July 25, 2016 – Executive search firm Kensington International has added David Shpiz as an executive vice president within its executive search division. Based in Chicago, he will lead the firm’s technology practice, focusing on private equity-backed companies.
Mr. Shpiz was previously a partner at Kindred Partners, an executive search firm placing executives in high-growth technology companies. In addition to his Kindred experience, his background includes several years at Intel in marketing and product management and working as an equity research analyst in the communications software sector at Thomas Weisel Partners.
He also worked with Heidrick & Struggles executing technology-related searches for venture capital, private equity and public companies. In addition to supporting portfolio companies, Mr. Shpiz has conducted professional level searches for leading investment management teams.
“While Kensington has had an incredibly robust private equity practice for many years, the ability to expand what has traditionally been consumer, healthcare and industrial work to now include the technology sector is very exciting,” said Brian Clarke, a founding partner. “Dave and his work on both coasts can be highly leveraged in terms of supporting the ever-increasing Chicago and Midwest-based PE-backed technology plays.”
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Kensington International provides executive search, leadership assessment, executive development, coaching and outplacement services throughout the U.S. Its practice areas include board director services; construction & infrastructure; consumer & retail; financial services; healthcare services; industrial manufacturing; and private equity.
A number of executive search firms have expanded within the technology sector in recent months. Here is a look at a few taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
- Warren Partners added Ian Mullett and Sarn Terry as directors to launch the firm’s new technology practice. Both join from Harvey Nash, where they specialized in technology and professional services;
- Futurestep expanded its advanced technology practice with the additions of Joanne Cumper and Ian Mosby as managing consultants in its London office. Previously, Ms. Cumper was an executive search consultant with Halo Search. Mr. Mosby joined from Renaissance Leadership, where he led its consulting and professional services practice;
- Russell Reynolds Associates named Jeff Yolen as leader of the firm’s software practice on the East Coast. Previously, Mr. Yolen was a leader in the software & internet practice at JM Search;
- Sheffield Haworth added John Budriss as executive director of corporate officers in the firm’s technology practice. Formerly, Mr. Budriss was the top executive at an Allianz U.S. entity, running its P&C commercial lines businesses.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media