges as they arise. A recent analysis by

Press Releases

SmoochUnplugged Announces Placement of Four Global IRO Executives

Los Angeles, CA, August 18, 2022] – SmoochUnplugged, LLC, a human capital advisory firm focused on Investor Relations Officer and Chief Communications Officer talent acquisition, is pleased to announce that it has led successful placements of Investor Relations Officers as key leaders: Susan M. Donofrio, Trane Technologies, Director, Investor Relations Najim Mostamand, CFA, PRA Group,

SmoochUnplugged Announces Placement of Two Candidates in April

(May 5, 2022) SmoochUnplugged, LLC, a human capital advisory firm focused on Investor Relations Officer and Chief Communications Officer talent acquisition, is pleased to announce that it has led successful placements of Investor Relations Officers as key leaders: Karen Blomquist, P3 Health Partners, Vice President, Investor Relations Faten Freiha, BrightView Holdings, Inc., Vice President, Investor

SmoochUnplugged Announces Placement of Six Candidates Since Firm Launch in July 2021

(Feb. 8, 2022) SmoochUnplugged, LLC, a human capital advisory firm focused on Investor Relations Officer and Chief Communications Officer talent acquisition, is pleased to announce that it has led successful placements of key leaders in these functions with companies in the life science, consumer, industrial, and technology industries: • Scott Schmitz, Zeta Global, Vice President,


Smooch’s Expert View
Management consultants and global economists: Two emerging backgrounds for IR professionals – February 2nd, 2022
‘Everyone should have a career bucket list’: How to find direction in your IR career – January 19, 2022
IR Careers: How to Navigate the Investor Relations Hiring Frenzy – January 11, 2022
West Coast Think Tank 2 – August 21, 2021
Equality in IR Virtual Forum – February 4, 2021

To read all of Smooch’s Thought Leadership, please visit here.

Where is Smooch Next?Smooch’s Past & Upcoming Events


Off the Record with Smooch – Episode 2
Off the Record with Smooch – Episode 1
The changing career path of CFOs and what it means for investor relations
‘Half of Our Clients Want a Driver of ESG’: The Growing Importance of Sustainability to IR Careers
How many CEOs have an IR background? More than you think, says executive search consultant
IR careers: How to navigate the investor relations hiring frenzy
Everyone should have a career bucket list’: How to find direction in your IR career
Management Consultants and Global Economists: Two Emerging Backgrounds for IR Professionals