About Us

The True platform is a global suite of products and services driving the intelligence behind talent management. True consists of five business units: True Search, Thrive, Synthesis, AboveBoard and True Equity.

True Search

Global recruitment for board members, c-suite executives, VPs, directors and other strategic talent. We focus on investment firms, their portfolio companies, and public companies seeking transformative growth.


Collaborative, real-time talent relationship management software and information services for search firms, in-house recruiters, and VC/PE firms looking to make better hiring decisions.


A multi-layered approach to leadership assessment and development which combines the evaluation methods of elite military units, executive coaching techniques and agile methodology principles.


A diversity-focused startup bringing unparalleled solutions to the critical need to bring more women and executives of color to leadership roles. With AboveBoard’s two-way platform, members get unique visibility to hundreds of opportunities while companies get access to qualified candidates.

True Equity

True Equity makes direct investments in high growth companies backed by elite venture capital firms.


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True Search is a global retained executive search firm working with some of the most innovative technology companies and forward thinking investors in the world.

We combine deep experience with a transparent, data-driven approach to place world class board directors, C-suite and direct report executives for high growth tech companies, as well as proven investment professionals for venture capital and private equity firms.

The True Search team is a group of special people who are passionate about doing great work and delivering excellent service. Meet our team.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Climate Tech
  • Consumer
  • Edtech
  • Enterprise
  • Entertainment/Media/Sports
  • Financial Services
  • Gaming
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Security
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • CISO
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • People & Talent

News Briefings

True Names Leaders for Climate Tech and Healthcare & Life Sciences Practices

Executive recruiting firm True Search has named EMEA and APAC leaders for its climate tech practice as well as its healthcare and life sciences practices. Partner Nathaniel Hook, formerly managing director of global executive search firm WittKieffer, is now head of healthcare and life sciences practices, EMEA, and APAC. Partner Rafe Jackson, who has been instrumental in True’s expansion into new markets as a global

Correlations Between Executive Search and Sustainability

Sustainability acts as an umbrella term for companies and organizations focused on advancing social and environmental impact initiatives. Organizations are looking to implement transformational change and forward their sustainability/ESG agenda. These changemakers have provided insights on the ever-evolving nature of the sustainability executive search market, and its importance within the U.S. market in a new

True Search Launches Diversity Practice

Executive recruiting firm True Search has launched a new diversity practice, which will connect companies with DE&I leaders. Under the leadership of True Search partners Aaron Clubb and Keri Gavin, the diversity practice was created to reinforce True’s commitment to delivering diverse candidate slates. The practice also helps clients develop engagement and recruiting strategies to attract underrepresented talent. “DE&I leaders are

True Search Appoints COO and CFO

Executive recruiting firm True Search has named Kate Vanek as global chief operating officer and chief financial officer. “Kate is a proven strategic COO and a high-impact finance executive who will help solidify our operational maturity, which will ultimately benefit our clients, teams and candidates,” said Brad Stadler, True co-CEO and co-founder. “Kate’s expertise will also ensure we

Press Releases

True Again Outperforms Executive Talent Industry to Become Sixth Largest Firm

(April 7, 2022) True, the fastest-growing global platform of innovative talent management products and services, rose to become North America’s sixth largest firm in the industry according to the recently published Hunt Scanlon annual ranking. True registered 132% YOY growth and outpaced the industry’s largest firms, solidifying its “fastest-growing” designation for another year. “We continually built

Andy Towne Featured on Insider’s List of Key Recruiters Amid the ESG Talent Crunch

(March 10, 2022) Climate Tech co-Head Andy Towne was featured in Insider’s list of top recruiters helping financial services companies fill environmental, social and governance roles. Towne spoke to Insider about the current hiring landscape in the climate tech industry. “I’ve worked with many of the premier funds over the years, but there has never been more

True Expands Global Leadership Team to Support Rapid Growth

(Feb. 16, 2022)  True, the fastest-growing global platform of innovative talent management products and services, announced today it has brought on Chin Yee Ng as general manager, Asia-Pacific (APAC); Darci Galvin as vice president of global client services; William Che as chief information officer; and promoted Andrea Watt to chief people officer. Each leader brings subject matter expertise to help support the increasing

Grant Beighley on the Demand for Fintech Talent

The True Search Financial Services practice has a bird’s-eye view of talent trends across finance. True’s own Grant Beighley was featured in a New York Times article, where he shared his expertise on the fintech and banking industries. He spoke about the unprecedented demand for fintech talent, and how bankers are looking to try something

True Adds to Gaming, Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice

(Jan. 19, 2022) True, the fastest-growing global platform of innovative talent management products and services, today announced several strategic hires to support its growing Gaming, Entertainment, Media & Sports practice (GEMS). True’s GEMS practice is making the world more entertaining as the premiere global search team focused on the convergence of leadership talent across these four areas. “We