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 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

True Search Adds New Leaders, Expands CFO Role

Executive recruiting firm True Search has added Aisha Christian as general counsel, Didi Dayton as head of platform and community, and is expanding current chief financial officer Korhan Kivanc’s role to include responsibilities as True’s chief operating officer. “The addition of Aisha to the team and Korhan’s expanded role signify that our business has entered a new phase of strategic growth.

True Search Recruits CEO for Match Group

Executive recruiting firm True Search has assisted in the recruitment of Bernard Kim as the new chief executive officer of Match Group, a provider of digital technologies designed to help people make meaningful connections. Shar Dubey will be stepping down from the company’s top post at the end of the month. Todd Zangrillo, Agata de Reyes, and Ish Elhelbawey

Press Releases

True Acquires Climate Tech Recruiting Leader Hobbs & Towne, Inc.

(Dec. 7, 2021) True, the fastest-growing global platform of innovative talent management products and services, today announced its acquisition of climate technology and sustainability executive search firm Hobbs & Towne, Inc. (HTI). Led by founders Andrew “Andy” Towne and Robert “Bobby” Hobbs, HTI will continue to serve their mission-driven companies and provide an even greater range of capabilities as True’s new Climate

True Comp Dashboard Provides Transparency into Executive Salary Data

(Sept. 29, 2021) True, the fastest-growing global platform of innovative talent management products and services, today announced the launch of True Comp, a compensation dashboard for True clients that aggregates anonymized executive salary information into an easily searchable database. “True Comp empowers talent leaders to make smart and informed hiring decisions,” said Brad Stadler, True founder

New Amsterdam Office Broadens True’s Global Tech Reach

(Sept. 22, 2021) True, the fastest-growing global platform of innovative talent management products and services, today announced its new office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This region, which includes Belgium and Luxembourg, is a startup area on the rise – with a booming tech scene and a deep need for the tech-enabled global talent that’s at the

True’s Sister Company AboveBoard Closes Seed Round with 91% of Outside Funds from Underrepresented Investors

(July 13, 2021) AboveBoard, an inclusive platform for executive placement that is increasing representation of Black, LatinX and female professionals on boards and at the C-suite/VP level, has raised a $3 million seed round to fuel its continued business momentum. The company is fulfilling its commitment to diversity in all aspects of its business by

True Expands Global Reach into China

(June 30, 2021) True, the fastest growing global platform of innovative talent management products and services, today announced its enhanced capability in the APAC region with its new office in Shanghai, China. This investment underscores True’s commitment to connect companies with the best global talent in every corner of the world. “Expansion to China is