June 17, 2020 – Zurich-based executive search firm Momenta Partners has expanded with the addition of Richard White as managing partner of executive search. With the addition of Mr. White, Momenta strengthens its offerings to private equity and expands its geographic presence.
“We believe there is no more critical factor to digital industry transformation than catalytic leadership,” said Ken Forster, executive director of Momenta. “Richard has a proven track record of securing impactful leaders that have catalyzed their companies across our key digital industry sectors. We’re pleased to have him leading our executive search practice.”
For more than 10 years, Mr. White has led talent acquisition for Patriarch Partners, a New York City-based private equity firm where he placed C-suite leaders at more than 50 portfolio companies across 14 industry sectors. He began his career in public relations and digital marketing, before serving as director of media relations at FOX News Channel for nearly three years.
“Momenta has been at the forefront of digital industry transformation for years, positioning companies large and small for success,” said Mr. White. “I am humbled to join such an accomplished group of industry veterans, complementing my experience securing the best and brightest executive leaders within private equity.”
“Since our founding, we’ve focused on providing the best leaders for our clients, often taking fewer assignments to ensure thorough and insightful client and candidate experiences,” said Jonathan Moulton, managing partner of Momenta. “This has made us the go-to firm for technology-focused PE and VC firms. Richard’s deep experience helps us better serve the unique needs of larger, industrial PE firms.”
Growing Search Firm
Momenta Partners provides executive search services to the connected and digital transformation industries. The firm has completed over 200 executive leaders in digital leadership roles since 2015. It serves a wide range of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 leaders to venture-backed innovators. The firm has completed board, CEO, EVP, SVP, VP and director searches across all functions, within major vertical markets and on every continent. Its clients include Schneider Electric, Accenture, SIGFOX, Savi Technology, MiX Telematics and Eurotech Inc., among others.
In March, Momenta Partners added Blaine Mathieu as partner in advising and leader of its start-up advisory practice. The Momenta start-up advisory offerings include CEO coaching, fractional CXO services, market and landscape research, positioning and go-to-market strategy formulation, business modeling, business and partner development, and readiness for raising capital. Most recently, Mr. Mathieu was CMO and CPO at VANTIQ, a platform for creating the next generation of real-time industrial applications using AI and IoT.
Momenta Partners also recently strengthened its staff with the addition of Leif Eriksen as partner. He leads the firm’s insights and intelligence practice. “We are delighted to welcome Leif to lead our expanded Insights and Intelligence practice,” said Mr. Forster. “We’ve been recognized for our thought-leadership in digital industry and are now expanding this with deep industry intelligence and insights. This will complement our practitioner-led, industry-leading advisory, talent and venture investment practices, as well as support our chief digital officer focus.”
Mr. Eriksen has over 30 years of experience in the use of digital technology by industrial companies. He has been at the center of every major digital technology inflection point since the 1990s. Mr. Eriksen has experience in defined application areas such as enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) and asset performance management (APM) from his time as research director at AMR Research and Gartner, respectively.
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