March 31, 2020 – Zurich-based executive search firm Momenta Partners has expanded with the addition of Blaine Mathieu as partner in advising and leader of its start-up advisory practice.
Momenta Partners was founded as digital industry growth partners, investing in, advising and placing executive-level talent for leading and emerging companies focused on the digitization and transformation of industry. With the addition of Mr. Mathieu, Momenta will be bringing new start-up-focused offerings while adding to its bench of industry and technology practitioners.
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.
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Mr. Mathieu has had a long career as a CEO, CMO and CPO at public and private software and industrial internet of things (IIoT) companies including as manager of market intelligence at Adobe, vice president and general manager at Corel Corp., chief products officer at Mindjet and CEO of publicly-traded enterprise software company Selectica. 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. His work at VANTIQ helped drive growth with a client list that includes French oil giant Total and Chinese juggernaut China State Grid. As a result, the company secured a recent strategic investment and deep technology partnership with SoftBank to help deliver smart city solutions across Japan and the wider Asia market.
“We are pleased to have Blaine join our advisory team,” said Ken Forster, executive director of Momenta Partners and Momenta Ventures. “Momenta has long viewed that the most effective leaders in digital industry are ‘Renaissance people’, those who bring multi-faceted talents and cross-domain experience to industrial challenges. Blaine is a great example of that in action.”
“I truly believe my entire career has led me to this place,” Mr. Mathieu said. “Over the last 30 years I have witnessed and been a part of the digital transformation of industry and the journey is only just beginning. My focus over the last six years on big data, IoT and AI made it clear that Momenta is exactly the right match for me,” he said. “I look forward to bringing incredible value to the team, our portfolio and client base in short order.”
Growing Search Firm
Momenta Partners provides executive search services to the connected and digital transformation industries. 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.
Momenta Partners 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.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media