About Us

EXECUTIVE SEARCH FOR INNOVATORS

We connect top executive talent to the world’s best and fastest-growing innovators across the country.

Who We Are
SPMB builds executive teams that ensure venture capital and private equity-backed game-changers achieve scale, and position multi-billion-dollar public companies to unlock innovation.

  • We specialize in recruiting upper management and board members to growth-oriented companies in technology, consumer, media, financial, health, transportation, and sustainability industries.
  • Best of both worlds — we bring the knowledge of a large, global firm and combine it with the personalized service and attention of a boutique.
  • Closing hundreds of C-level searches annually, we’re maniacally focused on achieving results for our clients.

Where We Came From
For over 40 years, SPMB has worked alongside our clients through tech booms & busts, market peaks & troughs, and rapid digital transformation. Our industry longevity and Silicon Valley heritage has equipped us to successfully:

  • Partner with some of the world’s most transformational companies to build strong leadership teams and lasting client relationships. Some of our earliest clients remain clients today!
  • Earn a unique and in-depth perspective into executive roles—how they’ve evolved over time and how they continue to evolve in real-time.
  • Grow alongside our clients to meet their unique and developing needs.

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Our people are what differentiate us. SPMB has a long history of not only developing and attracting some of the industry’s most skilled search professionals, but also retaining them—the average tenure of an SPMB partner is 10 years! We understand the incomparable value of human capital to our own organization and to those we serve.

Solutions And Expertise

Specializing in technology and innovation, we recruit upper management and board members to growth-oriented companies in tech, consumer, and sustainability industries.

Solutions
  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Recruitment Research
Industries
  • Agriculture
  • Alt. Investments
  • Asset Management
  • Automotive
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Cloud Based
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Devices
  • Energy
  • FinTech
  • Healthcare Services
  • Hedge Funds
  • High Tech
  • Internet
  • Luxury
  • Machine Learning
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile
  • Oil & Gas
  • Payments/Processes
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Supply Chain
  • Transportation
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Consumer Services
  • Data/Analytics
  • Development
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Investor Relations
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

How to Prepare Candidates for a Successful Resignation

So, you’ve just run an exhaustive search process leading to a key executive that everyone has agreed is ‘the one.’ The negotiations are finally over, the swords have been put away and you have a signature on the offer letter. Time to celebrate, right? Think again. Never underestimate a candidate’s ability to blow themselves up

SPMB Recruits CFO for Pear VC 

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. SPMB, an executive search firm that helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, has assisted in the placement of Anna Nitschke as the new CFO of Pear VC. Suzanne Heske, who heads SPMB’s

Sustainability and Clean Tech Meet the ‘Perfect Storm’ as Sector Surges

No one was saying it in so many words, but the report that the United Nations Global Compact and Russell Reynolds Associates released last year was aimed at nothing less than helping to save the world. Six years ago, leaders from 193 nations at an historic UN summit adopted 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that

The Most Common Recruiting Mistakes at the Executive Level

Whether you’re a seasoned executive at a Fortune 500 company adding to your management team or a first-time founder and chief executive officer making a critical leadership hire for your start-up, Natalie Ryan of SPMB says common mistakes can derail the recruiting process. “As a client partner at SPMB, I have visibility into the most frequent recruiting mistakes and

Press Releases

SPMB Announces New Client Partner Lea Hagglund

(Sept. 2021) SPMB is pleased to announce and congratulate our new Client Partner, Lea Hagglund. Lea joined SPMB in 2015 as a member of the firm’s Technology practice and quickly established herself as a team leader and firm mentor. Today, Lea is an accomplished executive recruiter specializing in product and engineering searches across our growth-stage enterprise

SPMB Announces New Partner Natalie Ryan

(Sept. 2021) SPMB is pleased to announce and congratulate our newest Partner, Natalie Ryan. Natalie leads SPMB’s Southern California team and places key executive leaders across North America with disruptive growth-stage technology companies, as well as public organizations seeking innovation at scale. Throughout her career, she has successfully completed hundreds of searches for high profile clients

SPMB Announces New Client Partner Carleigh Morba

(Aug. 12, 2021) SPMB is pleased to announce and congratulate our new Client Partner, Carleigh Morba. Carleigh joined SPMB in 2015 and has since partnered with clients ranging from early stage, VC-funded startups to larger, growth stage companies. Her functional expertise focuses largely on GTM (sales, marketing, customer success), and she also supports strategic projects for

SPMB Announces New Client Partner Sarah Auten

(July 29, 2021) SPMB is pleased to announce and congratulate our new Client Partner, Sarah Auten. Sarah joined SPMB in 2018 and today co-leads the firm’s Financial Officers Practice, with a strong track record serving consumer-oriented companies. Sarah also launched SPMB’s General Counsel (GC) Practice — an area that she is uniquely qualified to lead having

SPMB Announces New Partner Damon Zeligs

(July 16, 2021) SPMB is pleased to announce and congratulate our newest Partner, Damon Zeligs. Damon joined SPMB in 2016 as an Associate and has since become one of the firm’s fastest-tracked employees, being named Client Partner in 2019 and Partner in 2021. Today, Damon and Managing Partner Eamonn Tucker lead the firm’s Infrastructure GTM technology

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SPMB - Unlocking Innovation for Our Clients for Over 40 Years
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