November 8, 2019 – Zurich-based executive search firm Momenta Partners has strengthened its staff with the addition of Leif Eriksen as partner. He will lead the firm’s insights and intelligence practice.
“We are delighted to welcome Leif to lead our expanded Insights and Intelligence practice,” said Ken Forster, founder and managing director of Momenta Partners. “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 brings 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.
“His career has been a balance between being a practitioner deploying digital technology, being an evangelist of leading edge products in the mobile, wireless, and industrial software arenas and being an industry analyst,” said Momenta Partners. He has managed project teams, developed successful go-to-market strategies for both start-ups and established technology companies, and advised industry executives on the business impact of relevant technology trends.
“Leif has had the privilege of observing first-hand the impact of digital transformation on a wide variety of industries and companies including iconic industry leaders such as GE and Motorola,” Momenta Partners said. “He has found that, for established enterprises, digital transformation involves major shifts in how decisions are made and the necessary change is highly disruptive to the existing organizational structure.”
Mr. Eriksen said he is excited about joining Momenta because of its focus on helping leaders, such as chief digital officers, in energy, manufacturing and smart infrastructure enterprises navigate these disruptive forces. “Momenta Partners has built one of the most widely recognized brands in the digital industry arena,” he said. “I’m excited to join them and look forward to working with the team to deliver actionable insights and intelligence to Momenta’s customers and partners.”
Growing Search Firm
Momenta 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 continued to strengthen its footprint in the U.S. with the addition of Bill O’Such as a strategy partner. He is based out of the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. O’Such has over 20 years of extensive history of connected industry leadership roles in mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and investments, driving international business and expansion for Fortune 500 companies. His experience includes leading initial digital offerings, delivering strategy workshops, developing competitive intelligence, assessing technology players and managing compound projects. He is a cross-company expert with deep market, product and technology insights in IIoT, analytics, autonomous vehicle software, fog/edge computing, network function virtualization and modern DevOps.
Earlier this year, Momenta added Andy Matthy as a partner in its executive search practice in Philadelphia. Mr. Matthy spent the last five years with Hobbs & Towne as a vice president in the firm’s executive search practice. He specialized in the sustainability, infrastructure and renewables markets, with a specific focus on the utility scale sector and assisting early-stage organizations with the commercialization of emerging technologies. He has experience placing executives across a variety of disciplines, including project finance, project development, commercial management, construction, PSCM, engineering and technology.
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